Western Australia blew us away with what it had to offer experiencing the outback with the red dirt, seeing some of the best beaches with the whitest sand in the world, endless amounts of incredible swimming holes, waterfalls and gorges to explore, getting up close to feed wild dolphins, hanging out on the beach with the friendly kangaroos, wineries, city it really is a state that has it all! We spent just under 5 months travelling through this state Western Australia is huge, its actually 1 third of Australia and there is still so much more for us to see and we look forward to packing up again and heading back out there to see some more. For now we wanted to share with you our favourite places to stay in Western Australia, these are a mix of free camps, low cost camps and caravan parks with some suitable for a simple 1 night stay and others ideal for longer stays all of these have left us with great memories staying there and we hope that others can get to experience these places on their travels throughout Western Australia too.

*All these places can be found on the Wiki Camps app which we recommend getting to see if these places are suitable with your set-up as some roads in are corrugated and rocky and may not be suitable for your car and van/ RV/ camper trailer. The below is just from our own experience which we have found all suitable for our semi-off road 21ft van but it was at our discretion to attempt these knowing that some did state they were off road vans only always check the details before arriving and make your own decision based on your individual circumstances, knowing that some places you may be out of phone reception or very limited and help may not be easily accessible.

 

Kununurra to Shark Bay

Exploring the Kimberley’s and making our way to the World Heritage Area of Shark Bay this is one area we think should be on everyones bucket list! Here is a list of places that we stayed at that we loved, also some special mentions on places that we planned on staying at but have now saved on our list for next time we visit. As mentioned earlier all found on Wiki Camps easiest way to plan your stays, see reviews and prices or you can always search for them via the internet. 

Lookout Bridge Area Lake Argyle 
Great little spot right by the river it was only around a 10 minute drive into Lake Argyle Resort which we got a day pass for, you can also stay at the resort which we have heard has a great vibe with live music and definitely a beautiful location. No facilities here you need to be self-contained.

Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
We loved this place as we didn’t want to take our van into the National Park and this was right on the doorstep, great safe spot to leave your van to explore and come back and enjoy the communal campfire we really enjoyed the vibe here.

Froth Dingo Boab Point
High on our list on must stays this place is out of this world, no facilities but you will feel like you are staying on another planet! We based ourselves here for 2 nights to explore Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek

Barn Hill Station
A beachside station stay which has a really relaxed feel to it and a beautiful beach to explore

Eighty Mile Beach CP
Another relaxed place to stay with a beautiful beach to explore, driving along the beach if you are lucky you can find some pretty impressive big shells

Port Hedland Turf Club
While not the most flash this was a great free spot to stay at while we stocked up for Karijini it has a large oval next to it and a decent skate and park at the far end of the oval. This is for self contained only and 72 hour max

Albert Tognolini Rest Area
Another standout for us we got a beautiful spot overlooking the rollling hills, campfires allowed, this is as close as you will get to Karijini if you have pets travelling with you and you can day trip in but we wanted to stay the night before staying in Karijini as it is such a stunning spot how could we not! No amenities here.

Dales Campground Karijini
We really enjoyed how basic Dales Campgrounds was no water available but does have a toilet, it was a really nice spot and great to explore Dales Gorge, there is also a Astronomy Night Tour on which we highly recommend booking! 

Karijini Eco Retreat
This was definitely a step up from Dales Campground and also more expensive but a beautiful spot, has its own restaurant and toilet and showers. Great to explore some of the major Gorges in Karijini like Joffree Goroge, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge. No powered sites available.

Bullara Station
We loved this quirky place its one to stay at they go to a lot of effort and you can even have a shower under the stars well worth a stop, really great vibe there!

Yardie Creek Cape Range National Park
While not the well known Osprey Campground that looks amazing also, we booked late and couldn’t get in we still really enjoyed this spot with so many campgrounds in the Cape Range National Park you won’t be disappointed with any of them if you miss out on Osprey Campgrounds. Has toilets but no showers or water available.

Warroora Station
Parked up right on the beach one not to miss, we found getting in easy with our car and 21ft van you can’t book this place, best to try and get in early as places can fill up fast, great location right on the beach and very well priced!

 

Other places to stay

We researched alot and these are places that were highly recommended and look amazing but for reasons that came up we didn’t get too on this trip, they are on our list visit when we go back to Western Australia!

El Questro Station
We avoided thinking the road in would be too rough and just did day trips but when we drove in we knew we would be able to bring in our van, would be great to explore without driving back and fourth from Kununurra

Quobba Station
We stayed at the Quobba Blowholes free camp which had a bit of a dicey feel to it this places is meant to be great to stay at although road in can be tough best to check conditions.

Cape Keraudren Top Camp 
Great view, can get busy arrive as early as you can but nice spot to park up and enjoy the peace and quiet we wold have stayed here but needed to stock up in Port Hedland

Ningaloo Station 
Winderabandi Point and South Lefroy Bay have the best reviews meant to be a real bumpy road to get in but well worth it for a spot of beach camping, check the conditions and know what your set-up is capable for 

Check out these blog posts for ideas on what to do and see

Karijini with kids
Broome with kids
Darwin to Broome

 Shark Bay to Perth

The World Heritage Area of Shark Bay all the way down to Perth was constantly impressing us we had so much fun exploring these areas and below is a list of the places we stayed at that really stood out for us, all can be found on Wiki Camps for more details on price, facilities and accessibility. 

 Whalebone Bay

24 hour max and has to be booked before staying but beautiful spot right by the water just outside of Denham

 RAC Monkey Mia Resort

Yes its expensive, yes its a popular spot but they have redone the resort and well worth a splurge to enjoy a bit of resort living they have done it up beautifully and the kids will love it, along with the dolphin feeding if you are lucky enough to be picked! 

 Ellendale Pool Campground

We loved this little campspot complete with toilet and a small playground located just outside of Geraldton you can also swim in the water but read the warning signs as at certain temperatures it may contain bacteria. Lovely bush setting and we wished we stayed longer to relax and enjoy the surroundings

 Sandy Cape Recreational Park

What a spot near Jurien Bay, great vibe, lots of campsites to choose from and great location for us our stay was short as we had issues with our fridge but we could have easily parked up here for a week!

RAC Cervantes Caravan Park
On the higher side in price but facilities were great especially at the front of the park (newer) and the kids loved the pool and playground and walking distance to the beach.

We have put our Perth accommodation in the next section

Other places to stay

Places that were highly recommended and look amazing but for reasons that came up we didn’t get too on this trip, they are on our list visit when we go back to Western Australia!

Oakabella Homestead
This place was mentioned to us a lot and is not far from Geraldton it is one we plan on staying at on our next trip out.

Tamala Station
Another one high on our list and mentioned to us a lot of times the road in is meant to be rough but if you can do it you can enjoy parking right on the beach

Check out these blog posts for ideas on what to do and see

Kalbarri with kids

Perth to Esperance inc. Cape Le Grand NP

This would have to be another one we think should be on everyones bucket list, although we didn’t quite get to fully explore the Margaret River region and we had accommodation in Albany at a friends place which allowed us to explore all around that area were still a few standout places that we stayed in worth a mention. 

 Karrinyup Waters Resort
Really happy with this stay here close enough to Perth City and facilities were great, ideal for the kids and huge pool area we would stay here again

Yanchep National Park
Great one for the family, large sites and bush setting and heaps to do in the National Park this was a real surprise for us as we weren’t expecting much

Bathers Paradise Caravan Park
We needed a caravan park in Esperance and we found they were all on the pricey side and we came across this one which for us was ideal, although dated alot of effort from the owners even putting fresh flowers in the amenities, nice small place with a little playground for the kids and great spot to ride the bikes this is where we would stay if we needed a caravan park while visiting Esperance.

 Lucky Bay Campground
Could not miss mentioning this and very popular best to book ahead but incredible spot, beautiful views and easy walk down to the beautiful Lucky Bay beach where the kangaroos spend their days. You can also stay at Cape Le Grand beach campground which is smaller and quieter but we think the views were better at Lucky Bay.

Other places to stay

Places that were highly recommended and look amazing but for reasons that came up we didn’t get too on this trip, they are on our list visit when we go back to Western Australia!

Jarrahdene Campground
Located between Hamelin Bay and Margaret River with picnic tables and a fire pit with free firewood, toilets and beautiful bush setting

Tozers Bush Camp
Close to Bremer Bay and recommended to us sounds like a really great vibe and a fun stay to experience

Membinup Beach
Check road conditions before going in some say you need a 4wd but can park on the beach located between Cape Le Grand and Cape Arid National Park

Across the Nullarbor

If you are coming from South Australia no doubt you will be needing to cross the Nullarbor although long with kids it does have quite a few places that are unique to stay. Here is a list of the ones that stood out for us most are basic free camps with no facilities but there isn’t heaps of options that provide all the comforts of a caravan park all of these can be found on the Wiki Camp App

  • Newman Rocks – Second Camp – Simple but quiet spot
  • Fraser Range Station – This does have powered sites available but no water
  • Koonalda Homestead – Didn’t stay here but you can its the Old Homestead which you can explore quite a rocky road to get in but interesting place
  • Bunda Cliffs – Beautiful spot just watch the edge as its a big drop, can also get windy!
  • On top of the ridge – Another beautiful spot with a nice view

If you have ever wondered what the Nullarbor is all about, especially what it is like with kids while we can’t say its high on our list to do again, you kind of have no choice and we have crossed it 3 times now, in saying that you can make it quite an interesting drive with all the quirky things to see, check out our video of our experience crossing the Nullarbor with kids.

We hope this blog can give you some ideas on places to stay on your trip and if you have any to add feel free to leave them in comments below, we always find the best recommendations from others that have expereinced a place.

 

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