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

Postpone, Don’t Cancel

We would like to thank you for supporting us!

In a statement released by the Tourism Council of Western Australia, CEO Evan Hall urges tourists to postpone, rather than cancel, any planned holidays in WA that can’t currently take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic… and tourism businesses were relaxing their cancellation policies to allow credits so visitors could return at a later date.

“On behalf of tourism businesses across the State, we ask that you do not cancel your holiday – just postpone it.

Get in touch with tourism businesses and postpone your booking for a better time,” Evan Hall Tourism Council WA CEO

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday:

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Click here for more information.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as previously stated.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

This information is valid as of 1.04.2020 as it is likely to change as the situation progresses, please check back regularly for updated information.

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings. This is an ever changing situation and as a result our position is being constantly reviewed and the information below is current as of 1st April 2020.

During the current period where extenuating circumstances exist, such as government-mandated restrictions on travel, quarantine, etc. we have made the following exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Australian Government direction

We will waive the normal cancellation fee whilst the Australian Government has an official travel warning or ban in place that prevents you from reaching your collection point on the first day/ date of rental.

What can you do if you are affected by a COVID 19 event?

Should your booking be affected by our cancellation policy there are 3 avenues to consider;

  1. Reschedule your booking
  2. Monitor relief packages being offered by your travel insurance provider
  3. Work with us to ensure all customers have access to their entitlements based on the company’s desire to deliver a sustainable outcome for everybody

During this period our administration staff are still on hand to assist you. Please be aware the team are currently experiencing a high level of telephone and email traffic, and therefore we apologise in advance if our response time is longer than what would normally be expected.

Reschedule your booking

When you are ready, your journey awaits………

Our current situation is not going to last forever, and things will return to normal, including road trip holidays.  You are welcome to book for the same time next year or for different dates, duration or direction of travel.

Should you wish to Postpone your booking, 100% of any cancellation fee or deposit will be offset against future travel and we will reward your support with a further discount.

For many customers it will be more advantageous to reschedule a booking rather than to cancel the booking altogether.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Credit Note issued

Should you not have new dates in mind, the company will issue a Credit Note preserving the value of your booking for a later date. Our team will be in regular contact with you to help you arrange your trip.

Availability

Rescheduling will ensure that preferred dates and direction of travel are secured for the customer. As we are offering an incentive to reschedule rather than cancel, we anticipate 2021 fleet capacity will be taken up earlier than normal booking trends.

Get in early….

Product changes permitted

You are welcome to change your selected product to any vehicle type offered by Crikey Campers or Red Dirt 4WD Rental.

Vehicle selection is naturally subject to availability.

No cost changes

We do not charge fees should a booking need to be changed slightly after air travel is booked.

Changes are naturally subject to availability.

Travel Insurance

In some cases, your travel insurance provider may cover your cancellation costs.

It is becoming apparent that some providers, including those products offered by your Credit Card provider are altering their initial stance of “No cover” since Government travel restrictions have been imposed.

Contact your provider and stay abreast of their current claim payment policy.

Please contact our staff to obtain the necessary documentation to support your claim.

We are in this together

In cases where you are owed money by the company we ask you to work with us.

The unforeseeable and sudden nature of the events leading to a large number of booking cancellations over a short period of time will put significant pressure on the cash reserves of all tourism providers. We are affected by this scenario.

We ask you to work with us so we can address the scale of the company’s exposure and provide a sustainable payment plan to all those that qualify.

It will take the cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve this outcome.

As the effect of current events have not yet settled, please be aware that the company is not in the position to commit to a defined time frame at this point.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as originally offered.

The company will be constantly monitoring official advice and work to maintain the health and safety of its clients and staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact.

Regards, Andrew Woodcock
Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

Important Announcement

 

Operational Shut Down

Following the advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation, we are devastated to inform you that our business will be going into “Operational Shut Down” until 30th April 2020, after which time our position will be reviewed. At this stage it looks very likely that the shut-down will extend beyond this initial date.

This certainly was not an easy decision for us to make, although as we operate throughout regional Western Australian and Northern Territory, we feel a strong sense of social responsibility to not only keep our guests and employees safe, but also to protect our regional communities.

It is with great sadness that we have had to let many of our valued staff members go as we respond to the challenging trading environment.

However, we are still here to help.

In the interim our administration team will still be on hand. The administration team are currently focused on managing the insurmountable level of booking alterations and maintaining communication with our valued clients during this ever-changing situation.

For those travelers who were planning to visit our region in 2020, we hope you are able to postpone your travel plans and join us in 2021, or as soon as we can responsibly recommence our rental operations.

All current bookings are fully transferable, and we have committed to honoring 2020 rates for these existing bookings if you elect to postpone. Our team are working through current bookings and will contact you in due course.

If you are considering new travel plans with us, no booking deposit will be required until the appropriate Australian Government travel restrictions are lifted.

We appreciate your support and understanding.

Regards,

Andrew Woodcock

Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

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