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17 Free Camps You Need To Know About On The Coral Coast

by Meri Gasem

Australia’s Coral Coast stretches over a thousand kilometres of pristine beaches, wildflower beds and unspoiled coral reef beaming with sea life just metres offshore. It’s home to magnificent land attractions, beautiful gorges, the Ningaloo Reef, Kalbarri National Park, Shark Bay and Monkey Mia. Whether you’re looking for inland experiences or a few relaxing days by the beach, the Coral Coast has it all. From laidback coastal towns, outback desert, clusters of untouched islands to an adventurous road trip -the Indian Ocean Drive. The real gem of West Australia has an abundance of great free camps near all the must-see locations. Let’s see which ones you should drop by!

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Three Springs Short Stay Caravan Park

The town of Three Springs provides a fantastic multi-night free camp with plenty of decent-sized shaded or sunny campsites. You need to contact the shire for a key lock code and deposit $10 to get the keys to the toilets and showers. Clean amenities, a public pool next door operating in the summer months, a skate park, and many young gum trees. Just a short walk to town where you’ll find an IGA, fuel station and great pub!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Yes
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Drinking Water; Generators Allowed 6am to 9pm; Picnic Tables; TV Reception; Pull-Through Bays; Dump Spot; Swimming Pool; Pub
Time Limit: 72 Hours

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Koojan Salmon Gum Reserve

Koojan is a great bush camp near the road, with many flat camping sites and an abundance of birdlife. No traffic noise after sunset, a short picturesque walking track and good shades among the gum trees. There’s minimal light pollution at night, making it the perfect stargazing spot!

Showers/Toilets: None
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: None
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Generators Allowed; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks; TV Reception
Time Limit: None

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Wilbinga Campground

Wilbinga campground is set on a great stretch of pristine beach, and it’s suitable for self-sufficient campers. Get your tire pressure down and your adrenaline up driving through the sand dunes, or try fishing. The 4WD is not ideal for novice drivers. Witness some amazing sunsets at this unspoiled portion of the coastline, but beware of the foxes!

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 4WD Only.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Swimming; Fishing; 4WD Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 
 
 
 
 
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Tuarts Reserve Rest Area

Tuarts Rest Area is a popular stopover just 10 minutes from Cervantes and the Pinnacles, available to self-contained campers only. You’re required to carry a minimum of 20 litres of fresh water, have a grey water tank and portable toilet cassette. There are over ten campsites all decently sized and flat. Peaceful, quiet besides the road proximity. The only downside is the number of bees in summer.

Showers/Toilets: None
Access: 2WD; Caravans
Phone Service: None
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Picnic Tables; Wildlife
Time Limit: 72 Hours

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Wandoo Reserve Rest Area

Located right out of Jurien Bay, this bush camp accommodates self-sufficient campers only. Sheltered and shady thanks to the tall timber as well as close to the Indian Ocean Drive Road. Nice walking track in the back of the camp, clean grounds and a peaceful ambience; a good choice for a short stay.

Showers/Toilets: None
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: None
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Picnic Tables; Wildlife
Time Limit: 72 Hours

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lake Indoon

Lake Indoon is a well-equipped campground that has a year-round 4WD and fire ban. It serves as an aquatic playground since the 1950s and covers over 130 hectares. You can pick a sunny or shaded campsite with a sandy or gravel base. The facilities are cleaned frequently. You get to take in the views, the sounds of ducks quacking and walk around the lake for three days. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Yes
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Drinking and Non-drinking Water; Wheelchair Accessible; Generators Allowed; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks
Time Limit: 72 Hours

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Enanty Barn Mingenew

Enanty Barn is a small campground next to the historic site, suiting five to seven self-contained campers. It’s less than 4km from Mingenew, where you can shop for groceries and fuel. Peaceful and clean spot, close to the road but secluded and full of lush greenery.

Showers/Toilets: None
Access: 2WD; Caravans
Phone Service: Telstra
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Generators Allowed
Time Limit: 24 Hours

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bringo Lookout Geraldton

Enjoy the sensational views while staying close to the only city on the Coral Coast. Bringo Lookout is an open space close to the road so you can experience some winds and road noise. It can suit over five vans and has unlimited stay.

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

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tenindewa Pioneer Well – Wolya Well

Camp in the wildflowers and near the dried out salt lake at the Wolya Well. The grounds are huge, so you can secure a private spot easily. You can enjoy the excellent birdlife, picturesque wildflower carpets and a tranquil atmosphere. You might even spot an occasional kangaroo if you take a walk along the lake!

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

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Galena Bridge North

Galena Bridge campground is located in Kalbarri National Park, on both banks of the Murchison River. Great riverside overnight stay suitable for self-contained campers. It can get busy, so arrive early to score a spot by the river and enjoy the scenic view.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets
Access: 2WD; Caravans
Phone Service: None
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Swimming; Fishing; Wildlife; Dump Spot
Time Limit: 24 Hours

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Nerren Nerren Rest Area

Nerren Nerren is located right off the North West Coastal Highway and is accessible from both directions. There’s a sealed and red dirt area that can accommodate over 12 vans, under the shades or out in the sun. Even though it’s right off the highway, there’s minimal road noise. The area is clean and popular among travellers.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets
Access: 2WD; Carvans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Telstra
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Open Fire Pits; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Pull-Through Bays; Dump Spot
Time Limit: 24 Hours

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Billabong Roadhouse & Accommodation

The Billabong Roadhouse provides free parking next to the pub by the highway. It’s clean, safe and relatively quiet. Free hot showers are available; all you need is a $20 deposit for the key. You can enjoy some fantastic meals, rest for the night and buy cheap fuel!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Yes
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Non-drinking Water; Picnic Tables; On-site Accommodation; Fuel Available
Time Limit: 24 Hours

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Overlanders Roadhouse

The Overlanders is a family-operated roadhouse settled at the turnoff to Shark Bay and Monkey Mia. It offers free camping, excellent meals, a service station, 24h truck stop, caravan park and a camping area. For $5, you can get a hot shower and for $25 a powered site. It’s a remote area, so the roadhouse generates its own electricity and water!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Telstra
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Power Available; Picnic Tables; Fuel and Gas Available; On-site Accommodation
Time Limit: None

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Edaggee Rest Area

Clean and spacious rest area along the NW Coastal Highway, ideal for an overnight stop. Right off the road so you can expect some traffic noise. It can get crowded later in the day, but there are lots of spots. Beware of the flies during summertime!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Telstra
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Non-drinking Water; Wheelchair Accessible; Generators Allowed; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Pull-Through Bays; Dump Spot
Time Limit: 24 Hours

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Uendoo Creek

Make your 4WD work and hit up this remote campground. It’s the ultimate secluded bush camp in the area, settled by the creek and providing striking views. No facilities, but lots of birdlife, some kangaroos and rabbits. Wonderful stargazing spot with a clear view of the Milkyway.

Showers/Toilets: None
Access: 4WD; Off-road Caravans
Phone Service: Telstra
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; 4WD Tracks
Time Limit: None

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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GACA Crew Camp

This is a beachfront campground on the sand with around three campsites available and easy beach access. The track down to the campground is over the sand dunes, so you need a 4WD and experienced driver. There are no amenities on site, only waves crashing on the shore and some driftwood for the fireplace. Very close to Lake Macleod and Carnarvon.

Showers/Toilets: None
Access: 4WD; Off-road Caravans
Phone Service: Yes
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Generators Allowed; Open Fire Pits; 4WD Tracks; Swimming; Fishing; WiFi
Time Limit: None

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lyndon River Rest Area (West)

Spacious campground with a few shady spots on your way to Coral Bay. The perfect overnight stay with basic amenities and plenty of sites. Magnificent sunset views, BYO firewood, and enjoy a cozy evening. Quite a popular spot, so arrive earlier to reserve a place for the night.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs
Phone Service: Telstra
Booking Required: No
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Generators Allowed; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Dump Spot
Time Limit: 24 Hours

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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