Cooooeeee! Calling all Park Explorers! We all know that Western Australia has some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, so what better way to kick off the New Year’s hot summer months than by grabbing some friends or family and setting up camp by the ocean. Here are some beachside campground ideas to get you waking up to the sounds of the ocean on your next camping adventure.

Big Lagoon Campground – Francois Peron National Park

Francois Peron National Park is known as the place where the desert meets the ocean and the colours are incredible. Big Lagoon campground overlooks a stunning turquoise lagoon which you can explore by canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Campsites here are only accessible by four-wheel-drive or a boat – what a cool way to arrive!

There is excellent sheltered decking and barbecue facilities and we think once you get here, you might not want to leave.

What a great way to catch your breath from the Christmas and New Year period!

To camp at Big Lagoon, online bookings are not available and its first in, first served. Prices are:

  •  $11 adult per night 
  • $7 concession card holder per night
  • $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years)

* there is an additional entry fee to enter the park. 

Lucky Bay – Cape Le Grand National Park Campervan and awning set up overlooking ocean

Lucky Bay is located within Cape Le Grand National Park and is famous for its crystal blue waters, soft white sand and the visiting kangaroos. 

While camping at Lucky Bay, there are lots of activities to take part in such as diving, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, and even bushwalking - not to mention lazing on the beach or enjoying a barbeque as the sun sets. 

There are 56 campsites to choose from which are suitable for tents and swags, campervans, rooftop tents, caravans and camper trailers. Lucky Bay also is two-wheel-drive access.

When camping here, it is important to keep in mind that although the kangaroos are approachable and friendly, they are still a wild animal. It is a good idea to keep your distance and refrain from feeding the wildlife.

Rubbish bins are not provided in the park so please be prepared to take your rubbish with you.  

If this sounds like where you want to be, online bookings are essential in guaranteeing a spot and can be made here

Prices are:

  • $15 adult per night 
  • $9 concession card holder per night
  • $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years).

* there is an additional entrry fee to enter the park.

Boat Harbour Campground – Cape Range National Park campsites in low shrubs overlooking the ocean

Boat Harbour campground is located within Cape Range National Park and is right next to the breathtaking Ningaloo Marine Park. It’s only small and consists of 5 campsites but you’ll be able to enjoy activities such as diving, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Small boats can be launched from the beach.

This campground is perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful time away with friends or family to start off the year. It is important to note that this campground is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles.

Bookings can be made here, and prices are:

  • $11 adult per night
  • $7 concession card holder per night
  • $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years).

*there is an additional entry fee to enter the park.

Conto Campground – Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park Tent set up under the shade of the trees

Conto campground is not quite as close to the ocean as the others we have featured but you can still hear the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore from your sleeping bag.

Conto campground is located in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is one of the larger campgrounds near the ocean. There are 116 campsites under the shade of the peppermint trees for camping in tents to larger caravans and camper trailers.

Other than enjoying the very popular beach, at Conto you can also go bushwalking and enjoy the breathtaking views of the south-west coast. Wineries, caves and the Boranup Forest are just a short drive away.

Bookings have to be made online to guarantee a spot at this busy location, and prices are:

  • $15 adult per night
  • $9 concession card holder per night
  • $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years)

Mesa Campground – Cape Range National Park View of campground near the ocean

Can you picture yourself here?

Mesa campground can be found in Cape Range National Park and is so close to the beautiful Ningaloo Marine Park you might be lucky enough to see migrating whales or dolphins swimming by.

The campground has 23 hard surface campsites and Campground Hosts usually manage the camp from April to the end of November.

Some water based activities you can experience while camping here include canoeing and kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and fishing.

Booking your stay at Mesa campground must be done online, and prices are:

  • $11 adult per night
  • $7 concession card holder per night
  • $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years)

*there is an additional entry fee to enter the park.

Are you already planning your first camping trip by the ocean for 2020? Don’t forget to tag us @exploreparkswa in your snaps on social media, or use the hashtag #exploreparkswa. We’d love to be a part of your next adventure!

Written by guest blogger Kayla Kargas, Strategic Communications Specialist

Image credit: All DBCA except Big Lagoon - @stephanielopaten, Lucky Bay - @6reasonswhy_travelblog



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