Camping is a great way to connect to the outdoors, take a break from daily life and spend time with family and friends. Since the beginning of the pandemic, campers and caravanners have searched far and wide to find the best camping spots for both families and nature lovers. Whether you’re looking to spend some quality time in nature, searching for an adventure or just want some holiday fun with the kids, camping has a bit of something for everyone.
Western Australia is one of the most scenic places in the world to travel, abounding in natural wildlife, and beautiful to explore. There are nearly 300 campgrounds in Western Australia managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), including camping huts along the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail. What’s better than spending a few nights under the stars, especially for free?
The camping experts here at Supex Products have created a list of our favourite free camping sites in Western Australia:
1. Betty’s Beach, Albany
Betty’s beach is a remote coastal campsite located 55km east of Albany’s town centre where you can camp for free between the months of May to January. Betty’s Beach is a quaint campsite with spectacular coastal views and direct beach access to beautiful soft, fine sand. The campsite hosts public toilets and rubbish facilities but no available drinking water so you will have to retrieve your drinking water from the Albany town centre. The campsite also allows dogs so long as they are on a lead.
The campsite is closed between February and April for the Salmon fishing season. If you’re an experienced fisherman, you’ll be happy to find the waters swimming with Herring, Whiting, Skippy, rock species Salmon, Flathead, Silver Bream Shark Tailor and Sampson fish.
If you’re interested in the history of this campsite, you can find out more about who Betty was here.
2. Stokes National Park, Goldfield-Esperance Region
Stokes National park is located 80km west of Esperance and is where you’ll find Shoal Cape, an estuary home to 3 coastal small campsites bustling with wildlife. The campsites are surrounded by rocky headlands and white beaches with towering sand dunes. There’s nothing better than waking up, walking down to the beach and breathing in the fresh ocean air.
You’ll need to bring your own drinking water and take your rubbish with you as there’s no nearby available drinking water or rubbish bins. It’s also advised to leave your Four-legged friends at home as they lay baits regularly around the park.
3. Doolena Gorge, Marble Bar
If you love to start your mornings with serene sunrises and spectacular cliff face views, you definitely have to visit Doolena Gorge for a couple of nights. Located a Two hour drive south of Port Hedland, there are so many fun activities that everyone will love. If the weather is nice, start your morning off with a climb up the cliffs to a nearby waterfall, then cool off with a refreshing swim in the waterhole – and it costs absolutely nothing.
The gorge is best explored on a 4WD or can alternatively be explored via operated tours. If you’re only planning to stay for one night, take a look at our camping needs checklist for your one night stay.
4. Karalee Rocks, Yellowdine
If you’re travelling in a campervan or RV, Karalee Rocks is a beautiful place to set up for a night or a few. Karalee Rocks is great for avid bushwalk lovers and anyone interested in exploring the history of the area, as it was originally developed as a catchment and reservoir for trains passing through to Kalgoorlie.
Don’t forget to bring your own firewood so that you can prepare a tasty camp meal under the stars. If you’re looking for high quality, Australian camp cookware for over-the-fire cooking, take a look at our cast iron cooking products.
5. Peak Charles, North Esperance
Take some time off the daily grind and sink into the picturesque views and scenery around Peak Charles. A great spot for experienced hikers, the 2km hike up the cliff ends with spectacular views of the salt lakes and landscapes. No need to book in advance at this campground, the site operates on a first come, first served basis and gets busy quickly during school holidays.
If you’re looking for some new places to explore in Western Australia, make sure you check out a few of the places on this list. You’ll enjoy every second of your trip at the Must-see places on this list and even better, you’ll be doing it all for free. Have questions before taking off on your next adventure? Our team here at Supex Products are happy to help with all of your camping needs.