Camping

 One of the best options of living or travelling in Australia is the option of going camping. There are numerous campsites, the majority are are on State land managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). Depending on the sites location access maybe via 2WD, 4WD, on foot or mountain bike. Some of the campsites are located on the Bibbulmun Track or the Munda Biddi Trail, these are not accessible by vehicle.

CAMPING FEES 2017

Without facilities or only basic facilities: Per adult per night $7.50. Concession card holders per night $5.50. School chldren under 16 years $2.00 per night.

With facilites (ablutions, showers); includes caravans without electricity. Per adult per night $10.50. Concession card holders per night $5.50. School chldren under 16 years $2.00 per night.

Concessions

Holders of the following Australian issued cards are entitled to the specified concession passes, camping or attraction fees as listed in the DPaW brochure.

Seniors' Card, Age Pension, Disability Support, Disability Support (Blind), Carer Payment, Carer Allowance, Department of Veterans'
Companion Card Affairs (DVA). The accompanying companion/carer of a Companion Card holder is entitled to free entry when entering an attraction or venue where 'per person' fees apply. This also applies to camping fees.

To camp in any National Park you will need a National Park pass which is available from the Pemberton Visitor Centre or the local DPaW office or Pemberton Post Office.

Camping fees still apply and there is a registration site at each of the Camping areas.

There are campsites available in the town caravan park and also a large number of forest campsites where you can pitch a tent and relax in the cool south west forests. Some of the best are:-

Bibbulmun Track: The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda, a suburb in the hills on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. It passes through the heart of the scenic south west of Western Australia. The Track is for walkers only and is signposted with yellow triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of the Aboriginal Dreaming. The Bibbulmun Track has purpose built campsites with shelters, picnic tables, fire rings in some locations and long drop toilets. The Bibbulmun Track passes through the track towns where you can resupply. Bibbulmun Track Web:

Munda Biddi Trail: The Munda Biddi Trail is a world-class, nature-based, off-road cycling experience. A unique trail where a 1000km track has been built through an undeveloped natural corridor from Mundaring to Albany. There are purpose built campsites on the Munda Biddi Trail with shelters, picnic tables, fire rings in some locations and long drop toilets. The Munda Biddi Trail passes through the track towns where you can resupply. Munda Biddi Trail Web:

D'Entrecasteaux National Park

A significant wilderness area of pristine natural beauty, D’Entrecasteaux National Park is a narrow strip hugging the coast for 130 km between Augusta and Walpole. With high dunes and spectacular coastal cliffs, the park’s outstanding natural features include a series of hexagonal-shaped basalt columns to the west of Black Point, major streams and rivers, including the Warren, Donnelly and Shannon, coastal heathlands, grasslands, low woodlands and scattered pockets of karri forest. Quokkas, western quolls, possums, wallabies and bandicoots are just some of the native animals you might spot, and southern right whales can be seen along the coast from September to November.

D'Entrecasteaux National Park Web: D'Entrecasteaux National Park brochure pdf: DPaW Donnelly District Camping:

Banksia camping area . At 28 km west of Walpole via Mandalay Beach Rd, Banksia camping area is close to the water at a beach boasting spectacular coastal scenery. The popular surfing, fishing and bush walking spot is very secluded and perfect for self-sufficient campers. Boil or treat the tank water, or bring your own drinking water. Bring firewood too. Access is 4WD only. DPaW Web:DPaW Brochure:

Big Brook Arboretum campsite. Only 10 minutes from Pemberton, the campground can accommodate tents, campervans, camper trailers and caravans. Picnic tables, barbecues and toilets are provided.There are walk trails nearby and its only a short drive on the Karri Forest Explorer to Big Brook Dam where you can cast a line or dive in for a refreshing dip. DPaW Web:

Coodamurrup Beach camping area (bush camping). Behind the dunes 16 km south of Chesapeake Rd via Moores Track (3 km south of Moores Hut), Coodamurrup Beach offers dispersed bush camping for self-sufficient campers. Access is by 4WD only; bring drinking water and a fire bin or bucket.  Web:

Dog Pool camping area On the Bibbulmun Track, Dog Pool is 24.5 km from Lake Maringup campsite and 19.4 km from Mt Chance campsite. Walk in on the Bibbulmun Track only. Web:

Fish Creek camping area  Self-sufficient campers who enjoy fishing will make themselves at home at this basic beach campsite with no facilities. Fish Creek camping area is 13 km south of Chesapeake Rd via Moores Track and Fish Creek Track – 4WD access only. Bring drinking water, a fire bin or bucket, and firewood. Web:

Gardner camping area (bush camping) Mouth of the Gardener River. This bush-camping area is set behind dunes next to the Gardner River. It has basic facilities in an area where fishing, swimming and canoeing are popular activities. The access track from Windy Harbour Rd is very sandy (4WD only) and seasonally closed. Bring drinking water. Web:

Grass Tree Hollow camping area. Camp under the shade of the peppermint trees on the edge of Carey Brook. Grass Tree Hollow campsite has basic facilities for 7 shady campsites. It is set up for vehicle based camping. Camp fees apply. Grass Tree Hollow DPaW Web: 

Karta Burna-Manjimup campsite. On the Munda Biddi Trail between Nannup and Manjimup, accessible by mountain bike only. This beautiful section of Trail leads riders through the magnificent karri and jarrah forests of Australia's south-west. Cyclists have the opportunity to experience the wilderness of Australia's South West or enjoy the hospitality for which the region is well known. Web:

Lake Jasper camping area.The campground features just three camp sites which can accommodate tents only. Vehicle parking is not immediately ajacent to tents, the car park is a short walk from the camp sites. Camper trailers, caravans, campervans and sleeping in vehicles are not permitted. A picnic shelter, toilets, information and a canoe launch are located in the day use area DPaW Web:

Lake Maringup camping area. On the Bibbulmun Track, Lake Maringup is 15.9 km from Gardner camping area and 24.5 km from Dog Pool camping area. Explore Australia Web: Roaming Down Under Web:

Leaning Marri camping area. Leaning Marri features 6 small camp sites suitable for tents, small camper trailers and campervans. Camp fires are not permitted in these sites. There is also a large group camping area with picnic tables and a fire ring. All sites are shady and well protected from the wind. There is a large picnic shelter for all campers to share. Leaning Marri is not suitable for large caravans or large camper trailers/camper vans. DPaW Web:

Long Point camping area. On the Bibbulmun Track, Long Point is 17.2 km from Woolbales camping area and 12.2 km from Mt Clare camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted. 

Crystal Springs camping area. Crystal Springs is an ‘open’ campground (without separated individual camp sites) that can accommodate tents, small campervans and camper trailers. Caravans and larger campervans are not permitted. There are toilets, picnic tables and wood barbecues. DPaW Web:  DPaW Brochure:

Moores Hut camping area. Moores Hut is 40 km south-east of Northcliffe via Chesapeake Rd and Moores Track – 4WD access only. It offers basic facilities near the beach in an area popular for fishing and swimming. Bring drinking water. Web:

Mount Chance camping area. On the Bibbulmun Track, Mt Chance is 19.4 km from Dog Pool camping area and 20.4 km from Woolbales camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.

Pemberton Caravan Park. Located in the townsite of Pemberton. Set among the trees of Forest Park and bordered by the Lefroy Brook is one of the most tranquil caravan parks in the state. There is a range of quality accommodation. PCP Web:

Shannon National Park. Shannon was once a timber town but today it is a great bush campsite. There are many campsites, two wooden huts complete with simple bunks and pot belly stove, and the Shannon lodge. All except the Lodge are first come first served. 

Shannon campground is currently closed for a $1.35 million redevelopment, part of the Parks for People initiative. This redevelopment will provide 20 new caravan sites and 15 new single and group camping areas, new ablutions and barbeque facilities and improved trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. DPaW Web:

Snottygobble Loop & Grass Tree Hollow camping area: Greater Hawke National Park, Pemberton
Snottygobble Loop & Grass Tree Hollow camping area is 2 km south of the Vasse Hwy on Boat Landing Road, 23 km west of Pemberton. With a good range of facilities at 11 small sites tucked away under the peppermint trees, with a larger site for groups or families. Bushwalkers and birdwatchers will enjoy the trails through the scrub, and anglers will find the brook a good spot for fishing.
DPaW Snotty Gobble Campsite: https://parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au/camp-finder/viewproperty/carey-brook-snottygobble-loop/145/

Warren National Park campsites. This is the most popular bush campsite close to town with three small sites located on Heartbreak Trail within the Warren National Park. In busy times be quick as it is always popular and there are no bookings. 

Draftys has 22 camp sites suitable for only for tents. Campervans, camper trailers and caravans are not permitted. There is a camp kitchen with undercover gas barbeques, dishwashing sinks, food preparation surfaces and picnic tables and benches. There are shared-use wood barbeques and picnic tables close to the banks of the Warren River.

There are six secluded campsites at Warren Campsite, some on the river bank and some tucked back in the forest. Shaded viewing platforms overlook the river next to the canoe launch. DPaW Web: Warren National Park Brochure - Walks (PDF) 

Windy Harbour camping area. Windy Harbour provides visitors with safe harbour on this wild coastline, rewarding fishing opportunities and stunning views of the Southern Ocean. As Windy Harbour is accessible via sealed road, it is the only site in D’Entrecasteaux National Park with facilities for caravans. The nature based camping and caravan ground is small but well set out, and contains a campers’ kitchen, drinking water, hot showers, toilet and laundry. BookingWindy Harbour camping area 08 9776 8398 DPaW Web:

Woolbales camping area. On the Bibbulmun Track, Woolbales is 20.4 km from Mt Chance camping area and 17.2 km from Long Point camping area. Gas/fuel stove only; no fires are permitted. Web:

Yeagarup Lake camping area. On Ritter Rd, 20 km south-west of Pemberton via the Vasse Hwy, Yeagarup Lake offers basic facilities in a coastal scrub setting near the lake. Cross the dunes to the beach for fishing, swimming and other sandy activities. DPaW Brochure:  Web: 

Yirra Karta Campsite: On the Munda Biddi Trail between Northcliffe and Walpole, accessible by mountain bike only. This very beautiful but remote section of trail offers cyclists the opportunity to experience the splendour of the Walpole Wilderness and the majesty of the south-west jarrah and karri forests. This section rewards self-sufficient riders with a true wilderness experience. The Trail is a long way from communities and often without mobile phone coverage. Web: 

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