We are always trying to make the most of a long weekend, or even a regular weekend by getting away for a few days, without too much driving. With that in mind, I have put this post together with heaps of suggestions for camping near Perth.
I have broken it up into ‘Close By’, ‘Down South’, and ‘Up North’. I’m sure you will find what you are after. For even more ideas you can look at my post on Perth to Geraldton.
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Camping Very Close to Perth
There are so many great options for camping that are very close to Perth. For all of these you should be able to get to them within an hour or an hour and a half (depending on which part of Perth you are travelling from).
Lake Leschenaultia is located in Chidlow and is one of our favourite camping spots that is close to Perth.
There are 21 campsites, most of which are suitable for tents and camper trailers (no caravans unfortunately). All of the sites are powered.
You will need to book online before you arrive as the office is only open at certain times and as there are not a lot of campsites, it does book out. When you check in they will give you a key to the gate and also the camping bathrooms.
Be aware that the gates close at sunset, so you will need to make sure you arrive before then.
The nightly rate can vary (depending on how many guests) but is somewhere between $40 and $55 per night. There is a minimum booking period over long weekends. For full details check the Shire of Mundaring site.
Willowbrook Farm is located in Gingin, north of Perth, and is a farm stay with powered and unpowered sites.
The campground is located directly next to the animals. They have sheep, cows, chickens and alpacas.
The kids get to help feed the animals every evening. The owners ride in and ring a bell at about 5pm. All the animals know what time it is and they follow right behind. The food is handed out to the kids (and adults who want to have a go as well) and then it is on for one and all.
The Swan Valley
There are a couple of caravan parks in the Swan Valley and it is a great area for a staycation with camping options that are close to Perth. The Swan Valley is packed full of wineries, restaurants, cafes and food producers. The Breweries in the Swan Valley have also been increasing in popularity.
Take your bicycles with you and you can have a bike ride from one venue to another. It is a great idea for camping close to Perth so that you can enjoy many of the fantastic venues.
Yalgorup National Park
Located just south of Mandurah, Yalgorup National Park offers great national park camping close to Perth.
The campgrounds at Martins Tank were nice, though pretty basic. There were a total of 34 campsites available with the last few being suitable for caravans and camper trailers. There was a drop toilet, a camp kitchen, barbeques and picnic tables. The camping fees are $11 per adult and $3 per child.
Yalgorup National Park is home to 10 salt lakes. These lakes form a wetland habitat which are important for a variety of migratory birds. One of the lakes that make up Yalgorup National Park is Lake Clifton, which is home to a colony of thrombolites – an example of the oldest lifeform on earth.
Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park is another fantastic example of bush based camping that is close to Perth. It is suitable for camper trailers, caravans and tents. It has great facilities with showers and toilets provided. You will need to book in advance via the DPAW website.
There is so much to explore in Yanchep National park. There are multiple bush walks, plenty of bird life and kangaroos, a koala boardwalk and a series of caves in which you can explore via tour.
Camping South of Perth
The South West Corner of Western Australia is a beautiful part of the world with so much to see. Here are some of the best camping spots south of Perth.
There is a small Transit Park run by the local council which you will need to book in advance through the Balingup Visitor Centre. Wrights Bridge is another great campsite nearby run by DPAW. No bookings can be made and it is first come first serve.
We drove down there without a booking and it was full on a long weekend, so we set up camp behind the Kirup Tavern. If you are looking for a hotel, cabin or homestay, there are plenty of cosy options as well. You can read my post on Balingup for even more ideas on where to stay and what to see while you are there.
Make sure you check out the wild dolphins that live in Kommbana Bay while you are there. For 40 more things to do on your trip to Bunbury, check out my post here.
Just a short drive further south than Bunbury is Busselton. Take a stroll down the famous Busselton Jetty, or better yet, catch the train! Don’t miss the Courthouse Museum and Jail for a bit of free history and to get a mug shot.
Dryandra Woodlands is a beautiful spot for walking. Or you can try and spot a nocturnal numbat in the wild or at Barna Mia animal sanctuary. The campgrounds are run by DPAW and there is no booking online for these sites. There are also some old woodcutters cottages which have been converted to accommodation. You can book these by calling or by following this link.
Camping North of Perth
There are plenty of options for camping to the north of Perth. The Indian Ocean Drive is a favourite for camping near Perth as it is dotted with lots of small beach side towns. The following are our favourites north of Perth.
Camping at Sandy Cape is monitored by a camp host who will come around to collect your camp fees during busy periods. There is also an honesty box at the entrance to the campground where you can pay your fees if there is not a camp host. It is $20 per night per site. You are permitted to camp at Sandy Cape for up to 4 nights.
It is particularly popular because of its beautiful beach. The beach is a protected and peaceful bay with turquoise blue water that is known to be frequented by a pod of dolphins. It is protected by white rippled sand dunes to the other side of the campground.
One of Cervantes major drawcards is that it is home to the Pinnacles located in Nambung National Park. You can get right up close to the other-worldly pinnacles as you walk around the yellow desert. You can even camp nearby in the Nambung Station Stay which is accessed via the Brand Highway.
The other camping option in town is the RAC Caravan Park in Cervantes town which is a short walk from the beach. The Cervantes Overflow camping is only open on long weekends and school holidays when the caravan park is fully booked.
Cliff Head used to be a great free camping option on the Indian Ocean Drive just south of Dongara, however a fee has been recently introduced. It is still a good spot for a night or two as it is located right on the beach and fires are permitted (at the right time of year).
A drop toilet is provided but there are no other facilities (hopefully they will come since it is now a paid camp site).
The beach is perfect for beach combing, fishing, and exploring. When we visited last there was a lot of seaweed so it wasn’t great for swimming, but I have been told by others that it is not always full of seaweed and can be good for swimming.
Guilderton is a favourite for camping close to Perth. In fact, it is so popular with families that the caravan park often books out a year in advance, especially during school holidays and over long weekends.
A huge reason for Guilderton’s popularity is the Moore River. This is where the mouth of the river meets the ocean. There is most often a sand bar separating the two, but after heavy rains the river can open right into the ocean.
Most of the time, the attraction of the river is that it is calm, beautiful and very safe.
You can also bring your own kayak, canoe, SUP, boogie boards or floaties (picture a large pink flamingo – yep, that’s what I mean!)
However, if you haven’t bought your own with you there is a variety of watercraft available to hire on the banks of the river or through the adjacent caravan park.