Escape to a new style of outdoor freedom
Caravanning and camping are perfect ways to discover the unique natural wonders on offer in Western Australia.
From 5 star serviced glamping or catered camping, eco stays to outback station experiences, or simply pitching a tent yourself, the wide variety of camping options available means it’s no longer necessary to completely ‘rough it’.
If caravanning is more your cup of tea, you can enjoy the comforts of your home away from home, stay on the road and explore WA for as long as you like.
For those who prefer a more luxurious escape, glamping offers the ultimate indulgence – all the creature comforts of a hotel while relaxing in stunning remote destinations.
If you want to get back to the bare basics where the destination alone provides the magic, you can. WA is home to some 100 stunning national parks all waiting to be explored with excellent camping facilities in them or nearby.
5 top reasons to love camping and caravanning
- The feeling of freedom
- Sense of community for singles, couples and families alike
- Getting back to basics while immersing yourself in nature
- Discovering places you never knew existed
- Open to everyone as it suits all budgets
Experience extraordinary all year round
Western Australia is a diverse state with opportunity to experience the outdoors through caravan and camping all year round. Here's a few suggestions to help your planning:
- April to July – head to Ningaloo to swim with giant whale sharks by day, and gaze at starry skies overhead Cape Range National Park by night.
- June to September – plan a winter escape in the Kimberley, when the tropical climate turns mild: perfect for exploring the famous Bungle Bungle Range. Campground sunsets are a highlight.
- June to November – hit the state’s wildflower blooming regions, which stretch from north to south.
- June to December – clutch WA’s magical coastline and spot playful humpbacks as they frolic in the Indian Ocean on their annual migration.
- November to March – stay alongside Australia’s whitest sandy beach at Esperance, enjoying temperate summer conditions and island dotted, turquoise waters.
5 weekend getaways from Perth
Whether sleeping in a tent, a caravan or a motorhome, these WA gems are all within a few hours of Perth:
- Yalgorup National Park - just south of Mandurah lies a chain of salt lakes harbouring 2000-year-old thrombolites (organisms that link to early life forms) and migrating waterbirds. Camp in the surrounding Tuart forests.
- The Pinnacles – witness this honeycomb coloured karst-scape rising from the sand while basing yourself in Cervantes, where there’s an oceanfront caravan park.
- Ferguson Valley – rolling hills combed with vineyards, casual microbreweries and the oddity of Gnomesville make this area a must-see. Stay at tranquil Honeymoon Pool.
- Lane Poole Reserve – it has six campgrounds to choose from, plus iconic bushwalking trails, old growth forests and canoeing and fishing on the Murray River.
- Rottnest Island – only a 19km ferry ride away, WA’s favourite island has campgrounds ideal for a simple weekend getaway.
Great road trips: freedom to explore
The road tripping options in WA are endless. Here's a few ideas to get you started:
- Gibb River Road - one of Australia's most unique 4WD challenges, leading through Kimberley gorge country to Home Valley Station and El Questro.
- Golden Quest Discovery Trail - this journey to Kalgoorlie, Menzies and Laverton is a true outback adventure in one of the world’s biggest gold producing regions.
- Outback Coast: Indian Ocean Drive and Kalbarri - Take the Indian Ocean Drive to the Pinnacles Desert, the rich marine life of Jurien Bay and Geraldton, and beyond to Kalbarri National Park.
- World Heritage Drive: Ningaloo to Shark Bay - Tour Exmouth, Monkey Mia and Coral Bay, discovering the wonders that put Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay on the UNESCO world map.
- ARDI 4WD and Cultural Experience: Broome to Dampier Peninsula - Head from Broome to the Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque and see the Kimberley through the eyes of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth.
- Kimberley Wilderness Highway: Broome to Kununurra - Take the Kimberley Highway 1 from Broome to Kununurra on a tour of Indigenous culture and country, from Geikie Gorge to the Bungle Bungle Range.
- North Kimberley 4WD Experience: Mitchell Plateau to Kalumburu - Venture off the Gibb River Road and deep into the Kimberley wilderness – take a hike or flight to Mitchell Falls and fish the remote Kimberley coast.
- Avon Valley Weekender: York and New Norcia - Enjoy a romantic weekender in York, Northam, Toodyay and the Avon Valley and discover a little slice of old Spain in New Norcia.
- Great Southern Wine Trail: Albany, Denmark and Mount Barker - Tour the Great Southern Wine Region from Mount Barker to Albany and Denmark, indulging the senses in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
- South West Wine Trail: Bunbury, Margaret River and Pemberton - Hit Margaret River to indulge your foodie passions in Australia’s largest premium wine region and discover the flavours of Bunbury and Pemberton.
- Geraldton to Exmouth on the Wool Wagon Pathway - The Wool Wagon Pathway, from Geraldton to Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef, packs a big outback and coast adventure into just a few days.
- West Kimberley Coast and Gorges: West Kimberley Coast and Gorges: Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing - Head out from Derby to discover the west Kimberley’s trio of spectacular natural treasures – Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge.
Catered camping: life made easy
You don’t even need to own any gear in order to go camping, let alone know how to use it.
Camp set-up services are now available in selected locations in WA, so you can simply walk into the campground to see your tent set up, safe and secure, with your bed prepared and camp kitchen fully equipped.
Here are a few locations where this service is available in the South West region:
Glamping hotspots: luxury meets remote
For those of us whose comfort zone doesn’t usually extend beyond the hotel experience, glamping is the answer. Here's a snapshot of glampsites which can be found right around WA:
Improving caravan and camping experiences in WA
This is an initiative of the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan, which is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program to improve caravan and camping experiences in WA.