Here’s a taste of what you can expect, drawn from the Parks and Wildlife campground information and booking website, Parkstay WA . Our “Down South” Top 10 includes campgrounds between Perth and Esperance.
Like any outdoor activity, plan ahead and make sure you are well prepared by reading the “About Camping” section on the Parkstay website. This top ten selection is suitable for anyone with a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle. Some sites can be booked online through Parkstay WA.
Lane Poole Reserve
Experience camping at the new improved Baden Powell with redeveloped picnic areas for day visitors.
Nanga Brook campground is newly re-developed and provides campsites for campervans, caravans, camper trailers and tents.
This area is great for mountain biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the Murray River or go bushwalking and cycling or just relax with a good book.
The new Baden Powell campground was opened in 2013. It has three undercover camp kitchens with gas barbeques, cold water (collected rainwater), dishwashing sinks, food preparation surfaces and dining tables and benches. A great place for the family or a group of friends to experience nature with several campgrounds to choose from. Baden Powell is a great close-to-Perth first time camping experience. It is close enough to Dwellingup to pop in to town for a coffee or meal at the local hotel.
Pro Tip: If you are feeling adventurous try the newly opened Trees Adventure tree roping course but book in advance.
You can book to stay at Baden Powell online at Parkstay
9.5km from Dwellingup
Yalgorup National Park
A short drive from Perth you will find the newly redeveloped Martins Tank Lake campground.
A great place to take the children and enjoy a bush experience not far from Perth and close to the ocean. You can try your luck night spotting for possums, view wading birds on the lake, swimming nearby at Preston Beach, view thrombolites from a boardwalk and local wildlife. There is a great undercover barbecue area complete with stainless steel benchtops and seating.
If you enjoy walking take the 6km Lake Pollard Trail that takes in the Bird Hide where you can view the wildlife without disturbing them in their natural environment.
Pro Tip: Take a heavy-duty torch and go spotlighting for ring-tailed possums
60km south of Mandurah, 8km from Preston Beach
Wellington National Park
Potters Gorge is set on the banks of the Wellington Dam, in a shady Jarrah and Marri forest setting. Experience breathtaking views across the calm waters and try fishing or catching marron in season (with a permit.) This is a great place to take the family canoeing, swimming or kayaking.
Honeymoon Pool is a very popular campground on the banks of the Collie River and shaded by graceful peppermint trees. There is easy access to the river for swimming and water activities in summer or toast your marshmallows by the campfire in winter.
Warren National Park
WA Wilderness Glamping
Glamorous camping, or "glamping", is very popular among those of us who don't own a tent, camp bedding or cooking equipment or simply want to experience being out in nature, but still have some of life’s luxuries. Let your hosts Graeme and Toni Dearle of Pemberton Discovery Tours set up your fully equipped campsite at Drafty’s campground in Warren National Park. Enjoy the tall timbers of the Southern Forests, go bushwalking, freshwater fishing, cycling, canoeing or climbing one of the three fire lookout trees for a view over the forest.
Book a glamping adventure online at wawilderness.com.au
5km north west of Pemberton
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
New facilities at Conto campground
A great central location with easy access to the Cape-to-Cape Track, explore the underground cave systems, or go surfing, swimming, snorkelling, rock climbing, mountain biking or simply relax and experience the many nearby wineries and fine food outlets. A camp kitchen is available for your use and campfires are permitted except when fire restrictions apply.
Pro Tip – Take your break at Conto’s outside the school holiday periods for a quiet getaway.
19km south of Margaret River
Less than two hours from Perth, Dryandra Woodland is one of the prime places in the south-west for viewing native wildlife.
Both campgrounds provide a wonderful experience nestled among the magnificent woodlands and spectacular wildflowers in spring. If you are into walking there are numerous walking trails where you can discover the diversity of life and the quiet and solitude of the forest.
Click here for more information including a brochure on Barna Mia, where you can take a guided nocturnal tour in a tranquil sanctuary that has become home for some of Western Australia’s native animals facing extinction.
22km NW of Narrogin
Fitzgerald River National Park
Several campgrounds with brand new facilities are available for you to choose.
From July to October, southern right and humpback whales shelter close to shore with their newborn calves. The peaks of the Barrens Range form a spectacular backdrop to views across the bay. Point Ann is the one of the best places in Australia to see southern right whales close up. Stay at St Mary campground near Point Ann that is accessible via Bremer Bay.
Pro Tip – Walk the new Mamang Trail to Fitzgerald Inlet.
For more information including a brochure on the Mamang Trail and podcasts about the park click here
Located 180km NE of Albany.
Cape Le Grand
Pristine and perfect best describes the absolute beauty of Lucky Bay. The white beach and turquoise waters of this wide, sheltered bay are a must see and a great place to enjoy water-based activities. Here you will find a stunning blue ocean, sand so white and fine it squeaks between your toes and kangaroos sunbathing on the beach. Currently being redeveloped to improve facilities and capacity.
Located 50km south east of Esperance.
Stokes National Park
This small campground is nestled on the banks of Stokes Inlet surrounded by picturesque paperbark trees. Sites are allocated on a first come first served basis. This is a great place to unwind and experience nature at its best with activities such as kayaking, fishing, bushwalking. You will also discover an abundance of bird life on the inlet and lakes.
Pro Tip: A 4WD is needed to access some parts of the park but not the campground.
80km west of Esperance.
Beelu National Park
A small campground for tents only
This is a great spot if you are new to camping and want the bush experience but like a few comforts of home like hot showers and flushing toilets. The Perth Hills Discovery Centre campground is not far from Perth and a great place to bring the children for a first time camping experience. It has a camp kitchen with fridge, electric barbecues, power, a sink, hot showers, toilets and fire ring.
Pro Tip – Check out the Nearer to Nature program especially design for young nature discovers.
40km east of Perth.