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8 Best Campsites For Free Camping In Western Australia

8 Best Campsites For Free Camping In Western Australia

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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 our range of rooftop tents. We’ve compiled a great list of the top 8 sites for free camping WA has to offer.



Free Camping at Mambi Island Camping Area

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 46 kms 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.

  • Campfires are permitted
  • Toilets are available
  • No power available
  • No showers, but non-potable water available
  • Dog friendly
  • Caution – access is via a dirt road and this may be challenging for some vehicles
  • GPS:-15.3458, 128.2824



Free River Camping at West Peawah River

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 25 kms north-east of Whim Creek.

If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to set up under some shady trees.

  • Access is good, on sealed roads
  • Campfires are permitted
  • Toilets are available, but no showers or power
  • Bring your own water and don’t rely on the river, as it may be dry in drought conditions
  • Dogs are welcome
  • GPS:-20.8476, 118.0682



Mary Pool Free Camp

If you happen to be in the Kimberley area, look for the Mary Pool Free Camp. It is situated about 180 km to the east of Fitzroy Crossing, or 109 kms 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.

  • Toilets are available
  • Campfires are permitted
  • More than 50 sites available
  • Dogs are welcome
  • No showers or power available
  • Water may be available from the river, but it’s not potable
  • Maximum stay 24 hours
  • GPS:-18.7166, 126.8666



Free National Park Camping at Peak Charles

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 600 metres in height. 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.

  • Not suitable for big rigs
  • First come, first served
  • Best to avoid peak holiday periods
  • No services or freshwater
  • Simple bush toilets
  • No pet policy announced
  • GPS: -32.881583, 121.171479



Free Camping at Disappointment Rock

If you love fishing, swimming, and even water skiing, you’ve got to check out this Lake Elphinstone. Located 24 km southeast of Glenden, this spectacular natural lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and trail walks, a perfect spot for free camping in Queensland.

Check out the amenities waiting for you:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Limited phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQs
  • 2wd access



Free Beach Camping at Betty’s Beach

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 17 kms 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.

  • Good for caravans and campers but access is through a dirt road
  • Pets are welcome
  • Showers are available
  • No toilets
  • Maximum stay 48 hours
  • GPS: 34° 56′ 20″ S 118° 12′ 25″ E



free camping at James Price Point

About 52 kms 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. Offshore 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.



free camping at Lake Poorrarecup

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 42 kms to the south-west of Cranbrook for this gem.

  • Note that this is a dirt road access
  • Toilets and showers are available
  • Water available
  • Suitable for caravans or campers
  • Dogs not allowed
  • GPS: -34.418584, 117.234877

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