Travel & Touring | Camping & Caravanning

By: Tatum Stafford

One of the best things about living in Perth is how close we are to the water - and we're not just talking about your local beach. 

There are tons of campgrounds in and around Perth that allow you to pitch your tent right by the water. And if you're a first-time camper, don't stress - we've got your beginner's guide to camping sorted. 

Once you're ready to hit the road, these lakes, dams or brooks are perfect for a weekend getaway – and what’s more, many of them are within two hours of Perth.

1. Belvidere Beach Campground, Leschenault

Nestled on the edge of the Leschenault Estuary, there are 28 camping sites at the picturesque Belvidere Campground. As part of the Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park, the campground is a stone’s throw from Belvidere Beach, as well as The Cut, a walking trail that leads through the park’s Tuart and Peppermint trees.

Be prepared to take your own drinking water as there is no running water available. Bookings cannot be made in advance, and sites are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Distance from Perth: Under two hours on State Route 2. Accessible by two-wheel-drive. 
  • Amenities: Longdrop toilets, wood barbeques and picnic tables. 
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16. 
  • Pet-friendly: No. 

2. Logue Brook Campground, Hoffman

The Logue Brook Dam is located within the Lake Brockman Tourist Park, and features 126 powered and unpowered campsites. The campground is a great base for adventures on the water, as access to the dam for swimming, fishing and launching canoes and kayaks is available at a number of spots around the shore. The nearby Lake Brockman is another popular spot for waterskiing and kayaking.

Campsite bookings are available on the Lake Brockman Tourist Park website.

  • Distance from Perth: An hour and a half on State Route 2 and South Western Highway. Accessible by two-wheel-drive.  
  • Amenities:  Longdrop toilets, gas and electric barbeques, a playground and the Lake Brockman Tourist Park café.
  • Cost: $10 per night for adults, $2.20 per night for children aged between 5 and 16.
  • Pet-friendly: Dogs are permitted, but must be on a leash at all times.

3. Lake Leschenaultia Campsite, Chidlow

Located on 168 hectares of bushland, Lake Leschenaultia is a popular camping destination for families. The 23 sites are well-positioned around the campground's namesake lake, and provide easy access for swimming, canoeing and kayaking on the water. The three kilometre walk around the lake offers the chance to spot kangaroos, possums and echidnas – and if you’d like a longer stroll, there are an additional 10 kilometres of walking and mountain biking trails within the area.

Bookings can be made through the website. Some sites are unpowered and don’t include onsite parking spaces, so be sure to specify your requirements at the time of booking.

  • Distance from Perth: Under an hour on National Highway 94. Accessible by all vehicles.
  • Amenities:  Ablution block, barbeques, washing machines, camp kitchen and a nearby café. 
  • Cost: $40 per site per night (includes up to two people). Fees apply for extra adults and children under 17 per night. 
  • Pet-friendly: No.

4. Yarragil Campground, Lane Poole Reserve

Located a stone's throw from the tranquil Murray River, Yarragil Campground is the smallest campgrounds within Lane Poole Reserve, consisting of just two sites. It's particularly popular with canoeists, as it sits beside the entry point for the epic 11.5-kilometre trail to Nanga Road Bridge.

There is no treated drinking water, and sites must be booked online.

  • Distance from Perth: An hour and a half on Kwinana Freeway and State Route 2. Accessible by all vehicles.
  • Amenities: Toilets and picnic tables.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16.
  • Pet-friendly: Yes.

5. Honeymoon Pool Campground, Worsley

The popular Honeymoon Pool Campground features 20 campsites for tents on the banks of the Collie River. Depending on your site, you could be sleeping just 15 metres from the river’s edge, so it’s a great spot for an authentic lakefront experience. Activities such as fishing, bushwalking, canoeing and mountain biking are popular around the campground.

There is no treated drinking water, and the sites can be pre-booked online.  

  • Distance from Perth: Just over two hours on State Route 2. Accessible by two-wheel-drive.
  • Amenities: Flush toilets, gas barbeques and picnic tables. Facilities are shared with daytime visitors to Honeymoon Pool. 
  • Cost: $15 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16. 
  • Pet-friendly: No.

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6. Nanga Mill Campground in Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup

There are nine separate campsites within the expansive Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup, but the reserve’s largest open campground is at Nanga Mill. Located on the bank of the Nanga Brook, there are 55 versatile sites in the area that are suitable for tents, caravans and camper trailers. The sites are close to a safe swimming area, so are a popular spot for families and larger groups. The two kilometre Nanga Brook Walk Trail is another attraction; following the brook from the Mill to the Nanga Townsite.

The sites cannot be pre-booked, and there is no running water available.

  • Distance from Perth: An hour and a half on Kwinana Freeway and State Route 2. Accessible by all vehicles. 
  • Amenities:  Toilets and picnic tables.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16.
  • Pet-friendly: Yes.

7. Walyunga Campground in Walyunga National Park, Bullsbrook

Walyunga National Park is one of the closest places to Perth for an authentic bush camping experience. Campers at the park can discover the walking trails, picnic facilities and wildflower hotspots on offer – and can also enjoy canoeing or kayaking on the idyllic Avon River. There’s another great canoe launch area at the nearby Walyunga Pool picnic area.

National park entry fees apply, and you’ll need to book your stay in advance online.

  • Distance from Perth: Under an hour on State Route 51 and West Swan Road. Accessible by two-wheel-drive. 
  • Amenities:  No-flush pit toilets and picnic tables.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16. 
  • Pet-friendly: No.

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8. Martins Tank Lake Campground in Yalgorup National Park, Preston Beach

Redeveloped in 2013, the Martins Tank Campground is nestled amongst Peppermint and Tuart woodland on the banks of Martins Tank Lake. The 34-site campground permits easy access to the spacious Yalgorup National Park as well as various entry points on the lake. Although shallow, kayaking is a popular activity on the lake, and gives you the best chance at spotting the region’s native birdlife and fauna.

You can book your site online, or there is a self-serve booth when you arrive. There is no running water at the campground.

  • Distance from Perth: Under an hour and a half on State Route 2. Accessible by two-wheel-drive. 
  • Amenities:  No-flush pit toilets, gas and electric barbeques, picnic tables, dishwashing facilities with seasonal rainwater. 
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16.
  • Pet-friendly: No.

9. Stockton Lake Recreation Area Campground, Collie

For a truly unique camping experience, set up camp just metres from the water at Stockton Lake. There are 50 unpowered campsites within the Recreation Area; which is perfectly stationed on the shore of the crystal blue lake. During warmer months, activities such as boating, waterskiing, kayaking, SUPing and swimming are popular on the lake. It should be noted, however, that due to low pH levels, those with sensitive skin should limit their exposure to the water in the lake.

There are no reservations available for Stockton Lake, so it’s first-in, first-served.

  • Distance from Perth: Just over two hours on State Route 2. Accessible by two-wheel-drive. 
  • Amenities: Toilets and wood barbeques.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16. 
  • Pet-friendly: Yes.

10. Potters Gorge Campground, Worsley

Situated on the shore of the Wellington Dam, Potters Gorge boasts 55 individual campsites that cater to freestanding tents or swags, campervans and camper trailers. Set amongst shady Jarrah and Marri trees, this campsite is famed for its mountain bike track, bushwalking trails, fishing spots and ideal conditions for canoeing. It's a great campground for first-timers, as there’s a nearby kiosk in case you forget any of the essentials.

You’ll need to book your site in advance online.

  • Distance from Perth: Just over two hours on State Route 2. Accessible by two-wheel-drive. 
  • Amenities: No-flush pit toilets, double-gas barbeques, picnic tables, cold water dishwashing facilities, dump station and an info shelter.
  • Cost: $15 per night for adults, $3 per night for children aged between 5 and 16. 
  • Pet-friendly: No.

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Last updated: June 2021