There’s nothing quite like camping in one of Western Australia’s magnificent parks to really get back to nature. That means no more than the most basic of facilities at most of our more than 100 campgrounds. Cleared spaces for tents, campervans, trailers or caravans, and bush dunnies. No power, no running water (unless there's a river or waterfall nearby). Campers need to be well-prepared and self-sufficient.
Camping in our parks is limited to designated areas which have been chosen and designed to minimise the impact on the environment (see KNOW: Conserving our parks). You can locate the parks that feature these campgrounds by selecting the 'camping allowed?' option in the left column of our Park Finder or on our companion Park Stay website, where you can also make advance bookings for camping in Purnululu, Cape Range and Beelu National Parks and in Lane Poole Reserve.
For peak periods (see KNOW: When to visit), where booking is possible, you should book early to avoid disappointment, these are among our most popular campgrounds. Other campgrounds will often reach capacity early in school and public holiday periods, so plan to arrive early and have a back up plan with an alternative place to stay in case your first choice campground is full.
In the forested areas of the Experience Perth and Australia's South West regions, trees may provide some shelter from the wind and the summer sun but for the rest of the state and near the coast, such protection can be scarce. The lack of tree cover does have an upside: coupled with the absence of 'light pollution' in our parks, on a clear night (and there are plenty of those) you have uninterrupted views of the milky way and the starry night sky.
At some campgrounds you can cook and keep warm by a campfire during the seasons you'll need to (usually April to November, though this can vary), but at others, fires are not permitted at any time - only liquid or gas fuel appliances are permitted. The reason for the restrictions? Bushfire risk.
For those who like to have some comforts, there are other accommodation options in some parks, ranging from basic to full-service luxury. They are featured on this website and there will be much more information and the opportunity to search for them on the new 'Park Stay WA' site, which is coming soon.
Of course, there are lots more overnight options near to and between parks, but none of these are included here - go to Tourism Western Australia for more.