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 are free and some have a low cost. These sites are between Perth and Exmouth. We are not sponsored in any way to promote these places. Nor do we receive any commissions or like from these companies. The following article is an honest review from us.
But to start off there are three large expenses that will take up a majority of your weekly budget:
These three expenditures are the non negotiables. We all have to eat, drive and often enough most places charge for accommodation. But there are ways in which you can reduce the cost of accommodation by choosing low cost camps or even free ones.
If there is one thing we love, it’s a spot along the beach. In the evening you can lay out the cheese and crackers, pour a glass of vino and crack a tinny while watching the Western Australian sunsets. Which are amazing! The skies deliver so many different colours and often some of the marine life will come past to say hi! If you are set up to free camp take advantage of that and hit up these low cost camping spots with amazing views below. None of these camp spots require you to let your tyres down and all are for touring vans to park up at.
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1. 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.
2. Coronation Beach- Geraldton
COST- $8 per adult
Down the steep hilly drive to the beach, leads to Coronation Beach. This is a basic camp spot with beautiful beach views. This camp spot is 25km North of Geraldton. Offers bins, barbies, toilets, 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.
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3. Sandy Cape Rec Park- Dandaragan
COST- $10 PER ADULT
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 beachside walking trails and sand dunes which are great fun for the whole family. Our family of five took a the 20 minute walk to the cliff’s edge and the views were epic!!! There is lots of exploring to be done and some really cool rock formations that have been made.
4. Cliff Head North Campground Dongara
Such a beautiful spot for an overnight stay. 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.
5. Goulet Bluff- Shark Bay
COST- $15 PER NIGHT. Ring the shire beforehand.
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 caravan easy. The ground is solid and you can drive right on the seaside. 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 beach side living!!
6. Eagle Bluff- Shark Bay
COST- $15 PER NIGHT. Ring the shire beforehand.
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 22kms South of Denham. There are no bins, no toilets, nothing. The ranger also didn’t come around it ended up being a free camp for the night. But it was lovely to chill by the waters edge and have some space to ourselves.
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7. Murchison River House Station- Kalbarri
COST- $12.50 per adult. $5.00 per child (6-16)
This place had it all. Friendly staff and all the amenities. Our van was backed up along the banks of the river, with a tyre swing and an already made fire pit. 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, along the river banks around a fire. This place was absolutely magnificent!!!
8. Warroora Station- Lyndon
COST- $10 PER ADULT
14 mile beach is a lovely beach 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. This campsite offers non drinking water, on/off Telstra reception. 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.
9. Gladstone Jetty Camp Site Canarvan
COST- $11 PER ADULT
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 $11 a night!
10. North Kurrajong Campground- Exmouth
COST- $11 per adult (plus National Park entry)
Entering the Cape Range of the Ningaloo Reef is always a beautiful location. We spent 4 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. This campsite offers bins, toilets and tables.
So they are our top ten free and low cost camping sites from Perth to Exmouth, if you have any more we would love to hear them by dropping a comment below or contacting Fearless and Free Range- Family Travel- tag Free and Low Cost Camping Sites in WA
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