The Ultimate Caravan and Camping Packing Checklist



The Ultimate Caravan and Camping Packing Checklist:

We packed our whole lives into a 24ft caravan and the process of downsizing from a generously sized three-bedroom house was an overwhelming task. It required a lot of organisation as it wasn’t a straightforward move, not like taking things from A to B. Things were going from A to B, B to C, C to D and D to B. We had items to sell, piles to take to the Op Shop, boxes for the storage shed, items to pack into the caravan and of course the things we would need in the meantime.

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To make lives a little simpler, here is our list of items we packed into our caravan… 

KIDS ITEMS (For each child)
* Socks and Jocks                            
* 3 x Pants                                          

* 3 x Hoodies/Jackets                         
* 4 x Long Sleeves                              
* 6 x Shorts                                         
* 12 x T-shirts                                    
* 2 x Short PJ’s                                  
* 1 x Long PJ’s
* 1 x Pair of Thongs
* 1 x Pair of Runners
* 1 x Pair of Gumboots
* Hat
* Books and Craft Activities
* Toys (don’t forget outdoor toys such as frisbee, footballs etc.)
* DVD players for long car trips

It may seem like we have overpacked in clothing, however, we often don’t have the power to use the washing machine on a daily basis and we have got to the stage where we were on our last day’s worth of clothes. Kids are always outside playing in the dirt so our biggest TIP is to pack dark clothing – they can re-wear it, fewer items to keep in the soaker bucket and a lot less hassle!


OUR ITEMS                                    

* T-Shirts
* 2 x Jumpers
* Underwear and Socks
* 3 x Pants including jeans                                            
* Shorts
* Active gear
* Hat
* 1 x Pair of Thongs
* 1 x Pair of  Runners
* 1 x Pair of shoes for ‘going out’

* 4 x Drinking cups                               * Utensils: Wooden spoon, Peeler, Whisk etc.

* 2 x Coffee mugs                                * 2 x Baking Trays
* 6 x Plates                                          * 1 x Muffin tray
* Slice tin                                             * 1 x Cake tin
* Cooling rack                                     * 2 x Fry pans
* 6 x Bowls                                          * 2 x Pots and Steamer attachment
* Cutlery                                              * Colander
* Knife set                                           * 3 x Mixing bowls
* 2 x Chopping boards                        * 1 x Baking Dish (for lasagne, scalloped potatoes etc.)
* Slow cooker                                      * Gas Kettle
* Measuring jug                                   * Toaster
* Sandwich press                                * Handheld mix master
* Magic bullet                                      * Varying sized containers for leftovers etc.
* Thermos                                           * Lunch box (mainly for day trips)
* Freezer blocks                                  * Cereal containers (makes travelling a lot easier)  
* A drink bottle each                         



For this, we each have a carry bag (something you would find in Big W/Kmart for about $5) that contains our bathroom essentials – soaps, shampoo, conditioner, hair brush etc. By keeping it stored in the bag, it means we travel without spillages and it’s handy for when we stop at Caravan Parks – grab your bag and head to the showers.


* Laundry powder
* Pegs
* Washing basket
* Soaker bucket (which also doubles as many other things!)
* Cleaning products
* Clothes airer (something we didn’t initially pack but has come in handy!)
* Dustpan and Shovel
* Handheld Makita Vacuum

* 2 x Towels (each)                           

* 1 x Beach Towel (each)
* 2 x Hand Towels
* 4 x Tea Towels
* Extra blanket for each bed (which is vacuum stored)
* The only sheets, doonas and doona covers we have are the ones on our beds!!


* Backpack (for day trips and hiking)
* Picnic Rug
* Medicine Container
* Expandable filing folder (handy for important documents and to keep track of receipts without taking up too much space)
* Sunscreen
* Mozzie Repellent
* Spare batteries
* 12V Oz Trail Fan


* Camping chair each
* Camping table
* Lifetime Kids camping table (MUST BUY if travelling with kids – we love it!)
* Drinking Hose
* Good quality water filter
* Power Leads
* Box with Annex walls stored under our bed
* Annex Mat
* Citronella candles/Mozzie coils
* Scooters, bikes and helmets for the kids
* Generator
* Toolbag
* Makita Drill
* Fishing rods
* Tennis racquets/balls (for when you pull into an awesome park with a tennis court!)
* Broom
* Shovel
* Portable Butane Gas Cooker
* Toilet Cassette Chemicals
* Jerry Can
* Water drums

It’s amazing how many things you think you will need when embarking on a trip for an indefinite period of time. It doesn’t take long for you to realise how little is actually used on a daily basis. Nine months into the trip, we are still throwing things out and rearranging.

We hope this helps someone out there in the planning and packing stage of their trip! 

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Coffin Bay National Park

Coffin Bay National Park

An unexpected extended stay in the Port Lincoln area lead us to explore the National Park in Coffin Bay. For a National Park we never intended to look through. We ended up staying 4 nights and loved it! Cost $12/night to camp (plus National Park fees)

Fun filled days of driving around the coast line and through the rugged bush tracks. Playing on the sand dunes. Fishing and actually catching fish!!! Friendly roos coming to our door, emus and their babies wondering around the campgrounds. Great walking tracks and the highlight being were pretty much the only ones here except for another travelling family with kids the same age 😍.

Kids had the best of times playing together. I must admit we rather enjoyed our time spent with these guys too. Extra bonus as It’s always great having others to go 4WD exploring with.. just incase 👌

I would absolutely love to come back to this place when it’s warmer. The perfectly blue ocean water with stunning white sandy beaches was so worth the hour and half 4×4 drive! It almost made me want to dip my toes in… almost. The freezing icy winds made me think twice pretty quickly! Instead we lit a fire and watched the boys catch some fish. #onedayweshould come back! Would be amazing in summer 😍

Top Things to do in Port Douglas

Do you only have time for a quick weekend away in PORT DOUGLAS and want to know what NOT to miss while here? Have a read of what we got up to while we were in the area….

Day One:

Check-in to the Big 4 Glengarry Holiday Park, situated approximately 7km from the town centre and a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy a family friendly atmosphere. A five slide water park, a jumping pillow and playground to keep the kids entertained and a heated salt water pool for the adults to enjoy while cooking up a feast in the BBQ area.

Once we were all set up at our accommodation, we drove into the town centre to check out what Port Douglas had to offer. There are plenty of café’s and pubs to grab a bite to eat, take a walk along Four Mile Beach and stop in at the Surf Life Saving Club along the Esplanade for a refreshment as the kids burn off some energy in their playground.

Drive or walk up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout where you can view Four Mile Beach in all it’s beautiful glory and don’t forget to stop by the Marina on your way home.

Day Two:

Today is all about discovering The Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world at approximately 150 million years old. Within a 30-minute drive from your Big 4 accommodation, you will find the Daintree River Ferry. No bookings required and $26 return per vehicle (4WD not necessary), it only takes a few minutes to get across to the rainforest.

Once across, we drove to the Discovery Centre to experience the Aerial Walkway and 23m high Canopy Tower which is a fantastic way to view the beauty of the rainforest. For $35 per adult and $16 per child (5-17 years), your admission also includes a self-guided audio tour which is very kid friendly and provides an informative way to explore the environment at your own pace. Highly recommended!


By this stage, it was time for lunch so we drove on to Cape Tribulation, where rainforest meets the reef. On the way back from Cape Tribulation, visit the ice creamery for an afternoon treat and stop by Mount Alexandra Lookout for a stunning view of the Daintree River Mouth. If you have some more time to spend here, you may also consider jumping aboard a Croc cruise which takes you along the Daintree River. 


The Daintree Rainforest has everything to offer for the wilderness lover; plenty of hiking tracks, golden beaches, camping sites, swimming holes, jungle surfing and lots of wildlife to spot along the way – a croc, a python or maybe even a Cassowary roaming around.

Day Three:

Today was check-out day but that didn’t stop up from visiting Mossman Gorge so we hooked up and drove an easy 20-minutes to the Gorge Centre. You will find that there is a large section dedicated for RV Parking.

From the Gorge Centre, you can catch the shuttle bus return for $9.50 per adult or $4.50 per child (5-15 years), which takes you right into the heart of the Gorge.

This magical rainforest is something not to be missed. The boardwalk leads to a beautiful gorge with crystal clear water, a swinging suspension bridge and a 2.8km circuit where you can revel in untouched beauty.

                                    Port Douglas truly is a magnificent destination that delivers reef and rainforest.                            

        Eat, Explore and Enjoy!

IS THIS THE BEST LOW COST CAMPGROUND in South Australia?? We think so!!

IS THIS THE BEST LOW-COST CAMPGROUND in South Australia?? We think so!!

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Picture driving down the road and seeing stunning farm land and white sand dunes in the distance… A sheep or 2 a k-kangaroo. (Yep I went there). This very Aussie ‘Mikkira Station’ had nearly everything. Wild emus, tonnes of Kangaroos and a Koala 🐨 up nearly every tree in the campsite. After just a short walk you’ll find beautiful historic sites and buildings you can even enter. There’s a real toilet and a hot shower for those who need.

This place was well and truly worth the $25/night price tag. A fantastic place for a true blue Aussie outback experience and only 25mins from Port Lincoln!

*Please note- We definitely don’t recommend approaching the koalas. We were lucky enough to stumble across one tame enough for us to touch but these are wild animals.


16 Travel Apps for your Big Lap around Australia


Before you take off on an epic tour around Australia, be sure to download the Best Travel Apps on the market. There is already so much you need to consider before you set off on your Big Lap. Here is a list of apps to help make your journey safer, smoother, and more fun! Written by: Mountain Sun Sea

Campsite Apps

You may have a hard copy of the Australian campsites from Camps Australia Wide 8 (Camps Australia Wide 9 is due in February 2017) – be sure to download both the Camps Australia Wide and Wikicamps apps.

  1. Camps Australia Wide is $7.99 to download but it contains indispensable information about campsites in addition to photographs of listings from both the Camps Australia Wide guide as well as the Caravan Parks Australia Wide guide.


Camps Australia Wide – Android

Camps Australia Wide – iTunes

  1. Wikicamps basic version is free, but the full version can be downloaded for a small one-time fee of $7.99 that will grant you access to the app for a lifetime. Wikicamps is a user generated database which is kept up-to-date with the latest information. It works completely offline so you don’t have to worry about signal or a wifi connection.

You just simply download all the content you need to your device before you go! You will find information about free and paid campsites and whether they are accessible for caravans or camper trailers. It shows you where there are caravan parks, road side rest areas, public dump points and much more! Wikicamps uses your location to show you nearby points of interest so you won’t miss anything cool on your journey.


Wikicamps Australia – iTunes

Wikicamps Australia – Android


Tracking Apps

  1. TrackMyTour is great for keeping family members up-to-date on your location. This app uses GPS tracking to make it easy for you to highlight places on your trip and send photos or other fun updates to loved ones at home. It’s a great app for travel in terms of keeping in touch with friends and family. The TrackMyTour app and website are free to use, but you are restricted to the number of maps. If you wish to create more maps you can then purchase an upgrade from within the app. TrackMyTour is only compatible on iTunes.

trackmytour                    trackmytrip

TrackMyTour – iTunes

The android version is called TrackMyTrip

  1. HemaExplorer – 4WD Maps costs $29.99. This app also uses GPS tracking and it literally follows the exact roads you drive. You do need to purchase maps as they only provide the most basic maps. You can upgrade to HEMA Offline for $99.99 if you are looking at navigating over extremely remote areas, with a real-time offline GPS tracking system and claims to have Australia’s best topographic mapping.


Hema Explorer – Australia – iTunes

Hema Explorer – Australia – Android

WikiCamps also allows you plan your trip and if you need to – move each place as you travel. You can also view your route to help you find and plan other stops along the way. (See link above).

Budgeting Apps

  1. Track-Every-Coin is an app designed for tracking expenses in daily life as well as while traveling. It’s free for download just like you’d expect from a good expense tracker and is a very popular app for travellers.


Trail Wallet is a travel budget app designed for iPhones or iPads. It’s free for the first 25 items you track, but then you have to pay to use it.

You could also use Expedition Australia Budget Tracking spreadsheet, hardcopy, or just a book to keep track of your travel expenses.

Fuel App

  1. Fuel Map is a user generated database where the information is added and edited by users showing petrol stations and fuel prices. This app keeps the travellers around Australians in-the-know about the cost of petrol throughout the country.


Fuel Map – iTunes

Fuel Map – Android

Weather Apps

 To keep track of inclement weather conditions en-route to your destination!

  1. Bureau of Meteorology
  1. Weatherzone


Reminder Apps

Use these reminder apps to remember all the important dates and times like when to re-register your car and caravan. It’s easy to lose track of important dates when on the road day-after-day!

  1. Due – iTunes for your iPhone or iPad and E-Reminder for Android

First Aid App

  1. The Red Cross First Aid app is free and it offers access to life-saving information in an emergency.

The Red Cross First Aid app is great to have in addition to your first aid kit.


Education Apps

  1. Australian Wildflowers is an essential field guide with more than 70 of the most common species of wildflowers found in our beautiful country! This app will assist you in quickly identifying flowering plants and is a highly valuable reference tool in all locations. This app is well structured and easy to navigate. Perfect for field guides that use picture recognition where every flower in Australian Wildflowers is described in detail showing information about its structure, location, common name, scientific name, botanical family and flowering time. You get all this information with no internet connection – and all images and information is available in real time. Australian Wildflowers is currently only available on iTunes.


Australian Wildflowers – iTunes

  1. Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds app has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds available in the market today It is complimented by the eGuide featuring an extensive and detailed descriptions of almost all bird species including songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour.

The app allows you to save your sightings to a list to include the date and location with room for notes. There is a free ‘lite’ version of the app, but it only lists a handful of the 790 species that the full version has.

Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds – iTunes Cost is $29.99

Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds – Android Cost is $28.60

  1. Snakes of Australia is a great app to compliment the First Aid app. Snakes of Australia is a comprehensive electronic field guide of 167 species of Australian snakes. Detailing species profiles including photos, distribution maps, description of key characters, danger rating, similar species, conservation, etymology, pronunciation and more. The great part about this app is the introductory chapters on key aspects of identifying snakes, snake venoms and first aid, and snake biology. No network connection is needed when using this app.

The scale count feature is very handy as is the “filter by location” function cross-checks your location (via iPhone GPS) and shows you only snakes that are likely to occur within your area. This app is currently only available on iTunes


Snakes of Australia – iTunes Cost is $9.99

  1. Australia is home to many of the world’s most venomous snakes, spiders and marine animals. The free Australian Bites and Stings is an app providing education to our Australian community and will be of use to anyone planning to be out in Australia’s great outdoors – whether it be on the beach, camping, bushwalking or just playing out in a back yard!

A recent study found that despite the vast array of venomous creatures in Australia, the majority of people don’t know what to do if they’re unfortunate enough to be bitten or stung by one. This app is a must have if you are travelling with young children and is also a great compliment to the First Aid app.


Australian Bites and Stings

Exploring Apps

  1. GoSkyWatch is a trademark of Apple and as such are only available on iTunes. This app is essential for those nights where you are sitting around the campfire and looking up at the stars! You just point your phone to the sky and start exploring! No buttons to press or selecting modes. GoSkyWatch has a unique rotation scheme with touchless navigation, a red light mode for night vision and magnitude adjustment for great viewing conditions. Planets will show with relative brightness for easy identification, a heads-up information display and a full 180 degree display to see at a glance what is in the sky and where. If you are looking for a particular planet or star – just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way.


Sky Map is the Android alternative with fewer features.

  1. Spyglass is like an advanced compass/GPS Navigation App for iPhone and iPad. Spyglass can be used in the car, on a bike, in a boat, on an aircraft, or walking compass. Spyglass is essential for every traveller! Packed with so many useful tools such as a hi-tech viewfinder (HUD), compass, maps, tactical GPS, waypoint tracker, speedometer, and more! Save, track and share your position, multiple waypoints, and bearings, all in real time.


Spyglass – iTunes

Spyglass – Android

Added extra…

The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private toilet facilities across Australia. This is a great App for families travelling with young children (especially when getting out the spade is not an option)

Using the Trip Planner function, you can plan your journey and locate toilets you can use along the way. The information provides location, opening hours, availability of baby change rooms, and accessibility for people with disabilities and the details of other nearby toilets.


National Public Toilet Map – iTunes

National Public Toilet Map – Android

One last thing before you go – help us by sharing to let others know who may benefit from this information!

We are about to hit the road ourselves in less than 4 weeks time – so if you can recommend any other awesome apps for travelling around Australia – add them in the comments.

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Happy travels everyone!


Written by: Mountain Sun Sea

Free Camp the Queensland Coast

Your Guide to Free Camping the Queensland Coast

Do you want to check out all that Queensland has to offer but you’re on a limited budget?

Avoid caravan parks that will cost you a fortune and save your dollars to allow for more activities. We have compiled a list of the best free camps along the Queensland Coast.


Hugh Muntz Park – Beenleigh

Situated halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Beenleigh is the perfect location to set up camp. A quick 20-minute drive along the highway and you are on the doorstep of the Theme Parks. Drive a further 20km’s down the road and you are in the heart of the Gold Coast.

Now that you’ve had a big couple of days visiting the Theme Parks, catch the train from Beenleigh Station into the beautiful city of Brisbane. Spend a relaxing day at Southbank and when you retreat back to camp later that evening, visit Yatala Pies to get dinner sorted.

Wyllie Park – Petrie
Not heading far down the road today, an hour drive to the next free camp located in Petrie. This free camp has plenty of grass and a small playground for the kids. From here, you can head into Redcliffe to have a splash in the lagoon or day trip to the Australia Zoo for some family fun.


Alan and June Brown Car Park – Maryborough
Conveniently located on the main street and within walking distance to the shopping centres, so park up on the bitumen and enjoy all the surrounding grass. Maryborough is an ideal base to explore Hervey Bay with it only being a 20 minute drive.


Sharon’s Gorge Nature Park – Sharon

The kids have had their fun at the Theme Parks, now it’s time for the adults to enjoy themselves at the Bundaberg Rum Factory. An easy 15 minute drive out of Bundaberg, you will find Sharon’s Gorge – a comfortable rest area to pull up for the night – arrive early as it gets busy!  


Calliope River – Gladstone
A great, quiet campground overlooking the river with clean amenities and large areas to park. Check out the sights of Gladstone or enjoy some down time with a spot of fishing.


Kershaw Gardens – Rockhampton

Pull into the Kershaw Gardens, a large gravel car park with beautiful surrounding gardens and directly across from a large shopping centre to stock up on supplies. From here you can head to the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens for a picnic followed by a visit to the free zoo where you will find all the animals to keep the kids entertained – monkey’s, snakes, crocodiles and plenty more. 


Home Hill Comfort Stop – Home Hill

A great small town that welcomes free campers by providing them with fantastic free facilities. You will feel right at home with clean toilets, hot showers, a kitchen and a Laundromat across the road. A range of activities are organised by the Bowl’s Club including budget friendly meal deals, karaoke nights etc. An ideal overnight rest area!


Babinda RV Rest Area – Babinda

Now we are saving the best til last, be sure to spend a couple of nights at Babinda Rest Area where you will be delighted by clean facilities, large grassed areas, drinking water and a playground for the kids. Day trip to Paronella Park, enjoy a $7 breakfast at the ‘Kool Spot Café’, visit the Babinda boulders or take a 50km drive to check out all the attractions on offer in Cairns.

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Our experience at the 12 Apostles- Great Ocean Road Victoria and what we DIDN’T expect to find there

Driving along the Great Ocean Road and seeing the apostles has always been on our ‘must see list’. So glad we did, the views are breathtakingly beautiful. The colours in the sandy walls, the sound of the harsh and wild waves crashing against them is just something everyone needs to experience in person. Something I never expected to find there was the atmosphere… and not in a good way. It was like being in the middle of the Melbourne CBD. It was crazy busy with hundreds of people, tour bus after tour bus, and multiple helicopters flying overhead constantly. It just felt so commercial. I had this vision in my head of a remote place where there’s nothing but us and maybe a few others and that epic view. Instead, we were walking among hundreds of tourists who were bumping into you because they were too busy walking along staring into their phones (held out on selfie sticks) having no idea of their surroundings. We left feeling overwhelmed and decided to head back at sundown when there were less people and we could fully absorb the beauty of the place. We didn’t have to fight for a spot on the viewing platform, we weren’t bumped into and at times we really were the only ones there. Sunset was just beautiful I definitely recommend holding off till later in the day to capture the true beauty of this place 👌.


The Jeep Attachment, Made For The Campers

When it comes to off-road performance, you can’t go past the Jeep® Wrangler®. But you would never believe me if I told you that you could sleep in the tight metal shell.. Until now… For $36,000 USD.

The Action Camper© has been developed for overlanding and expeditions with two passengers. The interior is incredibly spacious and fitted with all of the amenities to have a comfortable and unforgettable expedition experience to remote areas. The pop-up roof offers in the kitchen area a clearance of 203cm (6’8″). All Dometic S4 windows come with bug screens and blinds. The honeycomb insulated roof allows to install four 100W solar panels (400W total). The roof tent has three vinyl windows; the side windows open and offer bug screens; all three come with detachable privacy covers. The mattresses, seats, backrests, pillows and part of the walls are covered with stylish coloured, cleanable Alcantara.


Some great camping spots for 4×4 owners in WA

There’s nothing better than throwing the camping gear in your car and getting away from the city for a couple of days. There are so many amazing places to camp at, and you don’t have to travel for hours on end to get to them. Here are 7 fantastic camp sites near Perth, where you can literally pack on a Friday afternoon, head away and still get a great weekend in.

1. Walyunga

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Walyunga National Park is probably the closest place to Perth where you are allowed to camp in the bush. Located just one hour northeast of Perth, it’s a fantastic spot to check out. I’ve often described this place as a cross between Dwellingup and Serpentine. It has the beautiful Avon river flowing through the National park, a myriad of walking trails, BBQ and picnic facilities and most importantly, a place for you to camp!

You need to book the campsites, which you can do by ringing 9290 6100 and speaking to a ranger. The camp sites are located a few minutes drive away from the main picnic and riverside area, but are in a nice cleared section of bush.

As it is a National Park, day passes apply (unless you have an annual pass). It’s $12 per vehicle. You can find out more about these here. The Camp fees are the usual $7.50 per night.

The wildflowers are spectacular here in season, and with plenty of tracks to walk on you’ll see heaps of them. If you want to know more about the national park, you can read the full post here: Walyunga National Park.


Easy access, with fire rings available.


Walking along the Avon River.


Enjoy a picnic overlooking the river.


BBQ Facilities available.


Lots of wildflowers around in season.

2. Lane Poole Reserve

An hour and a half south of Perth lies Lane Poole Reserve, just out of Dwellingup. We’ve been going to Lane Poole Reserve every year for a long time now, and always love it. There are 10 different camp sites which vary from huge open areas to more private sites that only house two sets of campers.

The beautiful Murray River runs right through the reserve and is fantastic for swimming, canoeing, white water rafting and fishing.

Fires are permitted when the fire danger is low, and it is a brilliant spot to enjoy a good fire on a cold evening. It does get very cold in the middle of winter, so take your warm gear!

There are plenty of 4WD and mountain bike tracks in the area too.

Again, National Park and camping fee apply. The entry fee is $12 per vehicle unless you have a National Park pass. Camping fee’s range from $7.50 per night to $10, depending on where you stay.

You can read the full post here; Dwellingup. If you want to book a camp site, you can do so here.


Fishing in a beautiful part of the Murray River.


Watching the fog come in on a cold winters morning.


One of the huge open campsites on a busy weekend.


Enjoying the little rock slides.


What a magic place.


A good campfire on a freezing night.


Plenty of 4WD tracks around the place.

3. Waroona Dam

Lake Navarino, or Waroona Dam, has long been a popular place to camp. You can stay at the Holiday park, or take the bush camping option (which we do every time!) and stay nearer the dam itself. Both are booked through Lake Navarino Holiday Park.

Waroona Dam is pretty big, and is well known for skiing and fresh water fishing. There’s also fantastic 4WD tracks around the Dam and plenty of places to relax and soak up the scenery.

Fires are permitted in season, and the camping fees range from $12 to $17 per person per night, depending on where you camp, if its peak season and if you need power or not.


Camping within 50 metres of the Dam.


Plenty of room for water skiing and tubing.


When the wind dies off its a magic place.


Exploring some of the 4WD tracks around the Dam.


Sunset over the orange gravel is spectacular.

4. Belvidere

If coastal camping is more your thing, Belvidere is a great little spot we found a few years back. The actual campsite is a few minutes drive back from the beach, tucked in between Leschenault Inlet and Belvidere Beach. At only an hour and 40 minutes away from Perth, it’s easily doable on a Friday afternoon.

The beach here is soft, and you will need a 4WD to drive along it. It’s substantially quieter than Preston and Myalup Beach, but the fishing is just as good.

It’s a DPAW camp site, and the fees are $7.50 per person per night. There is also provision for camper trailer and caravan’s here, and the firewood is usually provided.

If you want to read the full post, you can find it here; Camping at Belvidere.


Set up with the Oztents at Belvidere.


Your typical camp site at Belvidere.


Belvidere Beach; fishing for salmon.


Lots of opportunity for good fish.


We landed several nice salmon.

5. Honeymoon Pool

If you’ve ever seen the Collie River, you’d know it’s a beautiful spot to stop and soak up the scenery. Honeymoon Pool is a DPAW campsite located right on the bank of the river and is 2WD and 4WD accessible. It’s just 2 hours south of Perth and is a stunning part of the world.

The Lennard 4WD track is well worth the drive, but be aware that it does get closed once the rain hits, to avoid substantial damage to the track.


Collie River just off the Lennard 4WD Track


Amazing walks along the Collie River

Honeymoon Pool camping

You can swim, but it gets cold!

6. Martins Tank

An hour and a half south of Perth, 10 minutes drive from the coast lies Martins Tank. It’s another DPAW camp site, set amongst the peppermint trees.

This was done up in 2013 and caters for tents, caravans and camper trailers. Campfires are permitted in season, and fees are $10 per person per night.

This campsite must be booked online in advance, which you can do here.


Enjoying our own little slice of the beach.


Martins Tank Campsites.


Enough shade and the usual facilities.

7. Wellington Dam

The last, but certainly not least camp site near Perth is Wellington Dam. At just over 2 hours south of Perth its a great drive to an even better location. Potters Gorge is the formal DPAW campsite, which has recently been refurbished and caters for a number of campers. This site, however, gets extremely busy very quickly.

If you have a 4WD, there are plenty of other campsites around the dam if you are prepared to do a bit of driving. Even on a popular long weekend, we had no issues finding a handful of good campsites along the banks of Wellington Dam and ended up camping in a beautiful location.


Could you ask for a better spot?


We’ve had plenty of fun enjoying the 4WD tracks.


Sunset over the dam; what a way to end the day.


Huge tree’s rustling in the breeze.

Look after these places

It is a huge privilege being able to access these amazing camp sites. Don’t wreck them for everyone else; take your rubbish home, go to the toilets responsibly, have a fire with some common sense (when allowed) and don’t be a muppet.

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