Camping is an ideal way to enjoy nature. Whether you are new to camping and want to get a taste of the camping experience or you are fully self sufficient and want to get away from it all, you will find a camping experience suited to your needs.
The Western Australian bush is seasonally prone to bushfires. For your safety have a bushfire survival plan for your chosen area. Check fire danger conditions and restrictions for your destination at Fire and Emergency Services and weather forecast at the Bureau of Meteorology. Take appropriate clothing, equipment and supplies for the weather conditions and be prepared for extreme weather conditions.
- Tell a responsible person where you are going, what you are doing and when you expect to return. Discuss with them what they should do if you are overdue.
- When choosing a camp site, look up to spot overhead hazards. Although trees provide shade, they may also have branches that could fall. Avoid camping under overhanging or dead branches.
- If you’re with children, avoid camping too close to a water body. Supervise children closely at all times but especially near water bodies.
- Take heed of all hazard signs and directions from the rangers when at a park or reserve.
- Take your own water or if it is supplied, treat it by boiling, filtering or chemical treatment unless otherwise specified.
- Use portable fuel stoves as often as possible. Clear a sufficient area of flammable material to ensure spilled fuel or flames cannot start a bushfire. This should be a few metres in hot, dry conditions.
- Generators can cause bushfires and are only permitted in some parks and reserves for this reason. Campers are responsible for checking generator restrictions at individual campgrounds. As with portable fuel stoves, clear a sufficient area of flammable material around the generator.
Campfires can and have caused bushfires. They must be used with care at all times and only when permitted.
In the south-west parks campfires are permitted in fireplaces provided, except during bushfire season when no fires are allowed. Ground fires (that is uncontained fires) are not permitted at any time. Elsewhere, restrict your campfire to fireplaces when they are provided.
You can use a gas BBQ for cooking if it has an enclosed flame and all flammable material is cleared five metres away from around your BBQ.
Please check for updated advice at the Fire and Emergency Services website or with the local shire for details of local fire restrictions. Local governments may have other fire restrictions in place such as 'prohibited burning periods' or 'harvest and vehicle movement bans'.
No fires are allowed during a total fire ban, in fireplaces or otherwise.
- Your campfire requires a 3 metre earth break surrounding it and must always be attended. Large fines may apply if campfires or other unshielded flames are left unattended.
- An ember can start a bushfire. Make sure you completely extinguish all fires before leaving an area or going to bed (if camping).
- Campfires should not be used as a rubbish incinerator as plastics release toxic gases when burnt.
- Campfires can cause burns, beware of hot BBQ plates, coals and hot water.
In case of fire call 000 (and/or local Parks and Wildlife office).