The best camping near Busselton, Western Australia.
The remote far west has the lot: a glorious stretch of coast, superlative Aussie nature, and gourmet produce and wine.
The west coast of Western Australia, especially the section stretching from Busselton south to Cape Leeuwin, is one of the country’s most remote and prettiest areas. Here, you can swim at sandy beaches and check out the wildflowers. The compact Margaret River region is a hot spot for foodies, with local wines, craft brews and heaps of gourmet treats. The area’s coast is perfectRead more...
The west coast of Western Australia, especially the section stretching from Busselton south to Cape Leeuwin, is one of the country’s most remote and prettiest areas. Here, you can swim at sandy beaches and check out the wildflowers. The compact Margaret River region is a hot spot for foodies, with local wines, craft brews and heaps of gourmet treats. The area’s coast is perfect for whale watching. Convenient camping options, from caravan parks to bush retreats dot the coast along Bussell Highway, and inland. Holiday parks have powered sites, plus cabins and chalets. Wilderness-lovers can ‘go remote’—National Parks and Wildlife’s campgrounds have basic campsites within incredible nature settings.
Busselton & Vicinity
Busselton, three hours south of Perth, is the region’s low-key commercial centre, stretched around Geographe Bay. Its main attraction is the 150-year old Busselton jetty that measures more than 1.8km long. Busselton has plenty of camp sites, parks and holiday villages that offer everything from a tent site, to chalets. Ocean-facing camp grounds, are dotted along the coast road. Glamping is available at nearby Margaret River. In town, there's a Big4, Mandalay Holiday Resort, Busselton Holiday Village and RAC Busselton Holiday Park.
Dunsborough, a smaller and more relaxed Busselton, offers great whale watching charters and diving opportunities. But visitors tend to head here for the attractive beaches, the pride of locals. Ask for their picks? Meelup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park explodes with wildflowers and colour in Spring. Snuggle in for the night at the DIY- Boranup Camp, nestled amongst towering karri trees.
Margaret River Wine Region
If visitors come to Western Australia only once in their lives, they’ll usually head to Margaret River (and its town of the same name). Its beautiful national parks, waterways and forests, not to mention the famous wine district, make it a fun place to camp. Campgrounds, including holiday parks with full facilities, are located within the township, as well as surrounds. Given Margaret River’s place on the culinary map, be sure to stock up on gourmet delights for your luxe amp meals.
When to Go
Temperatures can be very hot throughout summer, especially in January the thermometer can soar to above 30 degrees celsius between December and March. June and July are cooler. Spring, Autumn and Winter and top times to visit Margaret River and surrounds. Whale watching season runs from around June to early December. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot Humpback, Southern Right, Minke and Blue Whales.
Know Before You Go
- Check for alerts and road/park closures before travelling. www.emergency.wa.gov.au and https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au.
- The remote parks operated by the Parks & Wildlife Service have no power, nor running water or wifi and mobile phone coverage.
- If driving, watch out for kangaroos, especially at dawn and dusk.
- Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River are good places to stock up before heading south.
- Whale watching trips are offered from Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River.
- Busselton has a good fishing/camping gear shop.
- Not all parks, even those in town, offer wifi.