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Q37 Camping around Esperance and along the coast to Albany

A. Most coastal Shires in Western Australia do not permit camping outside of authorised area.  There are many free and low cost options along the south coast in addition to caravan parks in towns and near the coast outside of towns.  Travelling from east to west, we will start with the Esperance Shire. 

 

If travelling in the summer holiday season, expect campgrounds to be filled and caravan parks booked to near capacity all along the coastline. 

 

See our Travelogue of the South Coast

Esperance area

National Parks campgrounds.  No campfires permitted.  Barbecues provided at some campgrounds.  No pets.  Generators permitted in specified hours at some campgrounds only.  Booking are not applicable.  Campgrounds under pressure during the summer months and school holidays.  Prices quoted subject to change.  See Campgrounds in the Golden Outback to confirm camping fees.

Cape Arid National Park * See closures following fires below

 

Cape Arid National Park commences 134 kilometres east of Esperance via Fisheries Road. 

 

Thomas River campground by the Thomas River mouth is accessible by two-wheel-drive vehicles and suitable for caravans.  The campground has toilets, picnic tables and gas barbecues.  Park entry fees apply.  Camping fees $10 per person per night. 

 

Jorndee Creek is a small campground close to the Jorndee Creek mouth and a sheltered bay. Suitable for tents and small campervans with limited sites.  Four wheel drive access track. Pit toilets only.  Access from Fisheries Road or Merivale Road then Poison Creek Road.  Park entry fees apply.  No camping fees. 

 

Seal Creek is behind the sand dunes near Seal Creek mouth and is 100 metres from the beach.  Four wheel drive access and only suitable for tents.  Access from Fisheries Road or Merivale Road then Poison Creek Road.  Park entry fees apply.  No camping fees. 

 

Mount Ragged, pit toilet and barbecue.  Suitable for tents and small campervans.  Four wheel drive access track. Head north on the Balladonia-Mount Ragged track from Fisheries Road, Cape Arid.  Park entry fees apply.  No camping fees. 

Lucky Bay campground features a camp kitchen with a gas barbecue and burners, hot and cold running water (untreated) and a dishwashing sink. There are showers with solar water heating. 62 kilometres south west of Esperance via Merivale Road and Cape Le Grand Road. Suitable for caravans.  Park entry fees apply.  Camping fees $10 per person per night.  Campground upgrades were delayed due to bushfires, but 22 sites are now open at Lucky Bay.

Cape Le Grand National Park

Cape Le Grand campground features a camp kitchen with a gas barbecue and burners, hot and cold running water (untreated) and a dishwashing sink. There are showers with solar water heating. 57 kilometres south east of Esperance via Merivale Road and Cape Le Grand Road. Suitable for caravans.  Park entry fees apply.  Camping fees $10 per person per night. 

Stokes National Park

 

Benwenerup on the western shore of Stokes Inlet features two camp kitchens with gas barbeques, a dishwashing sink, food preparation surfaces and picnic tables and benches. The camp kitchen and toilets have been designed for wheelchair access. Turn south into Stokes Inlet road 80 kilometres west of Esperance.  Suitable for caravans.  Park entry fees apply. Camping fees $10 per person per night. 

Fanny Cove by the beach in the Stokes National Park to the east of Stokes Inlet is a small camping area suitable for camper trailers or tents and has a toilet and picnic tables.   Access by four wheel drive track from Farrell Road. Park entry fees apply. No camping fees. 

 

Shoal Cape is a very small camping area suitable for small campervans or tents, in the vicinity of Fanny Cover to the east of Stokes Inlet.  Three sites only.  Access by four wheel drive track from Farrell Road.   Park entry fees apply.  No camping fees. 

 

Skippy Rock, Margaret Cove is a small campground on the coast to the west of Stokes Inlet.  Pit toilet, .  Suitable for campervans, small caravans and trailers, and tents.  Access from South Coast Highway with access also from Springdale Road.  

Other camping accommodation

 

Duke of Orleans Bay Caravan Park, 90 kilometres east of Esperance via Fisheries Road and Orleans Bay Road

 

Condingup 67 kilometres east of Esperance on Fisheries Road allow free camping on the recreation ground, toilets provided.   

 

Shire of Esperance Campgrounds

 

Campfires not permitted during the summer months, generally from 1st November to 30th April but subject to change according to seasonal conditions.  Most, but not all, allow pets under the usual conditions.  Some of these are four wheel drive only and not suitable for caravans.  Distances are approximate when taken from Council brochure. 

 

Israelite Bay 200 kilometres east of Esperance via Fisheries Road.  Four wheel drive access; no facilities.  No pets. $2 per person per night

 

Thomas River 115 kilometres east of Esperance.  Toilet, . Suitable for caravans. No pets.

$2 per person per night

 

Kennedy River 110 kilometres east of Esperance. For wheel drive access.  Toilet.  Pets permitted. $2 per person per night

 

Alexander Bay 100 kilometres east of Esperance via Fisheries Road and Alexander Bay Road.

For wheel drive access.  Toilet, non potable water.   Pets permitted. $5 per site per night

 

Membirup 90 kilometres east of Esperance. Four wheel drive access. No facilities. Pets permitted. $2 per person per night. 

 

Quagi Beach campground.  Turn south into Farrell Road 64 kilometres west of Esperance for 12 kilometres unsealed road. Suitable for caravans.  See it on video from  WA Now and Then.  Toilet, cold shower and non potable water.  Although accessed through the Stokes National Park, the campground is not within the National Park, and pets are permitted.  $5 per site per night. 

 

For those travelling on the Coolgardie-Esperance Road:

 

Gibson Soak Hotel 26 kilometres north of Esperance on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway offer free camping for self contained campers on an area of vacant land adjacent to the highway.  

 

Salmon Gums Community Caravan Park, 106 kilometres north of Esperance on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.  Powered sites $15 with full caravan park amenities including a washing machine (twin tub).  No dump point. 


 

Munglinup Beach campground near the Oldfield River Estuary 130 kilometres west of Esperance.  Munglinup Beach Road turns south from Springdale Road.  Toilets, cold showers, non potable water. Pets permitted.  $10 per site payable at the private # Munglinup Beach caravan park which you will pass 2.5 kilometres before reaching the campground.   

From Esperance to Hopetoun you can take Springdale Road and Southern Ocean Road which goes close to the coast, rather than the South Coast Highway.  There are low cost virtually unserviced beachside campgrounds at Starvation Bay 44 kilometres east of Hopetoun via Southern Ocean Road, and Mason Bay 34 kilometres east of Hopetoun via Southern Ocean Road and Mason Bay Road.  If travelling from the east, via Springdale Road and Starvation Harbour Road, the Southern Ocean Road from Starvation Bay to Mason Bay.  These campgrounds have pit toilets only.  See our Review of Mason Bay

 

If following the South Coast Highway,130 kilometres west of Esperance, Munglinup rest area

opposite the Munglinup Roadhouse has use of flushing toilets plus showers for $5, pay at the roadhouse opposite, money goes to the local fire brigade. The shower is in a locked room in the same building as the toilets but requires a key from roadhouse on payment of the donation.  Suitable for overnight.  There is a Caravan Park at Ravensthorpe. 

 

The Main Roads rest area 80 kilometres west of Ravensthorpe and 34 kilometres east of Jerramungup at Jacup near the Fitzgerald River Bridge is large and suitable for stopping overnight; no amenities.

Esperance to Bremer Bay

Bremer Bay to Albany

Fitzgerald River National Park

 

Four Mile campground at Culham Inlet, seven kilometres west of Hopetoun via Hamersely Drive. Suitable for tents, campervans, trailers and larger caravans.  Pit toilets, change room suitable for a portable shower, barbecue and picnic area.  Park entry fees apply.  Camping fees $10 per person per night. 

 

St Mary’s Inlet near the St Mary River mouth.  Pit toilets.  Suitable for campervans, small caravans and trailers, and tents. Accessed from Point Ann Road.  Park entry fees apply.  Camping fees $7.50 per person per night. 

 

Other camping accommodation

 

Quaalup historic homestead (1858) , in a pocket of private land surrounded by the Fitzgerald River National Park has been restored by the present owners as Quaalup Wilderness Retreat, where they offer camping sites (unpowered or minimal power) and chalet accommodation 47 kilometres north of Bremer Bay by all seasons roads, or 180 kilometres north east of Albany.  We found the nine kilometres of road through the National Park to Quaalup Homestead very corrugated, but that would depend on when last graded.   The “short cut” from Bremer Bay is dry weather seasonal access only track and probably not suitable for towing a caravan. It can only be used when the mouth of the Wellstead Estuary can be crossed. 

 

Tozers Bush Camp is just twenty two kilometres from Bremer Bay via the Bremer Bay-Borden Road and Ocumup Road, with 48 unpowered camping sites in 700 acres of beautiful bushland bordering the Fitzgerald National Park. Walking and bike trails.  A wonderful variety of exquisite native orchids can be seen during spring.  Spacious camp kitchen and entertainment area, with microwave, fridges, sinks, gas cooktops and television. Hot showers and toilets. $30 per night for two.  Pets at managers discretion. Phone 0428371015 or email tozersbushcamp@gmail.com

 

Fitzy’s Bush Camp is a 300 acre property just four kilometres east of Ravensthorpe, south side of the South Coast Highway.  Fitzy's has been CLOSED to camping.

 

There is a Caravan Park at Hopetoun, one at Ravensthorpe and two caravan parks at Bremer Bay.

 

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Millers Point on the Pallinup River Estuary Millers Point accessed via Millers Point Road from the Bremer Bay Road; on the Beaufort Inlet (Pallinup River Estuary) with pit toilets only at $5 per night collected by a Ranger.

 

There is a Main Roads WA rest area alongside the Pallinup River Bridge which is a pleasant rest area to stop and refresh; no amenities. 

 

Boat Harbour is accessed by Boat Harbour Road which leaves the South Coast Highway eight kilometres south west of the Pallinup River Bridge.  A small camping area at Boat Harbour accessed by a four wheel drive track, and is not suitable for caravans.   

Waychinicup National Park Campground, pit toilets.  Small site suited to walk in with tent, and a few suitable for small campervans $7.50 per person per night.  Access track and campsite sizes exclude caravans.  Access track leaves Cheyne Road 13 kilometres from the South Coast Highway.  Cheyne Road is 48 kilometres north east of Albany

 

National Parks and Council campgrounds on the east side of Albany

Three areas with small camping areas are accessed from Homestead Road which leaves the South Coast Highway; most of this road is unsealed. These are free of charge.  Norman’s Beach campground is a small campground by the Norman River Inlet and can be accessed by caravans via the unsealed Norman’s Beach Road.  Betty’s Beach is a small settlement of cottages.  Flushing toilets. limited space.   A steep rise from the settlement excludes caravans. East Bay has a small parking area and because of the size and a steep rise on leaving the campground it excludes caravans.

There are six Caravan Parks in Esperance.

 

For fully serviced sites, # Munglinup Beach Holiday Park caravan park receives good reports from visitors. 

For Caravan Parks in and around Albany see this Caravan Park List.  Note prices may have increased since this brochure was published. 


 

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Cheynes Beach Caravan Park is 67 kilometres east of Albany via South Coast Highway and Cheyne Road.   

Cape Riche community low cost campground on a lovely bay 18 kilometres from Wellstead which is on the South Coast Highway 79 kilometres south west of Jerramungup.

 

December 2014 and Updated January 2017
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As a result of the fire there are now no campgrounds accessible to two-wheel-drive vehicles in the Poison Creek area. Jorndee Creek and Thomas Fishery campgrounds have four-wheel-drive access and are open with a limited capacity of three campsites each.  There are campgrounds accessible to two-wheel-drive vehicles at Thomas River and also in Cape Le Grand and Stokes national parks.
* Seal Creek campground, Seal Creek day shelter and commercial fishing camp site were destroyed by bushfire in October 2015 and were closed to allow rehabilitation and rebuilding. These closures remain at this stage as closed indefinitely. Vehicular and beach camping will be temporarily allowed on Poison Creek beach.