The best places to camp

 

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

Dwellingup

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!

Wheatbelt Region

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.

Great Southern

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. 

South West

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. 

WA Region May 18

Perth to Perth itinerary including Karijini National Park

Itinerary including Karijini National Park

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes – 200 kms (2.5 hours)

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre. Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset. If you have a 4WD, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape, otherwise stay at the RAC Cervantes caravan park.

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August. Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Leg 3: Non-travel day

Leg 4: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia – 397 kms (5 hours)

If you want to break up the drive, Hamelin Pool has a museum and boardwalk over the stromatolites. Interesting history and the tea rooms do meals and a fantastic Devonshire Tea. Camping could be in either Denham Township or Monkey Mia.

Leg 5: Non-travel day

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottle-nose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans. South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

Leg 6: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay – 580 kms(7 hours)

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when travelling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach. Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Leg 7: Non-travel day

Enjoy the day swimming and exploring.

Leg 8: Coral Bay to Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife. You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also seems to offer good facilities.

Leg 9: Non-travel day

Leg 10: Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park to Karijini – 674 kms (8.5 hours)

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD or stay at Dales Campsite if you don’t.

Leg 11: Non-travel day

Leg 12: Non-travel day

Leg 13: Karijini to Mount Magnet or Paynes Find – 376 kms (4.5 hours)

A long drive. Get an early start and see how far you get. At the very least you should get to Mount Magnet, but if you can get to Paynes Find or further it will make the last day a lot easier.

Leg 14: Drive back to Perth (5-6 hours)

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel/ food / bathroom stops.

Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.

The trip can be done in the reverse direction, however we find that doing the coast first is beneficial in case it becomes too windy. If it’s too windy, you can head inland to Karijini earlier than expected where it is more protected. If you do Karijini first you don’t have anywhere new to go to get away from the wind.

 

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

 

Traveling North will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers. If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure with your Crikey Camper! Those are the top places that Red Dirt Rentals recommends not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD to Broome or Darwin!

Leg 1: Perth – Cervantes (247 kms) – 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.  Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape.

Leg 2: Cervantes – Kalbarri (378 kms) – 4.5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August. Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Leg 3: Non travel day

Leg 4: Kalbarri – Monkey Mia (397 kms) – 5 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.  South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park.  This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres! Stay at the RAC caravan park.

Leg 5: Non travel day

Leg 6: Monkey Mia- Coral Bay (580 kms) – 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach. Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Leg 7: Coral Bay – Exmouth/ Cape Range (152 kms) – 2 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife. You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also seems to offer good facilities.

Leg  8: Non travel day

Leg 9: Exmouth/ Cape Range – Karijini NP (674 kms) – 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD.

Leg 10: Non travel day

Leg 11: Non travel day

Leg 12: Karijini – Millstream Chichester National Park (207 kms) – 3.5 hours

Millstream compared to Karijini, is a more peaceful place. Nonetheless, it boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important aboriginal sites in Australia! Stay at Mliyanha Campground.

Leg 13: Millstream Chichester – 80 Mile Beach (476 kms) – 6 hours

The place where majority of people stop at 80 Mile Beach to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

Leg 14: 80 Mile Beach – Broome (376 kms) – 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

Total Kilometres:    3,487
Total Travel Hours:    44

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.

 

Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

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