If you are looking for incredible beaches, brilliant 4WD tracks, amazing Karri forests and some of the best camping around Denmark and Walpole, I reckon we might have found it.
Boat Harbour Camp and Chalets was our home for 3 glorious nights, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in the Denmark/Walpole/Albany region. We were looking forward to the stay, but left feeling like it had far exceeded our expectations.
We don’t often travel south in winter, but after finding a few stunning locations like this, paired with plenty of good weather it turned out to be a cracker trip, and we will be back without a doubt.
Where is it, and is it 2WD accessible?
You’ll find Boat Harbour Camp on the south coast of WA, set back about 5km from the beach. Located 22 minutes from Denmark, or 23 minutes to Peaceful Bay its quite centrally located to plenty of other amazing spots. Alternatively, its only 33 minutes to Walpole and 59 minutes to Albany.
You’ll comfortably get most rigs into Boat Harbour Camp, including big caravans, 2WD vehicles and even most RV’s, as long as they aren’t hugely oversize.
Boat Harbour Camp is amazing slice of private property with the usual caravan park facilities, a couple of chalets and an amazing Karri tree back drop. The owners home is on the left as you drive in, which has just had the roof blown off. They have a few chooks, some alpacas and there is plenty of native animal life around.
Boat Harbour Beach
On the south coast, WA has some truly insane beaches. Boat Harbour is one of our favourites, with so many options to explore. The track in continues past the camp ground, and turns to soft sand, with you eventually popping out onto the beach. This can be a great place to fish, the 4WD tracks are a bit of fun and the beaches are nothing short of astounding.
Unfortunately for us, on our most recent stay the track in was closed due to fire break upgrades so we didn’t get to go back!
The camping amenities are dated and rustic, but kept clean and we had no issues with them. If you are expecting new showers, flash toilets and amazing bathrooms, this place is not for you. On the other hand, if you just want something to get the job done it works just fine.
There is a camp kitchen with microwave, fridge, tables and a fire to keep warm. There is a dump point providing you have used the right chemicals, and a small swing set for the kids to enjoy.
What does it cost?
Off peak (March 1 to December 13) camping is $10 per night (15 +), per person unpowered. Kids over 3 are another $5 per night, and if you want power, its another $5 per night. Caravans are $35 per night on a powered site for two people.
In peak season (December 14 to Feb 28) its $15 per night for adults, $7 per night for kids and Caravans are $40 per night.
All things considered, these prices are very reasonable.
When’s the best time to visit?
Going off the peak times, the most popular time to visit is when its warmest – November through to March. However, if you are OK with the cooler weather its beautiful year round. I’m not sure I’d want to spend a week there if it was pouring with rain, but we did 3 nights in early June and had absolutely amazing weather.
Over winter its much more likely to rain, but you also get the incredible misty mornings and get to see it rise through the Karri tree’s.
What can you do in the area?
If you are into adventure, you could spend weeks exploring the Walpole/Peaceful Bay/Denmark/Albany region. There is so many incredible beaches to see, plenty of 4WD tracks, brilliant fishing and lots of other amazing natural attractions. Here’s a few things you can do:
The inlet around Walpole is absolutely staggering. You can see it at Coalmine Beach Holiday Park, Rest Point and a heap of lookouts and day use areas. On a calm day, to see the mirror finish on an almost endless chunk of water is amazing. If you have a boat, you’ll have a ball fishing for black bream, and exploring out near the ocean mouth.
One of our favourite areas near Peaceful bay is Rame Head. It’s a fairly easy 4WD track to a number of beautiful beaches on the west side of Peaceful Bay, and is highly worth a day
Boat Harbour Beach
Of course, if you are going to stay at Boat Harbour Camp, you need to hit the beach. If you have a 2WD this isn’t possible, but it is a stunning set of beaches to explore.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
For something different, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is astounding, providing you aren’t too afraid of heights. Walk 40 metres above the ground level in the Tingle Tree Canopy, and experience a view like never before.
Giant Tingle Tree
If you’ve never seen a really, really big tree, this is worth a quick stop. It is almost too big to fathom, and you’ll get some great photos here.
Denmark tourist drive
On the way into Denmark, there’s a tourist drive that you can do, that goes past a number of properties that welcome the public. From wineries to galleries, ice cream, chocolate, honey and animals there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.
Possibly the best beach in WA, Greens Pool is currently undergoing a big upgrade. I’m told you can still get there from Parry Beach (4WD along the beach and then walk) but the car park is closed. This has some of the best bright green/blue water you’ll see anywhere in the state.
The river that flows through Denmark is a beautiful one to spend a few hours relaxing on. The town itself is very friendly, and you can easily pick up a nice feed and relax on the river bank.
I could list the many amazing beaches in Albany, but I won’t. Lets just say there are more than you’d explore in a day or two, and there aren’t many that are not worth a stop.
Albany Anzac Centre
The Albany Anzac Centre has huge recognition and is an amazing place to spend the afternoon. Head up for a picnic overlooking Albany, delve into the history and let the kids run wild with the old guns and subs!
Get out and explore it
I’m very pleased to find another stunning region of WA to explore. We’ve done Walpole, Denmark and Albany many times before, but never really dived into the incredible places that are so easy to get to. We will be doing a summer trip down south in the near future, and can’t wait to head back down here.
If you are looking for a magic place to spend a few nights, check out Boat Harbour Camp!