I mentioned a few posts ago that we are on a mission to find the best camping near Perth, and over the last couple of years we’ve stayed at a heap of great places. There’s something nice about getting home on a Friday afternoon, jumping in the 4WD and driving under an hour away to a nice camp site for the weekend.
EDIT – We’ve now got a post that covers heaps more – 60 of the best campsites near Perth.
Of course, if you are prepared to drive a bit further there are considerably more options, but we aren’t exactly lacking places close to Perth to camp. If you are looking for more choices, check out 30 unbelievable camp sites in WA. In this post though, we cover 5 amazing camp sites near Perth you’ve probably never heard of:
1) Henry White Oval
We’ve stayed at a huge number of national park camp sites in WA and the Northern Territory, and enjoyed many of them. Henry White Oval though, is next level in so many ways, and is a huge credit to the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Located in Yanchep National Park, just 42 minutes north of Perth lies some of the best National Park camping anywhere near Perth. This camp site is quite new, but has hot showers, flushing toilets, a group fire pit (used in season) and a great kitchen/picnic area.
You have to pay entry to the National Park (want to know how to get 50% off? Check this out – National Park Pass Discount), and you need to book the camping in advance online (be aware that its super popular and can be booked out months in advance), but a spot on the oval is brilliant. There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around, lots of grass, more Kangaroo’s and bird life than you’ll be able to follow with plenty to do in the region.
The Yanchep Lake is well worth a walk around, as is the Koala Pen, a visit to the Adventure Trees course. We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend here, and would go back in a heartbeat. For more information, check out Henry White Oval.
2) Gidgedales Retreat
The first place we took our new Lifestyle Reconn R2 Hybrid Camper to was Gidgedales. Somewhere close to Perth, away from others and for a bit of peace and quiet. What we discovered though, was a truly epic camp site in Gidgegannup, on private property.
This camp site is only for camper trailers and caravans that are self sufficient (power and water is supplied), and is restricted to only a couple of campers at a time, but is nothing short of amazing, and at only 45 minutes from Perth its the perfect spot.
You camp in between two dams, not far from the wonderful owners property and can swim, fish and kayak the days away. There’s silver perch in the dam, which are a heap of fun to catch. It’s a mere $15 per night per van or camper trailer, which is a complete steal.
It’s a great place to relax around a fire, or to swim when its warmer. The dam always has plenty of water in it, and is a mesmerising colour!
If you are chasing more information on this camp site, check out Gidgedales Retreat.
3) Willowbrook Farm
Our latest adventure was to Willowbrook Farm, a place that came hugely recommended by many people. Of course, often these places don’t live up to their reputation, but Willowbrook exceeded ours, and then some.
It’s technically a Caravan Park, but is almost like a station stay, with amazing owners, fantastic animal feeding for the kids, lots of room to run around and the most amazing, free scones on Sunday morning you’ll have anywhere.
Located only 58 minutes north of Perth in between Gingin and Guilderton its easily doable for a weekend. This is extremely popular, and was booked out on a normal weekend when we visited, with lots of families coming to enjoy themselves.
To find out more, check out Willowbrook Farm.
4) Carmel Cider
Located a whopping 30 minutes away from Perth lies the best camping we’ve experienced near Perth. On private property at a beautiful Orchard lies Carmel Cider.
If you’ve got a small setup, you can camp under the orchard, pick apples in season (and subject to demand) and kick back and relax. The owners are absolutely fantastic, and its extremely good value for money.
To find out more, have a read of the full blog post at Carmel Cider; the best camping near Perth.
5) Trapwell Farm
Last, but not least is Trapwell Farm. Another Youcamp property, located on the Mortlock River (really a creek at this point) its worth a weekend away.
Camping is either on the edge of a Paddock, or along the Mortlock River, and is a great place in winter and spring. It is quite expensive for what you get, and the others further up this list are probably nicer too, but its still a great place to kick back and relax.
They’ve got horses which you can feed, and its not too far to drive into Northam for a look around. To find out more, check them out on Youcamps here.