Camping overnight in the great outdoors is one of the best ways to experience the untouched wilderness of Australia’s South West. Secluded campsites are on offer in most national parks, and for a very small fee. Sites with stunning views of the coast or lovely spots nestled under the peppermint trees are well cared for by the local rangers. Most national park campsites have limited facilities, so you’ll need to be well-prepared.
Alternatively, most towns within the South West have caravan parks with ample facilities to ensure comfort (read: hot showers!)
Caravan and Holiday Parks
You can find a list of caravan and holiday parks in the South West accommodation section of this website
If you want to get off the beaten track, here’s our pick for the best natural camping sites in Australia’s South West. Visit Parks and Wildlife Park Stay WA for a full list and more information on camping and campsites.
Honeymoon Pool, near Collie
Located within Wellington National Park, 18km west of Collie. The area is a hive of activity in summer with Collie River Dam nearby offering water sports.
Contos Campground, near Margaret River
Close to one of the region’s beautiful, protected bays. Contos Campground is nearby Jewel Cave and Caveworks, and you can join up with the Cape to Cape Track from here. Possum watching is popular here.
Boranup Forest, near Augusta
Situated in a beautiful karri forest, you’ll feel surrounded by nature in this campsite. Fewer facilities (just a toilet) so come well provisioned.
Heartbreak Trail, near Pemberton
Located on the banks of the Warren River in the Warren National Park, both Drafty’s Camp and Warren Camp are beautiful spots for camping. There are communal BBQ facilities at both, and campsites are nestled beneath stunning karri trees
Black Point, near Augusta
Accessible only by 4WD and located within D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Plenty of basic campsites, some with picnic tables. Just a short drive to great fishing and surfing spots on the south coast
Banksia Camp, near Walpole
Great for groups! If you’re lucky, you’ll get to stay in the purpose-built camping hut, with four rooms and a common area. 4WD access only. Pristine beaches nearby
Moingup Springs, near Mt Barker
St Mary’s Inlet, near Bremer Bay
Located in the coastal dunes of Fitzgerald River National Park, St Mary’s is ideal for whale watching. Nearby at Point Ann is a whale nursery. For a full list of campsites within National Parks of Australia’s South West, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
For a full list of campsites within National Parks of Australia’s South West, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Love the idea of camping, minus the 'roughing it' part? Glamping, or glamorous camping is one way to get the best of both worlds. Think bell tents decked out with cosy beds, fluffy cushions backdrop. There are plenty of glamping options in the South West, just ask your local visitor centre.