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15 Free Camps You Need To Know About in Margaret River

by Meri Gasem

Margaret River is a divine destination for all craft beer and wine lovers. From rustic distilleries to boutique wineries, you’re sure to have a glass in your hand at all times. The pristine bay welcomes surfers and Big Lappers that enjoy small coastal towns. This humble town is situated at the tip of southern West Australia and serves as an excellent base for traversing the region. You can walk the Cape To Cape walk, explore the Wilyabrup sea cliffs, or visit the farmers market for a fresh stock up on groceries. Spend days at Hamelin Bay waiting to catch a glimpse of the resident seals and migrating whales. Save your bucks for the delicious grape juice and stay at some of Margaret River’s nearby free camps!

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Tuart Drive Overnight RV Park

This is a great overnight stop near Margaret River suitable for self-contained campers only. It’s easily accessible, quiet and provides perfect campsites among the massive pine trees. It’s spacious, but it can get pretty busy, so you might not score a spot if you arrive later in the day.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Picnic Tables; Wildlife; State Forest.
Time Limit: 24 Hours.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Barrabup Rest Area

Good bush camp on the Mowen Road from Nannup to Margaret River with no facilities. It provides 4 campsites and a tranquil atmosphere. You can camp in your vehicle or tent. It’s close to the Barrabup Pool for a nice refreshment or a scenic walk in the forest.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Brockman/Stewart Rest Area

Located on the Brockman Highway, this is a picnic and rest area with basic facilities. It welcomes self-contained campers and camping in tents and cars is not allowed. Plenty of shaded spots, peaceful with enough spots on the gravel carpark, so you can get privacy.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; RVs.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Picnic Tables.
Time Limit: 24 Hours.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Darradup Roadside Rest Area

Flat and quiet overnight stay near Darradup with little to none road noise. No amenities but good free bush camping in a fairly expensive area. Enough space for up to 10 caravans and separated from the road with thick forest.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Karri Gully Picnic Site

Magnificent campground among the Karri trees, close to the road but tranquil after dark. It provides basic amenities as well as access to the Bibbulmun walking track. Enough space for at least 4 campers. Check for 1080 poison baits warning if you’re bringing your pet along.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks.
Time Limit: None.

 
 
 
 
 
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Dardanup Hall Car Park

Dardanup is a great place to stay in the Margaret River region when you want to explore the local wineries. The free camp at the town hall is not a scenic stay, but it’s safe and with basic amenities. You do have to be self-contained. You can find a bakery and pub within walking distance.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Drinking Water; TV Reception.
Time Limit: 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Chappel’s Bridge

A very secluded campground with only 3 sites available, hidden among tall Karris. The road to the camp is steep and gravel, so your 4WD will have a blast managing it. Plenty of firewood around and a lovely river right beside it. If you’re looking to go off the grid for a few days, this is your spot.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 4WD.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks; Swimming; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Warren River

Warren River campground is settled in the Warren National Park, among the untouched nature. You have 2 campsites to choose from and an optional creek crossing. It’s beaming with birdlife so expect an early morning song. Bring repellent as there can be mozzies.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 4WD.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Non-drinking Water; 4WD Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

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Connollys Flat

A popular overnight stay that welcomes around 5 self-contained campers. Minimal road noise after dark and a lush, thick forest around. Camping in cars and tents is not allowed. It’s one of the best roadside stops in the region.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 2WD; RVs.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Walking Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: 24 Hours.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Moons Crossing

A hidden gem off the beaten path, laying on the riverbank with just a couple of spots available. Peaceful with no other sound than birds chirping and water flowing. It’s a scenic sight available to fully self-contained campers. The road in is steep and gravel and should be avoided during the wet season.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 4WD; Off-road Caravans.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Swimming; 4WD Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: 72 Hours.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Glen Mervyn Dam

Great camping option for a few days of just chilling by the water, kayaking, fishing or swimming. The road in is a bit bumpy, but once you arrive, it’s worth it. Plenty of campsites to choose from, whether you prefer the waterside or deeper in the forest under the trees. Great base to explore the region.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 4WD; Off-road Caravans.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks; Swimming; Fishing; Kayaking; Boat Ramp Nearby; TV Reception.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Capel RV Stop

Perfect stopover in Capel with 3 campsites available and within walking distance to all the best places in town. Very quiet and secluded, never crowded and suitable for self-contained campers only. A nice creek nearby, dog park and service station; everything you might need for a short stay.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; TV Reception.
Time Limit: 24 Hours

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Wyalup Rocky Point

A beachfront campground featuring amazing sunsets and fascinating rocks worth exploring nearby. Conveniently located right off the road and close to other popular interests. There are plenty of amenities, still, right on the beach and free – what more could you ask for?

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: Yes, get a permit from the visitor’s centre in Bunbury.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Drinking Water; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Cycling and Walking Tracks; Playground; Swimming; Fishing; TV Reception; Wildlife.
Time Limit: 48 Hours.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cambray Siding

Settled in the State Forest, Cambray Siding is a short 4WD track right off Cambray Road. Campsites available in different areas, shaded or sunny, nearby the river and two water holes. A perfect off-grid place to explore on foot or your bike!

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 4WD; Off-road Caravans.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Open Fire Pits; 4WD Tracks; Cycling and Walking Tracks; Swimming; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Greenbushes Sports Complex

Greenbushes Sports Complex offers two separate campgrounds to self-contained travellers. It’s free, but you’re encouraged to leave a donation at the servo nearby. Lovely spot to relax for up to a week and explore the region. Lush greenery all around and quieter areas further in the back of the camp.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Drinking Water; Playground; Walking Tracks; Picnic Tables;
Time Limit: 7 Days.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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