The best camping in Western Australia.
White sands, riverside vineyards, and desert moonscapes make up the diverse landscapes of Australia’s largest state.
Where to Go
Dusty red desert tracks wind their way through the Kimberley region to Broome and Kununurra, where the vast outback plains harbor unearthly scenery and a rich Aboriginal heritage. Intrepid travelers can enjoy a taste of Australia’s Wild West out here—drive the Gibbs River Road, stopping to hike through ancient gorges, swim in remote waterholes, and enjoy campfires beneath the stars.
Rough-hewn headlands, sloping vines, and pretty seaside towns provide a serene backdrop for wine tasting and coastal walks in the Margaret River region. Albany, Bunbury, and Bussleton are among the most popular places to stay, affording access to the region’s many beaches, wineries, and camping spots.
From Esperance on the south coast all the way up to Newman, the Golden Outback rolls out a glorious canvas of white sand beaches, kaleidoscopic salt lakes, and rocky canyons. Whether off-roading in a four-wheel drive or winding through the outback in a campervan, there are ample opportunities for road tripping, with camping sites and holiday parks dotted throughout. Along the way, dive into Aussie’s gold rush heritage in Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, walk the powder white sands of Lucky Bay, and gaze out over fields of vibrant wildflowers.
Stretching north of Perth, from Kalbarri and Shark Bay, to Coral Bay and Exmouth, the Coral Coast presents photo-ready panoramas from every angle. Sugary sands melt into turquoise waters; bands of shocking coral teem with tropical fish, manta rays and whale sharks; and the ancient rivers of the Cape Range National Park carve rocky gorges that snake down to the ocean. Outdoor adventures abound, from snorkeling and kayaking the Ningaloo Reef, to bushwalking and beach camping.
Perched along the vine-flanked banks of the Swan River and blessed with year-round sunshine, Perth knows how to live the good life. In the city, wine tasting cruises, riverside BBQs, and verdant parklands will keep you outdoors, while the neighboring port town of Fremantle serves up beautiful beaches and ocean-fresh seafood. Holiday parks and camping sites dot the surrounding countryside, providing easy access for campers and campervans.