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Free Camping Exmouth

Exmouth is the ideal base for exploring the magnificent landscapes of Cape Range National Park or the Ningaloo Marine Park’s underwater wonders. It’s all about the Ranges and the Reef – a National Park which borders a Marine Park.  

Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia and it’s only a short drive away from Exmouth. This makes it a must-see spot for snorkelers and divers. Divers will find more species of fish at this site than they ever have in their whole diving career. Visitors travel from all over the globe to swim here with the gentle giants of the sea, the whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales.

The ruggedly beautiful Cape Range National Park covers more than 50,000 hectares. It features stunning canyons and limestone ranges. There are also 50 kilometres unspoiled coastline. You can see wildlife such as wallaroos (red kangaroos), dingoes, and echidnas daily.

Is there any free camping around Exmouth?

Unfortunately, free camping in and around Exmouth is pretty much non existing. There is a free rest area 45 minutes from Exmouth where you can stay for 24 hours, but for longer stays, you are best off exploring the Cape Range National Park, where you can camp for only $11 per person per night (kids $3). We’ve listed all the best options below in this article!

Free Camping Exmouth

Termite Nests Rest Area

This is basically the only rest area or free camping spot within 1 hour from Exmouth. You are not allowed to stay for more than 24 hours, although many visitors break this rule. There is minimal noise from the road and there are bins provided. The place is dog friendly as well and there is Telstra reception. No amenities, but a great spot for a overnight rest on your way to Exmouth. 

Cost: Free
Distance: 45 minutes from Exmouth
Address: along the Minilya Exmouth Rd (68km from Exmouth)

Camping in the Cape Range National Park

Camping in the Cape Range National Park is not completely free, but the national park camping fees are very low. Below we will list some of our favourite and best rated campgrounds within the Cape Range National Park and within 1 hour drive from Exmouth.  The maximum stay at any of the National Park campgroundis is 14 nights.

TIP: Most of these campgrounds are fully booked far in advance. Make sure you book a spot!

Neds Campground and Picnic Area

Neds is a beautiful small campground with easy access to the water to launch small boats and kayaks from the beach. Only 4WD vehicles are allowed on the beach. There are nine sand surface campsites that vary significantly due to the beach setting. There is also a pit toilet and there is a picnic table and benches for every camping spot. There are no other amenities. Campfires, generators and dogs are not allowed. This is the closest campground to Exmouth and it’s on the beach, although it’s not the best beach in the park, the location is the campground is very easy and accessible. 

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 35 minutes from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

Tulki Beach Campground

Tulki beach campground is another small beach campground. There are eleven reverse-in compacted gravel campsites, all unpowered. There is a no flush put toilet, and generators are allowed between 8am-9pm only. Tulki Beach is one of the best spots on the Ningaloo coast if you are looking for a little peace and quiet. Located mid way between to the best snorkeling beaches (Lakeside, Turquoise Bay and also not far from Oyster Stacks). And of course only 45 minutes from Exmouth. It’s also surprisingly to get the Telstra mobile network connection here (when the wind is blowing in the right direction).

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 45 minutes from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

North Mandu Campground

A small campground nestled behind sand dunes with partial protection from strong winds. There are five compacted gravel sites of varying sizes, all unpowered. The beach is great for snorkling, but a bit hard to access the water because it’s pebbles. But it’s only a few minutes drive to Turquoise Bay which is stunning and nice to snorkel as well. There is a no-flush put toilet, and campfires, dogs and generators are not allowed. 

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 50 minutes from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

Kurrajong Campground

Kurrajong is nestled between sand dunes and has 35 gravel sites at only a 150m walk from the beach. The beach is great for snorkeling and spotting local wildlife. There are some local kangaroos around and some shaded spots and benches. This campground is highly rated by its visitors. There are no-flush pit toilets  and campfires, dogs and generators are not permitted. It’s a beautiful spot and a beautiful beach but a bit busier than the campgrounds mentioned above. 

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 55 minutes from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

Bungarra Campground

Small and secluded near-coastal campground with only five sites. Compared to the other campgrounds in the National Park, this campground is further from the ocean, but also more secluded. It’s a 600m walk from a special purpose zone of Ningaloo Marine Park where fishing from shore is permitted.There are five gravel sites, all unpowered. Again, campfires, dogs and generators are not allowed, and there is a no-flush pit toilet.

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 1 hour from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

Osprey Bay Campground

Osprey Bay Campground is one of the bigger and more popular campgrounds in the National Park. There is easy access for launching small boats and kayaks from the beach, only if you have a 4WD. There are 46 compacted gravel campsites in two different areas. Generators are permitted from 8am-9pm, but only in the northern area of the campground. 

There are no-flush pit toilets and both sheltered and some unsheltered picnic tables and benches to enjoy a drink or two. The beach here is absolutely stunning and great for snorkling, swimming, sun bathing, etc. Friendly people and great vibes. Definitely a nice place to stop over and stay for a few days. Lots of colourful fish and turtles and the coral is very closeby. 

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 1 hour from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

Yardie Creek Campground

Yardie Creek Campground is a spectacular location close by the famous Yardie Creek Gorge. It’s on the southern end of the Cape Range National Park. It’s a nice and secluded spot to camp, although it can get quite busy so make sure to book in advance. There’s no light pollution at night so you can see a lot of the Milky Way. It’s beautiful! The site is right next to the beach and short walk to Yardie Creek, the Yardie Creek gorge and the rock wallabies. It’s not the best spot for beach and snorkling, but it’s great for fishing. There are 10 sand campsites available, and there is a no-flush pit toilet. Generators may be used if needed, but between 8am and 9pm only.

Cost: $11 per person per night ($3 for kids)
Distance: 1 hour and 5 minutes from Exmouth
Directions: Find on map

For more free camping in Western Australia, check out our complete Western Australia Free Camping Guide.

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