If you’re looking for free camping, Western Australia has it all. You can find a variety of free facilities that cater for all walks of life and all tastes — from simple and unassuming to rugged and adventurous. For example, if you’re looking for free beach camping, WA offers a favoured location at James Price Point. While if you’re looking for free camping in south west WA, Betty’s Beach is your top spot to visit.
If you’ve never explored like this before, why not try a campervan rental? We have a guide to choosing a campervan or car if you aren’t sure what suits your needs. To make it easier for you to load everything into your campervan and set off as soon as possible, we’ve compiled a great list of the top 10 sites for free camping WA has to offer.
The Mambi Island Camping Area is quite remote, but if you love fishing this just might be the perfect location for you. Travel along the Victoria Highway about 46kms to the north west of Kununurra and then turn onto the Parry Creek Road to look for the camping area.
There are a number of individual sites dotted amongst the trees and near to the boat ramp of the Ord River. Remember, you’re in a natural environment! Regulators advise you to be aware of saltwater crocodiles (known as ‘salties’ by locals) in the vicinity and keep an eye out for other dangerous native Australian animals too.
If you’re looking for some more fishing opportunities, then why not check out West Peawah River? This facility is located on the banks of the Peawah, and you need to take the north-west coastal highway about 25kms north-east of Whim Creek.
If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to set up under some shady trees.
If you happen to be in the Kimberley area, look for the Mary Pool Free Camp. It is situated about 180km to the east of Fitzroy Crossing, or 109kms west of Halls Creek.
This is an extensive facility, situated on the banks of the Margaret River and you will be able to access the camp on good quality, sealed roads. Keep your eyes open and watch for the possible presence of crocodiles in the river.
If you’re looking for some spectacular scenery, travel no further than Peak Charles. This camping ground is situated in the National Park of the same name and is about three hours north of Esperance. Look for the town of North Cascade to help you get your bearings.
Peak Charles gets its name from a towering granite peak that stretches more than 2,000 feet into the air. If you’re adventurous, you will be able to climb up some of its steep hiking paths to gaze off into the far distance. On a clear day you will be able to see many shimmering, salt lakes in the distance stretching all the way to the horizon. Certainly, this is rugged camping at its best and you’ll understand why many people return here year after year because of its outstanding natural beauty.
Please note that on top of the usual safety precautions to take when driving in Australia, you may need four-wheel-drive to access this site.
If you love fishing, swimming, and even water skiing, you’ve got to check out this Lake Elphinstone. Located 24km southeast of Glenden, this spectacular natural lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and trail walks, a perfect spot for free camping in Queensland.
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If you’re looking for something that is a little less frenetic, why not try Betty’s Beach? It’s located between Norman’s Beach and Two People’s Bay, about 17kms south of Manypeaks in Albany. This is a secluded and quiet area that is perfect for fishing or just relaxing. You may have to arrive early to find a great spot, and remember that the campsite is closed from mid-February to late April for salmon spawning season.
About 52kms to the north of Broome, you will find the James Price Point camping grounds. This is a fascinating area and was once dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park” by scientists following discovery of a dinosaur print, while many fossilised footprints of ancient man have also been discovered. Off shore you will find the largest humpback whale nursery in the world and you’ll be able to relax on inviting sandy beaches.
Take the Manari road from the town of Waterbank and access is by a gravel road to a gravel parking area.
Last on the list but first in our estimation is the stunning Lake Poorrarecup. You will need to travel to the northern side of the Poorrarecup Lake to find this free campsite, which is very popular due to an extensive range of water activities. Here you will be able to indulge if you love boating, skiing, sailing or canoeing and you can hang out with both visitors and locals alike as you do so. If you’re not too interested in matters aquatic, you can still commune with nature by taking trails through the bush to see what bird or plant life you can find. Travel 42kms to the south west of Cranbrook for this gem.
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Remember, if you need help with access to free campgrounds, head over to our free camping in Australia articles. Or, if you want more ways to save when you are on the road, get in touch with Travellers Autobarn for more information.