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On the coastal Cape to Cape Track,
south of Yallingup, you can camp
beside a beach and enjoy world-class
surf breaks and stunning bush walks,
excellent fishing and birdwatching.
Renowned for its unique botanical
and geological features, this wild and
rugged park near Pemberton boasts
karri forests fringed by beaches.
3 Cape Le Grand
Home to Lucky Bay – Australia’s
whitest beach – Cape Le Grand
National Park is often rated among
the country’s top getaways for fishing,
whale-watching, hiking and more.
4 Cape Range
Beside the UNESCO World Heritage-
listed Ningaloo Reef, this park offers
amazing outback adventures, from
4WDing to gorge hiking.
5 Francois Peron
Take a 4WD camping trip and discover
some of the reasons why Shark Bay
earned World Heritage status. From
the clifftops of Cape Peron, you can
Jurien Tourist Park,
Perth Hills Discovery
Bottle Bay campground,
Francois Peron National
Park, Shark Bay
Bayview Coral Bay or
People’s Park Caravan
Village, Coral Bay
Ground, Rottnest Island
Park, Moore River
WHAT BETTER WAY TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
THAN CAMPING WITH THE CLAN? THE
POPULAR PASTIME HAS COME A LONG WAY
OVER THE YEARS, BUT THE PRIMAL URGE TO
GET BACK TO BASICS WILL ALWAYS REMAIN.
see dugong, manta rays, turtles and
sharks swimming in the water below.
Visit Monkey Mia to meet dolphins.
6 Fitzgerald River
Set up camp in the heart of one of
the largest and most botanically
significant national parks in Australia,
with around 1800 species of flowering
plants alone, including banksias,
hakeas, bottlebrush, feather flowers,
quaalup bell and many others. Here
you can go bush walking, camping,
canoeing, fishing and whale-watching.
Earning a place on the National
and World Heritage lists, Purnululu
National Park is home to the Bungle
Bungle Range. 350 million years in
the making, it’s the most unique and
captivating range on Earth. Take in the
full spectacle on a scenic flight from
Kununurra, Broome or Halls Head, or
on an open-door helicopter ride from
within Purnululu itself.
8 Karijini National
This is one of Australia’s largest and
most spectacular national parks.
Climb, swim, or gaze into the depths
of Karijini’s 100m chasms, revealing
four billion years of the Earth’s
history. Follow the trails, descend into
cavernous gorges, cool off in inviting
pools beneath plunging waterfalls,
or scale Western Australia’s second-
highest peak, Mt Bruce.
9 Lane Poole
Near Dwellingup, in the wooded
valleys of the Darling Scarp and Murray
River, Lane Poole Reserve is a 50,000ha
nature-lover’s paradise. There are
numerous opportunities for swimming,
fishing, canoeing and rafting.
10 Beelu National
Park, Perth Hills
One of the first stops along the
epic 1000km Bibbulmun Track, from
Kalamunda to Albany, the camping
here is at ‘luxury’ level, complete with
hot showers and kitchen facilities.
From five-star glamping, catered
camping, eco stays and outback
station experiences, to simply pitching
a tent yourself, there’s something for
everyone – and WA’s great climate
means you can do it all year round.
National parks If you’re aiming
to spot some wildlife, head to one
of the picturesque camping-friendly
national parks across the state.
For more information, visit parkstay.
Caravan parks Great for the first-
timer, with all the comforts of home
(bathrooms, power outlets and
barbecue facilities) in one location.
You can even rent a caravan or cabin
on site. Book ahead – regulars have
their favourite seaside spots, and
some stay all summer (or year) long!
Glamping Airy safari tents, with comfy
beds and linen, can be enjoyed in the
Kimberley and Pilbara regions.
Catered camping Experience
authentic camping without the
dreaded set up and clean up. WA
Wilderness will prepare everything in
advance – all you have to do is show
Station stays Experience the real
characters of the outback on a rural
station stay. Working stations are
scattered around WA and within
easy reach of the state’s three World
Heritage areas. You will also find
them along the Gibb River Road 4WD
track between Derby and Kununurra.
Camping and caravan facilities are
often available. See the Adventurer
section (p106) for more.
Caravan or motorhome road trips
If you’re in a position to purchase
a caravan or motorhome, go for it –
they’re a great way to explore WA for
extended periods. These days, you
can roam the Kimberley for months in
a mobile home, complete with fridge,
washing machine and all mod cons.
Caravans are also available for hire if
you’re not ready to commit.
Warroora Station Lagoon Camp
Cape Range National Park (photography
Jed Newman, Exmouth Visitor Centre).
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