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Q47 Where to go in Western Australia when the heat is on? 

A. The south coast of Western Australia is about the best you can get, but it is busy during the summer holiday period.  Check first for availability.  Caravan parks may have vacancies if you give them enough notice.  Popular campgrounds are on a first in basis and particular the smaller ones will be unlikely to have much room during the summer school holidays. 

 

What are the options for camping?  See all the options between Albany and Esperance   

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Concentrating on the coastal strip as far as Augusta, I will continue on from Albany westwards.  Not all campgrounds are suitable for caravans. 

 

Further west of Albany, there is a small and popular campground at Cosy Corner (East), with pit toilet and a dump point and suitable for small rigs only (as below left).  There is no charge for camping.  Update: A second section has opened with more room for caravans.

With three caravan parks in Denmark, the choices are between:  Ocean Beach Holiday Park eight kilometres from Denmark townsite, and close to Ocean Beach.  Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park (photos below) in a lovely location on Wilson Inlet and near the town.  See our review of Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park.  River Bend Caravan Park on the Denmark River close to the town. 

 

See our Travelogues of the Walpole, Denmark and Albany regions.  

With no free camping in the Shire of Denmark, the community managed Parry Beach Campground, at $15 per site (two people) or discounted weekly rate, is the only option.  Toilets including one with disability access, showers (hot if you get in early), barbecues, and power via a generator to amenities block only.  Volunteer caretaker on site in peak periods. 

 

Can get crowded in peak periods no bookings. Generators permitted within specified times.  Not suited to big rigs and medium to large caravans may be excluded.  Maximum rig height 2.75 metres.  Phone 08 98408321 for questions about caravan size and accessibility. Large rigs may be permitted to stay in a parking area.   Pets permitted.  A beach wheelchair available.

West Cape Howe National Park (Shelley Beach) DPaW campground, DPaW fees apply, pit toilet, barbecue, tents or small to medium campervans only; strictly no caravans or trailers (above right). 

 

Flood Gates (Torbay Inlet Road, Torbay) camping, 4wd recommended, with the very small camping area being free.

Ayr Sailean is a farmstay which includes a caravan park.   They also have low cost camping for caravaners not needed to use amenities or power (self contained)  .  Full amenities, with washing machine available for a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  Dump point.  Pets permitted but additional fees may apply.  Close to the South Coast Highway between Denmark and Walpole, being one kilometre from the Highway via Tindale Road Bow Bridge.   Farm stays are always worth checking out, and there may be others in the area. 

There is a Caravan Park at Peaceful Bay  , and at Walpole there are two, with Coalmine Beach Holiday Park  and Rest Point Holiday Village, both with inlet frontage.   See our Review of Rest Point Holiday Village.

 

Boat ramp at Coalmine Beach on the Nornalup Inlet below left.

 

Foreshore of the Walpole Inlet at Rest Point Holiday Village below right.

Augusta also has a relatively cool climate in summer so is also under pressure during the summer holiday period. 

 

There are two caravan parks owned by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret. Turner Caravan Park  is close to town, and sites are terraced down to the Hardy Inlet (mouth of the Blackwood River) and is a pleasant park.  Pets are not permitted. Flinders Bay Caravan Park is on the shores of Flinders Bay at the Flinders Bay settlement and pets are allowed. 

 

 

Thirteen kilometres west of Walpole along the South Western Highway, Crystal Springs Campground is suitable for tents, small campervans and camper trailers. Caravans and larger campervans are not permitted.  There are toilets, picnic tables and wood barbecues. $7.50 per person per night. 

 

There is a caravan park near the beach at Windy Harbour, with showers and toilets but limited power due to the fact that there is no mains power supply to Windy Harbour.  There are six powered sites.  Otherwise generators are permitted between 11 am and 11 pm.  Pets not permitted.  $11.50 per person per night. 

In addition, there are other caravan parks in the area.  Westbay Retreat is a caravan park on the northern outskirts of the Augusta townsite and allows pets. 

 

Molloy Caravan Park is fifteen kilometres north east from Augusta, on the Blackwood River, but not actually on Molloy Island and does not allow pets. 

 

Hamelin Bay Caravan Park is near the beach at Hamelin Bay (at right), also fifteen kilometres from Augusta; pets not permitted.  

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Alexandra Bridge is a low cost campground (at left) on the lower reaches of the Blackwood River.  It has been upgraded since our visit, and camping along the edge of the river is no longer allowed.  It is managed by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and fees apply.  Adults $10 per night and $5 for children over two years of age.   

This covers the southern coastal strip of Western Australia. 

 

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River does not allow any free camping or camping outside of authorised camping areas.  Without listing the caravan parks and farm stay camping on the western coast and at Margaret River, there are a number of campgrounds in the area.  See under Karridale, Witchcliffe and Margaret River on these pages. 

 

December 2016 and updated June 2017

 

See our Travelogues of the Augusta region.
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