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TRIPS camping with kids
Beelu campground, Perth Hills
Where is it? Beelu National
Why it’s great for families This is camping
with kids at its easiest. The campground
is easy to access at just 40 minutes’ drive
from the Perth CBD, and has excellent
facilities. Despite the infrastructure, this is
still a true camping experience, staying in
a tent amid the trees, where you’re likely
to spot native animals like kangaroos,
possums and birds.
What is there? 12 unpowered camp sites,
powered and sheltered camp kitchen with
free gas barbecue and fridge, hot showers,
flushing toilets, nearby visitor centre
with refreshments, walk trails, access to
the Bibbulmun Track, an onsite camp
host for security and information, a
nearby visitor centre for information
and refreshments, nearby access to the
Munda Biddi off-road cycling trail and
firewood available for purchase (be sure to
check fire restrictions).
Tips Book early – it can be very popular.
Don’t miss The short walk to the
Mundaring Weir lookout and setting out on
a walk trail through the trees.
Bookings/more information Visit dec.
wa.gov.au/campgrounds or phone the
Perth Hills Centre on (08) 9295 2244.
Lake Leschenaultia, Perth Hills
Where is it? About 50km from Perth in Chidlow, in the Perth Hills.
Why it’s great for families White sandy beaches and clear waters make Lake Leschenaultia
appealing for the whole family. You can hire a canoe, swim, jump off the pontoon, set out on a
walk and bike trails, birdwatch and generally soak up the bush setting.
What is there? There are around 20 campsites and all bar one group site are powered.
There’s a camp kitchen with fridge, microwave, electric barbecues and sink, and large
ablution blocks with hot showers, flushing toilets, washing machines and clothes dryers.
Tips Bring basic sleeping gear and eating/cooking utensils. For a full list of what to
bring, see the website below.
Don’t miss A swim in the clear lake waters or a stroll around the lake’s shores.
Bookings/more information You must book in advance and arrive onsite before gate
closing times, which vary depending on the season. Call (08) 9572 4248 to book, or
visit mundaring.wa.gov.au, and click on Your Community, then Recreation and Leisure,
then Lake Leschenaultia.
Cape Peron (Photography Tourism WA)
Lake Leschenaultia (Photography Shire of Mundaring)
Bottle Bay campground, Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay
Where is it? Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay. It’s four kilometres from Denham, 340km
from Carnarvon and 430km from Geraldton. Access to the campground requires a high-clearance
4WD vehicle and competent four-wheel driver. The campground is nestled behind the dunes,
close to the beach but is largely protected from southerly winds.
Why it’s great for families If there’s one place to come to see marine life, Francois Peron National
Park should well be it. Stand atop a cliff here to see charismatic marine animals such as dolphins,
manta rays, turtles, schools of fish and dugongs. Bottle Bay campground has a sheltered
swimming beach, great beach fishing and is the closest campground in the park to Skipjack Point,
where you’ll see the best of the marine life. It is also strikingly beautiful, with vivid rust-red sand
dunes contrasting against the white beach and blue ocean.
What is there? Around 15 to 20 camp sites, generator and generator-free zones, toilets, gas
barbecues and a boat-launching area on the beach.
Tips You’ll need to bring all your own water and bathing facilities (there are no showers).
Don’t miss The short drive to the Skipjack Point Lookout – the best place to see an astounding
array of marine life in the waters below.
Bookings/more information No bookings are required. If the campground is busy, there are
several other campgrounds within the park. Herald Bight is well protected on the other side
of Peron Peninsula, and Big Lagoon, South Gregories and Gregories also offer campgrounds.
Visit dec.wa .gov.au (click on Parks and recreation, then Park finder), go to dec.wa.gov.au/
campgrounds, or contact the DEC Shark Bay office on (08) 9948 1208.
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