Camping is a lot of fun, but one of the down sides is that you often have to drive way out of the city to find anywhere good. However, Perth has plenty of Camp sites that are under a few hours’ drive, meaning that you can easily get away with a weekend without having to pack everything and the kitchen sink. Regardless of what you want to do, there are a lot of places that you can spend a few days to relax! I know a lot of people want to know more about Camping Near Perth, which is where this post comes in. If you have any locations that you would like to share please leave a comment below, and I will add them!
Camping on the Coast near Perth
Wilbinga is probably the closest camping spot to Perth, on the beach. You can get there in less than 40 minutes, and there is a variety of camping spots ranging from right on the beach, behind a few dunes or off some of the tracks. There are a number of camping spots that are enclosed by rocky formations that stick out, meaning you will never have four wheel drives going passed on the beach. You can get to Wilbinga from Two Rock, or you can drive down from Moore River. The beaches along this part of the coast can be very soft at times, so be prepared to let your tyres down more than you might normally. For more information, see my post on Wilbinga.
Guilderton, or Moore River is a very popular camping location. You can camp at a Caravan Park, or you can camp along the beach (but you have to be far enough away from the town or the ranger will fine you!). Moore River has some good fishing, both in the river and where the river meets the ocean. There is plenty of four wheel driving on the beach and through various tracks too. Guilderton gets very busy during peak times; it’s not the best place to go for some peace and quiet! To drive to Guilderton, it only takes about an hour. Of course, if you want you can drive from Wilbinga along the beach.
Ledge Point is a small town just south of Lancelin. There are a number of camping spots around Ledge Point, which include a Caravan Park too. You can drive south from Lancelin and get near Ledge Point, but they have blocked it off with rocks right near Ledge Point. Ledge Point has some good fishing, plenty of four wheel driving and is well known for the many shipwrecks that you can dive on. If you want to know more, have a read of Ledge Point.
Lancelin is one of the more popular places to visit if you own a four wheel drive. You can camp at one of the Caravan Parks at Lancelin, or you can drive towards Wedge Island and find a camp spot. I have seen people camping in the dunes, but I am unsure of whether you are allowed to do this or not! To find out more, read my post on Lancelin and Lancelin Sand Dunes.
There have been a number of changes to this great location. Please read Changes to Wedge Island for more information. Wedge Island is a great place just north of Lancelin. Just recently the inland track has been closed by the defense force. You are allowed to drive to Wedge Island on the beach when the firing range is not in action, but otherwise you must take the track from the new Indian Ocean Drive (on a gravel track). Wedge Island has a number of shacks that were built by residents from Lancelin, who visit them on weekends to relax. It has great fishing and snorkelling, and a lot of people take their boats there. Off road motorbikes used to be allowed at Wedge Island, but have been banned due to the high number of serious accidents involving them. The ranger now issues on the spot fines if you are driving one around! To find out more, have a look at Wedge Island
Grey is similar to Wedge Island in many ways. Again, there are many shacks that have been built, which people live in from time to time. To get to Grey, you simply drive north of Wedge Island along the beach or the inland tracks. Plenty of people camp around this area, and spend a few days relaxing.
White Hills is a beach located south of Perth, just passed the Mandurah Cut. From Perth, it takes around an hour to get to the beach. You are not allowed to camp too close to any town ships, or in the dunes, but a lot of people still camp there. White Hills has some good fishing and diving, and is a very popular destination for a day trip.
Camping Inland near Perth
Avon Valley National Park
Avon Valley National Park has a number of camping spots throughout it. Being a national park the rangers are often patrolling it and will pick you up for doing anything wrong. Avon Valley has a number of four wheel drive tracks too, which are fun to play around in. To be honest I haven’t camped in the Avon Valley for several years, so my knowledge is somewhat out of date!
The Mundaring Powerlines Track is located about 45 minutes east of Perth, and takes about 5 hours to complete. People will camp on (or slightly off) the track from time to time. It is not really the ideal camping location though, because people go through the track at all times of the day (night runs are not uncommon on the weekend). However, if you want to spend a few days on the track then it is worth camping over. See the Mundaring Powerlines Track for more information
Waroona Dam is a popular place to camp, and it is only a good hour’s drive from Perth. You have to pay to camp around the Dam, but it is worth it. The dam is primarily used for water skiing, so if you have a boat it is a great place to go. However, be prepared to be woken at the crack of dawn to a V8 ski boat warming up! The dam is fresh water, and is great to swim in. Waroona Dam is also very popular for fishing – fresh water fish are regularly caught, ranging from Red Fin Perch through to trout.
Logue Brook Dam
Logue Brook Dam is very similar to Waroona, but it takes a bit longer to get there. A lot of people camp around Logue Brook Dam and water ski all day long. It is quite a nice dam, and is well worth a look.
Dwellingup is one of my favourite camping locations near Perth. In fact, it’s only an hour’s drive from the city. Dwellingup has become that popular today that you have to book (which is handy given that it is packed over any long weekend!). There are quite a few camping grounds within the national park, and you pay a small fee to stay there. Most camp sites have a drop toilet, and are within a few hundred metres of the river. Dwellingup is well known for canoeing down the rapids, four wheel driving, Downhill Mountain biking, tyre swings into the water, hiking trails, fresh water fishing and some good swimming. The temperature changes considerably in Dwellingup – in winter it is very cold, and in summer very hot. To find out more, read the post I wrote on Dwellingup.
Harvey and Brunswick Junction
The area in between Harvey and Brunswick Junction has a huge number of four wheel drive tracks, and plenty of places to camp. In many ways, this area is like Dwellingup, except not as many people visit and there is a much greater variety of camping locations. There is a fair bit of private property around the place though, so you need to be careful where you are driving. The Brunswick Junction area is great for camping, catching Marron, four wheel driving and motorbike riding. If you want somewhere that is a bit quieter than Dwellingup, then it’s a good place to visit. Take a look at Brunswick Junction for more information.
Collie has quite a few places to camp. Wellington Dam is well worth a look, but the camp sites are a fair distance away from this. Honeymoon Pool is one of the better camping locations; it’s quiet, right next to the river and is the perfect weekend getaway. The nearest four wheel driving tracks are near Brunswick Junction though, which is not too far away.
The DEC has recently updated a website with plenty of places to camp in WA. You can find it at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/campgrounds/
I know that I have only covered a small portion of the places for Camping Near Perth. I would love to hear more about your favourite spots; please leave a comment below.