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Cervantes is the perfect choice for a camping holiday. It is almost the midway point between Perth and Geraldton and it has lots to see and do, including some amazing and unique natural wonders that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
If you are curious about what there is to discover while camping in Cervantes, keep on reading.
Where to go Camping in Cervantes
There are a few different options for camping in Cervantes from Caravan Parks to Station Stays
Cervantes Caravan Park
Located close to the beach, Cervantes Caravan Park is owned by RAC, so you can expect a discount if you are a member. The RAC caravan parks are at the pricier end of the Caravan Park range, but they also have great facilities. There are plenty of powered sites or you can book a cabin.
It is popular in school holidays and over long weekends and you will have to make sure you have a booking during those times.
Camping at Nambung Station Stay in Cervantes
Located at the back end of the Nambung National Park, Nambung Station Stay is a unique location for a camping adventure. It is a working sheep and cattle station and is accessible via the Brand Highway.
They have powered and unpowered sites available. There are also some on-site caravans and B&B rooms available.
If you do the station tour you will be able to have a look at the back end of the National Park which is not ussually accessible to tourists.
They are also home to the Nambung Country Music Muster.
Cervantes Oval Overflow Camping
The Cervantes Overflow camping is only open on long weekends and school holidays when the caravan park is fully booked. It doesn’t have the fancy facilities, but there is a new ablution block and it is still in a central location.
What to See and Do While Camping in Cervantes
The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park
The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park would be the number one tourist attraction in Cervantes.
The yellow sand desert is unique in and of itself, but the mysterious limestone pillars which rise out of the shifting sand are only found in Cervantes. There is no definite explanation for what the pinnacles are, although there are a few theories which you can read about in the information centre.
It is worth doing both the walk and the drive. The walk is well marked and is 1.2km. Make sure you wear a hat and take water with you. The visitor centre has a lot of good information about the Pinnacles themselves and also about the local flora and fauns.
The Lobster Shack
Cervantes is well known as a cray fishing town (as are many of the small towns along this stretch of coast, particularly Jurien, Lancelin and Greenhead) and you can head to the Lobster Shack for a feed or a tour. They also offer fishing charters and local tours so check these out through their website if that is something you are interested in.
Lake Thetis Stromatolites
My dumbed down version of Stromatolites (and how I like to think of them) is that they are breathing rocks. You need to engage your imagination when you visit the Stromatolites because they look like a bunch of boring rocks in shallow water. Don’t be fooled. They are amazing and it is a privilege to be able to view them for FREE!
Stromatolites were created by cynobacteria which are single organism cells that join together to create a rock-like structure that releases oxygen into the atmosphere when they ‘breathe’. The oxygen that they released allowed other life forms to develop on earth.
It is possible to view thrombolites at Yalunga National Park near Mandurah, which are very similar to the Stromatolites.
Cervantes Beach is a picturesque location that is perfect for a swim, a walk or to do some fishing. The beach is conveniently located and the Cervantes Caravan Park is within walking distance.
Head to Cervantes Country ClubSeafood Dinner
Head to the Cervantes country club for dinner, a drink or a game of bowls. (Or just to meet a few locals).
They do an amazing seafood platter and happy hour is between 5 and 6pm. Happy hour can get a bit hectic inside so keep that in mind if you have kids.
Explore Nearby Jurien Bay
Jurien Bay is only a short 30 minute drive away from Cervantes. You can go skydiving, snorkelling, camping or swimming. There is a great coastal walking trail, a beautiful beach and great foreshore area.
Lesueur National Park
Entry fees do apply (the same as Nambung National Park). You can consider an annual pass or 4 week pass if you plan on visiting a few others as well. If you are an RAC member you can purchase an annual pass for a 50% discount.
Lesueur National Park is a wildflower hotspot so this is a definite must see in wildflower season. Even out of season it is still a good spot with nice scenery.
Stockyard Gully Caves
If you have a 4wd you can stop at Stockyard Gully Caves to have a look around. Don’t forget to take a torch and be careful. The caves are ‘enter at your own risk’ affairs.
If you have more time you could explore the whole of the Indian Ocean Road. I have also created individual posts for Yanchep National Park, Sandy cape recreation Area and Cliff Head free camp which are all located along Indian Ocean drive.