It’s Wednesday in the office and you’ve already had your fourth chat about the weather in the break room. It’s been a long week of meetings that could have been emails, pushed out deadlines, and way too many coffees.
It’s time to go camping.
Yes, we all love our city but sometimes it’s nice to get out into nature, relax and re-set. Luckily enough Perth is surrounded with so many wonderful spots to park up the trailer or pitch a tent. With the summer season coming into full swing there’s a lot of long weekend opportunities to let go of that daily grind. Just don’t forget the bug spray!
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Located in Wellington National Park, this little gem is only 2 hours south of Perth. The camp spot is situated right on the Collie River so you can wash off the week in tranquil serenity. Spend the weekend kayaking, swimming and walking through the bush land. There are barbeque facilities available on site and it’s 2WD accessible so you’ll be well and truly prepared to go after a quick trip to Woolies.
Just shy of 3 hours south from Perth, Sues Bridge campsite comes with kitchen amenities like a sink, food preparation tables, picnic tables and barbeque facilities. Being a waterfront campsite, you can wake up to the soothing sounds of the Blackwood River. It sure as hell beats being abruptly surprised by your morning alarm. Bookings are on a first come first serve basis so it’s best to pick a time not in the pit of school holidays.
Lane Pool Reserve
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Lane Pool is one of the most popular camping destinations near Perth and it’s pretty obvious why. After a quick 1.5hour jaunt out of the city you’ll find yourself parked along the Murray River, with access to hiking trails like the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi trail. There are nine campsites to choose from and they provide picnic tables and eco toilets on site. The sites have availability to host a variety of camping styles, from tents to full-scale campervans.
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Nestled in the wholesome Perth hills region, Lake Leschenaultia feels like a playground for all its attendees. The lake is a popular destination for camping as well as day trips, with a lakebed beach, canoe hire and sheltered BBQ facilities. If you’re not that into cooking you can buy lunch from the kiosk and head out on one for the many hiking trails. Located close to the Chidlow town centre you can also enjoy plenty of nice bakeries, pubs and shops nearby.
Think laid back vibe, insta-worthy beaches and… stingrays. Yep, Hamelin Bay is known for being the place to interact and watch the rays as they cruise along the beach daily. Camping at the Hamlin Bay Holiday Park you’ll be perched right on the beach so you can enjoy everything that the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park has to offer.
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This camping spot has one of the best views in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, a coastline strip between Augusta and Walpole. Over 100 million years ago flowing volcanic lava was cooled by the ocean and left behind uniquely shaped black hexagonal columns. This natural marvel can only be accessed with caution by 4WD, but it is truly a worthwhile adventure.
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Waroona Dam is a popular location for water activities like wakeboarding or freshwater fishing. There are also a lot of hiking spots around the area as the Bibbulmun Track is available for public access. Book at the nearby Lake Navarino Holiday Park in a camp site, cabin, cottage, park home or even go glamping! You can arrange all sorts of activities though the Holiday park including
kayaking and other water sports.
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When most Perthians think about getting away they tend to think about heading south. But just an hour north of Perth you can camp right on the beach at Guilderton Caravan Park. See where the river meets the ocean, go fishing, or simply relax on the beach with a book in hand. No matter how you like to recharge you can find it here.
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Another adventure north of Perth, Jurien Bay is a 2.5 hour drive and is a favourite for short weekend getaways. Stay at the Jurien Bay Tourist park and get yourself a camp spot or snooze in style in one of the fully self-contained holiday units. Jurien Bay is jam packed with activities from checking out the Pinnacles, to four-wheel driving to the Stockyard Gully Caves, or you even go skydiving! While you are there be sure to head to Murray St Grill for dinner, you won’t regret it.
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The Warren Campground in Pemberton is a secluded slice of heaven tucked away in the Australian bushland. The campsite provides you with the bare essentials like a picnic table and toilet, but you’ll have to bring everything else with you. The campsites are shaded by overhanging trees and there’s a decking that looks out onto the Warren River where you can sit and relax or drop in a canoe. If you’re looking for a hike, the Warren River walk is a 10.5km trail that takes you deep into the valley for some incredible river views.
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About the author:
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/