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Margaret River Camping

Margaret River was never a place we really spent much time at up until the last few years, and we’ve completely fallen in love with it. These days we normally visit a couple of times a year, and always keep coming back for more. 

It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what we love about Margaret River, but those who’ve been will agree that its a place that is nothing short of stunning. We always thought it was a place that didn’t really suit camping or 4WDing, but we were very wrong!

Despite not really being known for it, there’s a huge number of Margaret River Camping locations, and some of the Margaret River 4WD tracks are as good as they get in WA.

In this post, we cover much of what we love about Margaret River, and where you can camp. You should know that Margaret River is big into no camping outside of designated areas, and if you do, you’ll often get moved on, or a fine from the local rangers.

Stunning beaches at Margs

Margaret River has some truly next level beaches, and the camping is fantastic too

Conto’s

Set back just over a kilometre from the coastline lies a massive Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) camp site that is split into 8 separate camping areas, or rings. There’s 116 different camp sites, with the surrounding scenery being pretty spectacular.

There was a nasty bushfire that went through this area recently, but its got some pretty incredible wildlife and will bounce back in no time to be just as beautiful, as it always does.

  • Cost: Adults are $15 per night, with kids between 6 and 15 $3 per night. Concessions are $9 per night
  • Amenities: Toilets, camp kitchens, fire rings and picnic tables (not in every spot)
  • Style of camping permitted: All types
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: Yes, in season 
  • How to book: Online at the DPAW site
Camp Kitchen at Contos

Contos has a huge number of sites, with compact limestone laid down

Conto camp ground

Some of the sites are really decent

Boranup Camp Ground

WA has some pretty amazing little camp grounds around the place, and Boranup is one of them. Located in the middle of a beautiful forest, with limited room for big rigs and lots of people, this is one of the quietest, and most peaceful camp sites that you’ll visit.

  • Cost: Adults are $11 per night, with kids between 6 and 15 $3 per night. Concessions are $7 per night
  • Amenities: Toilet and fire rings
  • Style of camping permitted: Tents and small campers only
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: Yes, in season 
  • How to book: First come, first serve. There’s no online booking
Karri forests in Margaret River

You’ll find the Boranup camp site not far from these beautiful forests.

Jarrahdene

One of the newer DBCA camp sites is Jarrahdene, located roughly half way between Margaret River and Hamelin Bay, perched in a beautiful forest with stunning views. The camp kitchens, toilets and sites are brilliant and its a truly peaceful get away.

This is an amazing base to explore the many 4WD tracks in the region, and is perfect for heading down to the beautiful Hamelin Bay for the day.

  • Cost: Adults are $15 per night, with kids between 6 and 15 $3 per night. Concessions are $9 per night
  • Amenities: Toilets, camp kitchens, fire rings and picnic tables along with a dump point and rubbish bins on the way in
  • Style of camping permitted: All types
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: Yes, in season 
  • How to book: Online booking on the DPAW website
Jarrahdene camping

Beautiful views at Jarrahdene

Toilets at Jarrahdene

The new amenities are really well done

Olive Hill Farm

Not far out of Margaret River lies a brilliant slice of private property, known as Olive Hill Farm. It’s low cost with each camp site separated by Olive Trees, and you can walk down to the river (the actual Margaret River) and swim in summer, which is spectacular. 

  • Cost: $25 per night for two people, with kids an extra $3 per night. Water and dump point access is $1 per 25 litres, and $5 per cassette
  • Amenities: No amenities, except water and dump point if you pay. There is a toilet on site but you are supposed to use your own
  • Style of camping permitted: All types except backpacker vans
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fires permitted: No
  • How to book: Online, through their website
Olive Hill Farm from above

A really unique place to camp that is very affordable

Beach at the river

You can walk down to the river on their property that is spectacular in summer

Warner Glen

If you are chasing another quiet bush camp in a beautiful forest, you can’t go wrong with Warner Glen, sometimes referred to as Chapmans Pool. The camp sites are a bit of a walk from the water, but its a magic place

    • Cost: Adults are $11 per night, with kids between 6 and 15 $3 per night. Concessions are $7 per night
    • Amenities: Toilets, fire rings and a camp kitchen with BBQ’s
    • Style of camping permitted: All types
    • Pet Friendly: Yes
    • Fires permitted: Yes, in season 
    • How to book: No booking, with first come, first serve
Warner Glen

Warner Glen has great camping not far from the river

Glenbrook

Just a couple of minutes south of Margaret River lies another private property run by Jason, set up for campers. A lot of the camping is out in the open, but its a great bush property with a heap of walk trails and lots of wildlife.

  • Cost: $15 for a single adult, and $10 extra per night for additional adults
  • Amenities: Hot showers, flushing toilets and a camp kitchen
  • Style of camping permitted: All types
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: No 
  • How to book: Ring Jason
Camping at Glenbrook

If you want a nice, quiet place to camp with friends and family Glenbrook is fantastic

Amazing trees

The views are fantastic, and amenities really good too

Fair Harvest

If you want something different, Fair Harvest is a private property set up with permaculture gardens in 1995, where you can camp and learn a heap. Its run through Hipcamp, and is hugely popular

  • Cost: $38 for two adults, per night
  • Amenities: Hot showers, camp kitchen and composting toilets
  • Style of camping permitted: All types
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fires permitted: Communal fire pit, in season
  • How to book: Through Hipcamp

Sues Bridge

If low cost camping is your thing (why wouldn’t it be?!) Sues Bridge is the perfect option for you. Located right on the Blackwood River, this is a truly picturesque part of the world, and appreciated by many

  • Cost: $11 for adults, $7 for concession and $3 for children
  • Amenities: Toilets, Barbeque and Picnic tables
  • Style of camping permitted: All types, although some sites are small and do not suit large rigs
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: Yes, in season 
  • How to book: No booking available; first in, best dressed.

Prevelly Caravan Park

Heading out towards the coast lies Prevelly Caravan Park. This isn’t far from where the Margaret River flows into the ocean, and makes for a popular spot to camp

  • Cost: Between $35 – $47 per night, depending on powered and unpowered and peak/off peak
  • Amenities: The usual caravan park amenities
  • Style of camping permitted: All types
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: No 
  • How to book: Online via their website

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park

There’s something truly special about Hamelin Bay, and we’ve loved visiting the coastline here a number of times. If you want something away from the hustle and bustle, Hamelin Bay is its own little slice of paradise, located within walking distance to a beautiful beach with big stingrays that often come in during the day.

The caravan park and surrounding day use area gets seriously busy on long weekends and school holidays, but there are no other shops or attractions nearby.

  • Cost: $26 to $38 per night for two adults depending on power and peak/off peak
  • Amenities: Normal caravan park facilities
  • Style of camping permitted: All types
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fires permitted: Yes
  • How to book: Online on their website
Hamelin Bay beach

The beaches around Hamelin Bay are incredible

Other caravan parks

There’s a myriad of other caravan parks around Margaret River, which we haven’t had much to do with: Taunton Farm Holiday Park, Margaret River Tourist Park, Big Valley, RAC Margaret River Nature Park, Riverview Tourist Park and Gracetown Caravan Park.

If you’ve enjoyed the many Margaret River camping options, I’m sure you’d agree its an incredible area and totally worth a stay.

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