Our Top 5 Free Camps in the Top End of Western Australia
Free camping an experience not to be missed when caravanning through Western Australia. From camping right on the sand along the beach to parking your van up on a cliff top taking in the rolling hills, it really is worth while doing your research in finding these spots. Not all places are picturesque but we have come across a few standout locations which we wanted to share with you in the hope that you too can experience what we have in the stunning top end of Western Australia.
Free camping to us is having no access to power or water Free camping to us is having no access to power or water, living off the grid, some places don’t cost anything and some require a small fee but we are yet to come across any that we weren’t happy to pay for. We hope you enjoy and if you have found any incredible free camps comment below we love hearing of new spots and others can benefit from knowing these places too.
1. Albert Tognolini Rest Area
This is one of our most stunning free camps on our trip, large area with sites right along the cliff top or plenty of space away from the cliff edge. You are guaranteed an incredible view and a spacious site. Only a 40 minute drive to Dales Gorge, very peaceful and secluded area great place if you have dogs as they are not allowed in the National Park.
- No water or toilets available
- Bins provided
- Camp fires allowed, bring your own wood as not much around
- Only 15km away from roadhouse if you need petrol
- No reception
2. Froth Dingo Boab Point
Our most unique free camp, we could not believe it when we turned up into this place it makes you feel like you are on a different planet. It comes up quickly and you go over slightly bumpy terrain to get to this spot, but what a spot! It has incredible rock formation, boab trees throughout and the views of sunrise and sunset are stunning, we only had one other camper here and stayed 2 nights as a base to explore Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge.
- Free to stay
- Bins provided
- No water or toilet
- Campfires allowed
- Rocks can be climbed for views for sunrise or sunset
3. Warroorra Station – 14 Mile Beach Camp
The most expensive of our free camps but still well priced for what you get. Located right on the Ningaloo coastline there is nothing like walking out of your caravan door right onto the beach. Heaps of 4wd tracks to go and explore the area with snorkelling spots and beautiful white sand for the kids to play in.
- $10 per person per night or $50 per person per week, kids under 16 stay free
- 2wd campsites just off the beach and 4wd campsites available right on the beach
- Need to have a chemical toilet, can be hired if needed
- No eftpos facilities bring cash to pay
- No bookings taken first in best dressed, get in early but plenty of other options around if it is full
- Fire drums available, $50 bond which you get back on return
4. Whalebone Bay
Located about 20kms before Denham is this little surprise! A beautiful beach location, incredible sunset our own private little bay right by the water, what more could you want. Some people don’t like paying for no facilities but for us with a view like this it was well worth the small fee to pay.
- Cost $15 per vehicle per night, need to book over the phone – Best to do before arriving as little to no phone reception once there
- Can be booked at Visitors Centre in Denham
- No water, toilet or bins provided
- Limit of 24 hours per stay
5. Lake Argyle Look Out- Bridge Area
Beautiful creek side camp, quiet even though it is next to the road that leads you to Lake Argyle. Great place to switch off, have a campfire and enjoy the stars at night.
- 2wd accessible although might struggle a little further down
- No facilities, take rubbish with you
- We saw people swimming in the water but we didn`t want too in case there were crocodiles lurking around
- No shade but a good base for a visit to Lake Argyle