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Western Australia Beach Camping Guide

Western Australia Beach Camping Guide

Camp Spots October 5, 2017


Western Australia Beach Camping Guide – Western Australia boasts a massive 12,900 kilometres of stunning coastline, making it the world’s beach camping capital.

From the South Coast at the edge of the Southern Ocean, to the Cape and Geograph Bay, the Indian Ocean coast to the north-west, as far as the Timor Sea  – for incredible beach camping – Western Australians are spoilt for choice.

From camp spots near surf breaks, to stunning inlets and bays – perfect for snorkelling and swimming, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, beach fishing and boating – these are some of the most magical spots to pitch a tent in WA.

Belvidere Campground

The campground is nestled among tuart forest near the edge of Leschenault estuary.

The camping area is suitable for caravans and has wood barbecues. There are 11 camping sites each with a table and barbecue.


Campfires are usually permitted, in the provided fire rings only, between April 15 and November 30 but fire restrictions may be imposed at any time and without notice. Bring your own firewood. When fire restrictions are in place campfires must not be lit and any appliance powered by burning solid fuel must not be used. Always comply with any instructions at campgrounds and parks.

Campers´ own liquid or gas fuel barbeques, stoves and heaters can be used at any time, unless a total fire ban has been declared (see Department of Fire and Emergency Services).


Bookings cannot be made.

Track and Trails
There are a number of walk and cycle tracks that provide views across the estuary to the Darling Range and Australind townsite.

You can get to this site by: Two-wheel drive

GPS: -33.2355, 115.697

Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/belvidere-campground


Yallingup is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, 266 kilometres south of Perth. Yallingup is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches and limestone caves, and proximity to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Yallingup is home to one of Australia’s most picturesque surf breaks and renowned for its consistent quality waves.

The town is one of Western Australia’s most beloved and popular destinations in the Margaret River Region. Explore the reef just off the beach, a great spot for snorkelling, especially during calmer hours of the day.

The Yallingup Holiday Park is located right on Yallingup Beach, the site is busy most months of the year. The area is one of the most ‘Instagrammed‘ in WA, with the Three Bears, Yallingup, Smiths and Injidup beaches all stunning. The unusual rock formations (like at Wyadup Rocks) and the limestone caves are popular places to explore.
Yallingup (Instagram – kyliessv)

Tent sites start from $32 per night at Yallingup Holiday Park, with price can change in school holidays and Summer months.

Location:  186 Yallingup Beach Road, Yallingup

Website: new.yallingupbeach.com.au

Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful and memorable locations for beach camping. The holiday park is a short stroll to the incredible Hamelin Bay in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Hamelin Bay is famous for its stingray experience. Throughout the day, dozens of massive stingrays often come close to shore, attracted by fish scraps and bait often left in the water by those fishing. The rays often come in groups, sometimes up to ten at a time.

There are 120 campsites on offer, with 95 sits with access to power.

Location: Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Hamelin Bay Rd, Hamelin Bay WA 6288

Website: hamelinbayholidaypark.com.au

Conto Campground

Large, sheltered and well appointed campground nestled within shady peppermint woodland close to Conto Springs Beach and other park attractions.

Conto Campground has 116 camp sites nestled amongst the coastal peppermint woodland. The campground has a range of site types catering for tents through to sites suitable for large caravans and camper trailers. The Cape to Cape walking track is directly accessible from the campground and nearby Conto Springs Beach is a great place to relax, or to go surfing or fishing. The coastal headland scenery is stunning and most of it is accessible to two-wheel-drive vehicles.

The view at Conto Beach. Conto’s Campsite is just a short walk from the Ocean.

Just outside of Margaret River is a newly upgraded campsite, Conto. The campsites are not far from the stunning Conto Springs Beach, a great place to swim, body board, surf or just unwind on your own stretch of sand.

The well sheltered campground is nestled around shady peppermint tree woodlands. There are 116 sites to book, with camp kitchens, undercover areas, picnic tables and more facilities. Book online before you arrive, sites from $10 per person, per night.

Location: Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Conto Rd, Boranup WA

Website: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/conto-campground


The tranquil village of Prevelly is the perfect spot for a surf camping adventure. The beautiful location – about 15-minutes drive from Margaret River – offers outstanding surfing conditions nearly every day of the year.

There are 80 or so camping spots not far from the beach at Prevelly Caravan Park, with most of those with power.

Location: 9km West of Margaret River

Website: http://prevellycaravanpark.com.au

Peaceful Bay

Peaceful Bay is about half way between Walpole and Denmark, as the name suggests, one of the most calming places to camp in the world.

The Peaceful Bay caravan park offers visitors car camping opportunities. Right next to Walpole-Nornalup National Park, the site offers access to amazing beaches, 4WD tracks, bushwalking and much more. The Gap, Rame Head, The Tree Top Walk and Cape Range walk will keep you busy.

The area is perfect for beach fishing, expect to reel in a few whiting, biting just off the shore or perhaps salmon during the annual run between March and April.

There’s a small caravan park store, with stocks of essential items and a cafe/shop where you can munch down on fresh fish and chips.

Location: East Ave, Peaceful Bay WA 6333

Booking Information and Website: peacefulbaywa.com.au

Parry Beach

Parry Beach is located at the far western end of William Bay National Park, a popular surfing location, it stretches about five kilometres, merging with Mazzoletti Beach – taking visitors to Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. The campsite is managed by a team of dedicated volunteers with the permission of the local Denmark Shire.

The Bibbulmun Track winds through the campsite, along the beach to Tower Hill and beyond to Lights Beach. Parry Beach borders Mazzoletti Beach which is accessible across the mouth of the Parry Inlet.

The beach is fully accessible via the Parry Beach Road which winds along the Parry Inlet off the South Coast Highway west of Denmark.

Facilities including camp kitchen, solar-powered hot showers, a boat launching area and public toilets. There are public picnic tables around the campsite and firewood is sometimes on offer from the caretakers. Dogs are allowed, with owners asked to keep their pets on a leash.

Location: Parry Rd, Denmark

Booking Info/ Website: rainbowcoast.com.au/areas/denmark/parrybeach

West Cape Howe National Park, Albany

Shelley Beach – 30km west of Albany in West Cape Howe – is part of a series of beautiful beaches along the waters of Torbay. The turquoise waters, stunning surrounds and clear ocean make this beach a popular yet remote feeling destination on WA’s south-coast.

The beach and lookout are located just south of Cosy Corner along Coombes and Shelley Beach Roads, Shelley Beach has a large car park set just behind the beach.

The Shelley Beach Lookout is worth a visit for it’s views across Torbay and Torbay Head to the south, and of Torndirrup Peninsula, the Albany Wind Farm and The Gap across the water to the west.

Location: Shelley Beach Rd, West Cape Howe

Booking and Website: rainbowcoast.com.au/areas/albany/shelleybeach

Waychinicup National Park Campground

Waychinicup National Park extends from Normans Beach to Cheynes Beach, located 40-minutes drive east of Albany. The coastline features unusual granite rock formations, beautiful, clear waters and views both inland and out across the Indian Ocean.

There are a few small campgrounds in Waychinicup from $7.50 per-night, space is limited. Facilities include gas barbecues and toilets. These camping areas are popular with families and perfect places to base yourself for bushwalking and canoeing adventures. There are no pets allowed and there is no running water here, so you’ll need to bring enough fresh water in.

Boats can be launched from the beach at Two Peoples Bay to the west and at Cheyne Beach on the east side of Waychinicup National Park. Popular swimming locations in the area include Little Beach at Two Peoples Bay and the Waychinicup River inlet, of course, be aware of dangerous conditions whenever you take to the water.

Location: 120 Albany Highway, Albany for information.

Booking and Website: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/waychinicup

Four Mile Campground

Camping not far from Four Mile Beach in the Fitzgerald River National Park, just a short drive from Hopetoun on the south coast of Western Australia.

Camping not far from Four Mile Beach in the Fitzgerald River National Park, just a short drive from Hopetoun on the south coast of Western Australia between Albany and Esperance.

A perfect place to use as a base for extraordinary bush walks with stunning Ocean view rewards. The area is also ideal for spotting southern right whales – often seen sheltering in the bay with their young calves during winter months.

The small campground is set up with picnic tables and a gas barbecue facility. There are 15 campsites allocated and the site is somewhat protected from the weather.

This is a convenient place to camp when visiting East Mount Barren, Barrens Beach, Mylies Beach and West Beach, according to Parks and Wildlife WA.

Four Mile Campground costs $10 per adult, per night. No pets are allowed and there is no running fresh water, so be prepared.

There is another campground, St Mary Inlet in the Fitzgerald National Park, also not far from the beach. The cost and facilities area more limited compared to Four Mile Campground.

Location: Hamersley Drive, Hopetoun WA

Booking Information and Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/four-mile-campground

Cape Le Grand National Park & Lucky Bay

Cape Le Grand National Park is often cited by International travel media as having some of the most stunning beaches anywhere in the world.

Cape Le Grand is something else, rugged coastal peaks and clean, fine white sand beaches.. You’ll often see local kangaroos chilling out on the beach, it doesn’t get more Australiana than that.

You’ll find camping at Cape Le Grand Campground or Lucky Bay Campground.

These are both equipped with camp kitchens, gas bbq, picnic facilities, toilets and running water. These sites operate on a first come first served basis, so it’s best to come early. Fees apply.

Location: 50 km SE of Esperance

Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/cape-le-grand

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape Campground is located near Jurien Bay about 2.5 hours drive north of Perth. There are some 50-campsites starting from $15-per-night, including toilet blocks and camp kitchen facilities.

Conditions for swimming and snorkelling are often excellent, weather depending, with a cove offering protection and steep sand dunes surrounding. You’re almost always guaranteed an incredible Western Australian sunset in the evening.

The beach campground is popular, especially during weekends. You can’t book the sites, instead you’ll need to check-in on site.

Location: At the end of Sandy Cape Road (off Indian Ocean Drive)

Website: dandaragan.wa.gov.au


Monkey Mia

On the edge of the the Francois Peron National Park, is one of Western Australia’s most famous holiday destinations, Monkey Mia.

The Monkey Mia Experience is managed by WA Parks & Wildlife, where you can stand in knee deep water and see wild bottle nose dolphins, who visit every morning. Park Rangers will offer a limited number of fresh fish for hand feeding by a lucky few people.

A favourite spot for families and those not just looking to see the famous dolphins, Denham and Monkey Mia offers campers incredible beaches, red sand dune walk paths and stunning views.

Tent camping is available at Denham Seaside Tourist VillageBlue Dolphin Caravan Parkand Shark Bay Caravan Park in Denham. These sites all offer powered campsites and great facilities, like camp kitchens and gas barbeques. Check the respective websites for rates and other details.

The RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is 30-minutes drive from Denham, where campsites starting from $45 per night. Prices climbing during peak-periods.

Location(s): 1 Monkey Mia Rd | Shark BayMonkey Mia, Western Australia

Website: http://experiencesharkbay.com/accommodation/ & http://www.sharkbay.org/

Coral Bay

The small town of Coral Bay signals the start of the great Ningaloo Reef region, with beautiful coral reef just meters off shore.

The settlement includes a few houses and restaurants. Where the reef meets the beach, just 50 – 100 meters out, perfect for snorkelling, discovering a myriad of fish and other sea life.

Campsites are offered at the Bayview Coral Bay, with powered sites starting from $48-per night or unpowered from $43-per-night.

Location: Bayview Coral Bay, Robinson Street, Coral Bay

Website:  coralbaywa.com.au

Warroora Station

Warroora Station is at the epicentre of incredible beach camping in Western Australia’s 260 kilometre World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.

Warroora Station is home to 11 beachside camping spots, mostly only accessible by 4WD. You’ll need to be completely self-sufficient if you’re visiting these sites. Only 14 Mile is accessible by 2WD, all the other camping locations are 4WD only.

14 Mile

The protected waters of Ningaloo Reef only meters from the campsite, offering stunning views of the reef and easy access to the sea. 14 Mile is a “must visit” for anyone wanting to experience the raw natural beauty of the Ningaloo Coastline.

The Lagoon

Warroora’s Lagoon wilderness camp is 2 minute walk from the beach. The Lagoon has a salt water inlet, flowing to the ocean. You can access secluded bays and rock pools in the immediate area.

Black Moon Cliff

If you seek “a place all to yourself” Black Moon Cliff is your spot.
Here you’ll discover breathtaking panorama of the whole Ningaloo coastline. A steep “goat track” down the cliff face offers access to the beach below.

Elle’s Beach

Elle’s Beach is pure magic (4WD’s needed) with its close proximity to the most amazing coral gardens of the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef itself for those looking for a snorkeling experience without peer around the globe.

Campsites are 2 minutes walk from the pristine bays of this stretch of coastline and offer a panorama that will be forever etched on your mind.

Steven’s Surf Break

Steven’s Surf Beach is a heaven for surfers. One of 3 at Warroora station. The camping area is back behind the primary dune which offers some protection from the prevailing winds. A 5-minutes walk to the water.

Sasha Bell’s Spot, Veronicas Vista & Nolans Nook

Isolated Wilderness Camping areas – these are single camps only, with one small space allocated for a small group.

Location: 24km north of the Minilya Exmouth Rd / North West Coastal Highway turnoff.

Website: warroora.com

Ningaloo Station

The famous 50,000 hectare Ningaloo Station offers multiple campsites on the beach, pristine untouched coastline, rugged ranges, wild flowers, native fauna, fishing, and whale watching. Camp on the beach, snorkel on a reef and enjoy one of the world’s great wonders.

Each camping area is behind a locked gate (key collected from the homestead) to ensure sites are not overcrowded.

To protect the fragile ecosystems of the area there are a variety of rules and restrictions to follow relating to campfires, rubbish, pets and cleaning, all listed on the Popular camps are found at Winderabandi Point, North Lefroy Bay, Point Billie, South Lefroy Bay and Jane’s Bay.

Location: Great Northern Highway, to Minilya-Exmouth road for approximately 120kms; to Ningaloo Road, approximately 40 km north of the Coral Bayturn-offf and follow the signs.

Location: Great Northern Highway, to Minilya-Exmouth road for approximately 120kms; to Ningaloo Road, approximately 40 km north of the Coral Bayturn-offf and follow the signs.

Website: http://www.ningaloostation.com.au

Cape Range National Park

Adjacent to the Ningaloo Marine Park, Cape Range National Park is famous for spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers. Right on the top end of the Exmouth peninsulathe national park is home to some of the most awesome sights in Australia.

Some of the world’s best beaches are found here, including Turquoise Bay – often ranking in the top 10 or 20 beaches in travel media.

Pay camping fees on arrival. Keep in mind, November to March is cyclone season so check alerts for notification of parks closures.

Some of the best places to beach camp in Cape Range National Park:

Osprey Bay

44 camp sites situated above a rock-shelf shoreline with access to a small sandy beach for all visitors.

Yardie Creek Campground

In Cape Range National Park, and right on the beach (no facilities other than drop toilets).

No fires are permitted (including solid fuel stoves). Gas stoves are permitted unless total fire bans apply.

Tulki Beach – Cape Range National Park

11 campsites about 200 meters from the beach.

Location: Yardie Creek Road, Cape Range National Park

Website: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/cape-range

Cape Leveque

The northern most tip of the Dampier Penninsula in Cape Leveque – in a place that feels unchanged for a million years. 240km north of Broome, traditional owners of the land operate one of the world’s most unique eco resorts, in one of planet Earth’s greatest places.

The two surrounding indigenous communities of Djarindjin and Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) jointly own and operate Kooljaman, a cultural and ecological experience like no other.

Camp by the beach or experience the beach camping shelters right in front of the water.

Location: Kooljaman, Cape Leveque

Website: kooljaman.com.au


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