You are now allowed to hit the road in WA when Phase 2 Coronavirus travel restrictions come into effect.
Restrictions are to be relaxed with travel allowed between the new regional borders, displayed in the map below – coming into place on Monday 18 May.
We’ve come up with our top camping spots within the Perth and Peel, Wheatbelt, Great Southern & South West Regions.
Perth and Peel Region
Lane Poole Reserve (100kms from Perth)
Just east of Dwellingup, along the banks of the Murray River are large camping areas and smaller private enclaves.
Pack your walking boots, mountain bike, (and if you’re game enough) kayak and canoes!
Other campgrounds in this area are Baden Powell, Charlie’s Flat, Chuditch, Nanga Mill, Nanga Townsite, Stringers, Tony’s Bend, Yarragil and Nanga Brook.
Beelu National Park (About 45 minutes from Perth)
Located in Mundaring, this camping area is the perfect first-timer experience as it is close enough to Perth whilst still being in the bush.
It is part of the Perth Hills Discovery Centre which means there are amenities available. There are many walk trails to discover including sections of the Bibbulmun Track and mountain biking on the Munda Biddi Trail.
Yalgorup National Park
Martins Tank (About 1 and a half hours from Perth)
Close to Preston Beach for fishing, swimming and walk trails to take in nature. Yalgorup means place of lakes. Check out Lake Clifton where amazing living fossils called Thrombolites can be found.
Yanchep National Park
Henry White Oval (52km North East of Perth)
Only 43 minutes from Perth is a campsite in Yanchep National Park in the Wanneroo Shire. There is a lovely meadow feel nestled in the tuart and banksia woodlands. It’s the perfect long weekend getaway with young kids.
You can check out Yanchep Lake, the Adventure Tree’s course, Crystal Cave, Yonderup Cave and Cabaret Cave.
You must book online and it is a super popular campsite (due to the proximity to Perth and affordability). Sites are allocated on a first come first serve basis so get there early!
Baladjie Rock (Approximately 3.5 hours’ drive from Perth)
Located 42km north of the Shire of Westonia.
Bring your camera with you and climb up the main rock for a spectacular view over the lake system and surrounding landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for Ornate Dragon Lizards (Ctenophorus ornatus) who also call this area home.
Billiburning Rock (358 kilometres east of Perth)
Located in the Shire of Mt Marshall
One of the best reasons to visit the site has to be the spectacular views from the top of Marshall Rock where one can see Lake McDermott, vast agricultural lands and even the Bencubbin Wheatbins.
The best time of year to come here is Spring (September to November) when there are masses of wildflowers. This Outcrop 35km north of Beacon provides excellent views of both cropping and pastoral country. This site is also dog-friendly.
Beringbooding Rock (298 kilometres east of Perth)
Located on the corners of Beringbooding Road and Cunderdin Road is a real gem if you enjoy exploring walk trails and natural attractions. Beringbooding has an amazing balancing boulder, a huge gnamma hole and Aboriginal hand paintings at the rear of the rock, painted by the Kalamaia Tribe.
Elachbutting Rock (Just over 4 hours from Perth) If Wave Rock is too far to travel, about 366 kilometres from Perth is a very similar rock formation.
Karalee Dam (298 kilometres east of Perth) Popular camping spot on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail.
Kwolyin – Kokerbin Rock (298 kilometres east of Perth) Campsite is located 9kms south of Kokerbin Rock.
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Set up and enjoy the new facilities at Conto campground (19km south of Margaret River). Keep in mind this is a popular destination during the school-holidays.
Fitzgerald River National Park
Travelling via Hopetoun stay at the Four Mile campground or Hamersley Inlet. It is the perfect time (July to October) to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales with their newborn calves.
Walk the new Mamang Trail to Fitzgerald Inlet.
St Mary’s Inlet, near Bremer Bay
Located in the coastal dunes of Fitzgerald River National Park, St Mary’s is ideal for whale watching. Nearby at Point Ann is a whale nursery.
Cape Le Grand
Lucky Bay campground (Located 50km south east of Esperance)
Here’s an old favourite and for good reason; the white beach and turquoise waters are a must see.
Stokes National Park
Benwenerup campground (80km west of Esperance.)
A 4WD is needed to access some parts of this park. This small campground is nestled on the banks of Stokes Inlet. Sites are allocated on a first come first served basis. It’s a great place to unwind and experience nature at its best with activities such as kayaking, fishing, bushwalking.
Wellington National Park
Honeymoon Pool (18km west of Collie)
Set among beautiful trees it is a popular spot, especially with the easy swimming access to the tranquil river.
Boranup Forest, near Augusta
Situated in a beautiful karri forest, you’ll feel surrounded by nature in this campsite.
Warren National Park
Heartbreak Trail, near Pemberton
Located on the banks of the Warren River in the Warren National Park, both Drafty’s Camp and Warren Camp are beautiful spots for camping.
D’Entrecasteaux National Park
Black Point, near Augusta
Accessible only by 4WD and located within D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Plenty of basic campsites, some with picnic tables. Just a short drive to great fishing and surfing spots on the south coast.
Banksia Camp, near Walpole
With pristine beaches nearby this is a great campsite for groups! 4WD access only.
Keep in mind
While we can go camping in our region, remember to keep to social distancing rules, stay in small groups (10 or less) and be aware of personal hygiene at the communal kitchen and toilet blocks.