In this article you will find our top 10 Best Free or Low Cost Camping sites in Western Australia. We have stayed at all of these with our 22 foot caravan and we thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Some of these camping sites are free and some have a low cost.
These camping sites are between Perth and Exmouth in WA. We love Western Australia and truly love camping along the coast, the beaches are truly magnificent and the sunsets are truly to die for.
We are not sponsored in any way to promote these places. Nor do we receive any commissions or like from these companies/councils. The following article is an honest review from us to help you find the best campgrounds and make the most from your trip around Australia.
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Freshwater Point South
This was our first night away and it was a beauty! We really didn’t know what to expect upon leaving the city and taking on the road living. We parked our van right up on the waters edge, on a concrete slab and watched the dolphins swim past us as the sun set. It was picturesque.
That night we lit a campfire and toasted marshmallows. This completely set the bar high for our camping adVANtures. You can find this location 77kms North of Jurien Bay off Indian Ocean Drive. The drive in is on light corrugated roads, offers limited Telstra reception, drop toilets and is dog friendly.
Cliff Head North Campground- Dongara
Such a beautiful spot for an overnight stay and only 29 kilometres south of Dongara. We parked up behind the dunes and toasted marshmallows over an open fire in the evening. Bring your own wood as there isn’t much there.
There is a 72 hour max stay here and the ranger does come around and ask you to move on. This little gem is equipped with bins, toilets, shady tables and has great reception. We even managed to get our TV working.
Sandy Cape Rec Park- Dandaragan
We thoroughly enjoyed Sandy Cape Rec Park. All the accommodation is situated directly behind the dunes, with benches on top of the dunes to have a picnic dinner and watch the sunset.
Sandy Cape Rec Park is close to lots of beach side walking trails and sand dunes which are great fun for the whole family. Our family of five took the 20 minute walk to the cliff’s edge and the views were epic!!!
Try and find the hidden caves near the shore and see how many dolphins you can spot while you are there.
Coronation Beach- Geraldton
To enter the campground you must drive eight kilometres west towards the coast, keep in mind the roads are windy and steep. The campground is 28 kilomtres North of Geraldton.
This great campspot is walking distance to the beach and has some spots to drop a line a line out. The campsite offers bins, barbies, toilets, a basic children’s playground, good Telstra reception, dump point and generators are allowed. Great for an overnight stop over or a week of beach camping.
The largest and closest town is Geraldton, it is worth a visit to stay and explore.
Murchison River House Station- Kalbarri
This place has it all. Friendly staff and all the amenities to make for a comfortable stay for all campers.
Our van was backed up along the banks of the Murchison River, with a tyre swing that kept the kids busy. Our site had an already made fire pit and all campers are allowed to search for wood on the property.
With showers, toilets, water, barbies, Telstra reception and a camp kitchen it makes for a lovely stay.
In the evening a communal fire is lit for everyone to get to know each other. We enjoyed dinner outside under the stars, along the river banks around a fire. This place was absolutely magnificent!!!
Goulet Bluff- Shark Bay
For a real beach side experience, Goulet Bluff is a must! The beach is made from tiny seashells which makes the drive onto the beach easy for any caravan. We have a touring van and managed with ease. The road in however is corrugated and doesn’t get graded as often as we would like.
Going to sleep with the sea breeze coming through the window and then listening to the waves crash on the shore is a winner in our books. There are no bins, no toilets, nothing.
This is true blue beach side living!!
NOTE- The Council have a limit on where you can stay. Permits are for 24 hours and restricted to 1 night only at the following (Goulet Bluff, Eagle Bluff, Fowlers Camp, Whalebone Bay) Which essentially means you can only choose one of these for your 24 hour stop over.
Eagle Bluff- Shark Bay
This little pocket is an inlet from the ocean. The water levels don’t move much and the surface is hard enough to drive the van through to find a nice bit of space away on your own. Our children loved paddling in the shallow crystal clear waters.
This site is located 22 kilometres South of Denham. There are no bins, no toilets, nothing. The ranger also didn’t come around and it ended up being a free camp for the night, as we also rang to book after 4.00pm when the office had closed. But it was lovely to chill by the waters edge and have some space to ourselves.
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Gladstone Jetty Camp Site Canarvan
This is a campsite with extras. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gladstone. We walked along the rock jetty and when the tide was in we went fishing at the end. While you are there do not miss out on the artesian showers which are outside showers heated up by the sun.
In the evenings ‘happy hour’ happens under the gazebo and you get to meet some fellow travellers. This campsite provides toilets, showers, non drinking water, barbies, tables, dump spot, bins, camp kitchen, Telstra reception, boat ramp and more. An absolute bargain for $13 a night!
14 Mile Beach Warroora Station- Lyndon
14 mile beach is a lovely beach campgrounds with great fishing and snorkelling. Pelican Point is the place to snorkel, we seen turtles and loads of fish as the water is quiet shallow here. We don’t have an off road caravan and weren’t able to do the great beach camping as many desire
This campsite offers non drinking water which is great for having a shower or washing your dishes, on/off Telstra reception- yes the reception is very sketchy but with a CEL-FI booster you will have 4g in seconds.
The location is 15km South of Coral Bay. This location is very popular and there are lots of options to camp. You have choices of beach camping, station stays or on top of the dunes which is where we were overlooking the ocean.
If you love station stays I would highly recommend Bullara Station Stay in Exmouth, we stayed here during the muster and it was fantastic.
North Kurrajong Campground- Exmouth
Entering the Cape Range along the Ningaloo Reef is always a beautiful location. We spent four days here and would highly recommend, the snorkelling along the reef is amazing and those Exmouth sunsets are just divine.
This place must be booked in advance as it is very popular as for all of the campgrounds along the Ningaloo Reef. This campsite offers bins, toilets and tables.
We explored lots of Exmouth and truly loved this town that it would be our go-to place to settle if we ever wanted to plant some roots.
So now you know our top ten campsites here in Western Australia. There are plenty more, so keep your eye out on our next blog about the top 30 campsites here in Western Australia.
Our goal is to keep you on the road for longer and within budget so you can spend your money on great tours and better experiences with your family troopers.