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Top 8 Free Camping Spots in Perth

Perth is the largest city and the capital of Western Australia. It is located along the Swan River estuary. One of the sunniest cities in Australia, Perth remains a preferred destination for both domestic and international tourists. The fourth largest city in Australia receives over eight hours of sunshine daily, which means that Perth is relatively warmer even in the colder winter months.

Perth offers you the unique combination of a remote yet modern destination. It is among the most isolated major cities in the world. Adelaide, the nearest city, is over 2,100km away, while Sydney is 3,300km away. Due to its unique geographic location, Perth is closer to Jakarta and East Timor than Sydney.

Despite its far-flung location, Perth has many attractions, including modern museums, scenic national parks, sandy beaches, Perth Zoo, Fremantle market and Perth Bell Tower, exquisite bars, street art, vineyards, local wineries, restaurants, and wildlife. Perth is a blend of raw natural beauty and urban complexity. The Swan River connects the hinterland hills, suburbs, and the ocean giving Perth recreational and cultural significance.

If you are searching for your next destination, the Perth metropolis on the Indian Ocean shoreline is an ideal destination. It doesn’t get any better than combining a warm sunny climate, stunning landscape, and a vibrant cultural and social scene.

Is there any free camping in Perth?

Although there are a handful of free camping spots around Perth, they are not the most conveniently located campgrounds. If you can contend with the hassle of driving a few kilometres outside the city, then you can enjoy some incredible camping spots.

We’ve done all the work and carefully compiled a list of the best free camping spots around Perth. We have also prepared a guide to some budget-friendly alternative camping sites in and around the Perth area. Whether you are visiting Perth for a day, a weekend, or an extended holiday break, these campsites will give you the ideal base to explore Perth.  

Free Camping in Perth

Two Rocks Rest Stop

Two Rocks Rest Stop

The Two Rocks Rest Area is located on Breakwater Drive in Two Rocks. It is a roadside rest stop just east of Two Rocks town and near the Two Rocks Viewing Platform. The Two Rocks Rest Area is a dog-friendly site ideal for an overnighter. It has bituminized roads and can hold up to big rigs, camp trailers, caravans, campervans, and RVs. Tent camping is not allowed here. Two Rocks Rest Stop is located near a road, which could be a problem for light sleepers due to traffic noise. While here, you can go trail walking, bird watching, or relax under the shades and take in the beautiful scenery.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 57 Km North West

Moore River Bridge Rest Stop

Moore River Bridge Rest Stop

The Moore River Bridge Rest Stop is a roadside rest area near the Moore River National Park. It is located on the Indian Ocean Drive in Caravan, 33 kilometres North of Yanchep National Park. The rest stop is accessible to vehicles travelling in both directions via a dirt turnoff and can accommodate up to 10 vehicles. 

Although not a large rest area, Moore River Bridge Rest Stop facilities include toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, garbage bins, BBQs, and a dump point. This rest area is dog friendly, and the facilities are wheelchair friendly. The maximum you can stay here is up to 24 hours, and generators are allowed. While here, you can walk the trail down to the Moore River, watch birds, or enjoy the surrounding landscape. All vehicles can access the Moore River Bridge Rest Stop, including motorcycles, campervans, RVs, camper trailers, and caravans.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 78 Km North West

High Voltage Stop

High Voltage Stop

The High Voltage Stop is a dog-friendly free campground on Brand Highway in Beermullah. The rest area is accessible to motorbikes, campervans, RVs, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. It provides shaded areas, picnic tables, and garbage bins. The stop is not accessible when heading north as it is located to your right, and there are no right-turn road signs in the area.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 85 Km North

Beermullah Rest Area

Beermullah Rest Area

Beermullah Rest Area is a free rest stop located at 5297 Brand Highway in Beermullah. You can stay here for up to 48 hours. The rest stop has good phone reception, garbage bins, and picnic tables under big shades. It is close to the highway and ideal for big rigs. 

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 87 Km North

Jarrahdale Short Stay

Jarrahdale Short Stay

Jarrahdale Short Stay is located on Millers Road in Jarrahdale. It is a free campground where you can stay for up to 72 hours. Jarrahdale Short Stay does not permit dogs or camping in tents; you must be fully self-contained to be allowed in. It offers drinking water, rubbish bins, and a dump point. RVs, campervans, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs can access the campground. The driveway into the camp is a bit rough and may not be suitable for vehicles with low clearance. When accessing the grounds, do not enter via Forest Way, as the road is closed.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 46 Km South East

Wundowie Campground

Wundowie Campground

Wundowie Campground is located on Banksia Avenue in Wundowie. Wundowie is a dog-friendly free camping spot. It offers drinking water, toilets, BBQs, a dump point, good mobile reception, rubbish bins, and a playground for kids.

Camping in ground tents is not allowed, and you must be fully self-contained to use this site. You can stay here for up to 48 hours. The site is accessible via campervans, RVs, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. Be sure to clean up after your dog.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 54 km East

Pinjarra RV Rest Area

Pinjarra RV Rest Area

Pinjarra RV Rest Area is located at 21 Pinjarra-Williams Road in Pinjarra. It is a free campground for up to 15 self-contained recreational vehicles. You can only stay here for up to 24 hours and only once every five consecutive nights. You are not allowed to operate vehicles, camp, or use RVs on other parts of the reserve. Ground tent camping, cooking fires, and erecting fixed annexes that require to be fixed to the ground, trees, or other fixed points are not permitted. Cloth lines external to the RV are not permitted at Pinjarra RV Rest Area. Annexes that are part of the RV and do not require fixing to the ground are allowed. 

Only RVs, campervans, camper trailers, and big rigs are allowed. RVs must have an operational integrated black water tank and a grey water tank. These tanks should be able to capture all the black and grey water without depositing it on the ground. Captured water must then be disposed of off the campground. This dog-friendly site provides rubbish bins and an onsite dump point. You can access the nearby town via the suspension bridge on Birmingham way. The town has a historical precinct; heritage rose gardens, a pub, a train station, bakeries, and Coles. There are free toilets on the corner of the grassy area.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 75 Km South

Blythwood Rest Area

Blythwood Rest Area

Blythwood Rest Area is a free campground located at 6233 South Western Highway in Blythewood. Blythwood is a dog-friendly site. It is accessible by motorbikes, campervans, RVs, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. You are allowed to camp in tents at the Blythwood Rest Area. Being close to the road, this site can be a bit noisy from the nearby traffic, but it should make a good spot for an overnight stop. Amenities include tree shade, picnic tables, garbage bins, and good mobile reception.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 81 Km South

Low-Cost Camping in Perth

Walyunga National Park Campground

Walyunga National Park Campground

The Walyunga National Park Campground is a paid camping area in the expansive Walyunga National Park. The campground is situated on Walyunga Road in Bullsbrook, about 2km from the Swan River. The campground provides five unpowered sites. Pets are not allowed into the camping area. The Walyunga National Park Campground allows freestanding ground tents, swags, awning tents, and generators. Generators are permitted between 8 am to 9 pm. Campfires are permitted depending on the season, provided they are lit within the fire rings only. The camp itself is usually open from April to November. Any vehicle, including 2WD vehicles, can access the unsealed access road to the camp. It permits motorcycles, RVs, campervans, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. You’ll be required to book in advance. The campground is an ideal spot where you can go for bush walks down towards the Swan River, bird watching, or canoeing & kayaking. It is near the national park and has a few scenic walking trails and swimming holes on the Swan River. Amenities include picnic tables, toilets, fires, strong cell reception, and water.

Cost: $11 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 31 Km North East

Henry White Oval (Yanchep National Park)

Henry White Oval

Henry White Oval is located in the Yanchep National Park. Sat in banksia and tuart woodlands, Henry White Oval is an ideal campground for group camping and families. The camp consists of 10 grass sites, nine hardstand sites, a group camping area, and an access roadway. Facilities include two ablution blocks (new and renovated), a dump point, picnic tables, a communal fire pit, toilets, showers, a communal kitchen, non-drinking water, garbage bins, and a barbecue shelter area. This ground is not pooch friendly, and no pets are permitted. The Henry White Oval is a wheelchair-friendly site, and it has good cell reception.

You must book in advance to use this campground. Once you’ve checked in, you can set up your camp from noon on any available site of the type you had booked. You are required to vacate the area by 10 am. Campfires are seasonally permitted, provided they are only in the communal fire pits. On tarmacked sites, you are allowed to use generators between 8 am-10 am and 4 pm-6 pm. The Henry White Oval is accessible by motorbikes, RVs, campervans, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. Here you can enjoy bushwalking and cycling trails, exploring caves, bird watching, or visiting the koalas. If you are lucky, you’ll see a few Kookaburras and Kangaroos.

Cost: $15 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 49 Km North West

Bolinda Vale Farm

Bolinda Vale Farm

The Bolinda Vale Farm is located in the foothills of the Darling Range along 3069 South Western Highway in Keysbrook. It is a family-operated farm producing beef cattle and sheep and has been operating since 1926. The two campsites sit on the top of the hills while the rest of the campground is on the banks of the Dirk Brook. You’ll have to drive on a farm track and across a creek crossing to get to the site. 

Although 2WD and low-clearance vehicles can access the campsites with slow, careful driving, we recommend 4WD or SUV vehicles. The camp allows camper trailers and caravans up to 17ft. Ground tent camping is allowed. Campfires are permitted while there are no local government fire restrictions in place. You must book in advance via Hipcamp and be self-sufficient; bring your own camping toilet and abide by the leave-no-trace policy. 

While dogs are allowed into the campground, they have to be kept on leads at all times as this is a working farm. Watching wildlife, you can expect to see red-tailed cockatoos, wedgetail eagles, and the local kangaroos. Other activities include hiking or enjoying the stunning views of the lush hill country.

Cost: $17 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 53 Km South

Lily Rest 2

Lily Rest 2

If you are looking for a campground conveniently located near Perth yet pocket-friendly, Lily Rest 2 is the ideal place. Lily Rest 2 is a campground set in the natural environment on Rowley Road in Forrestdale. Lily Rest 2 is 30 minutes from Perth City Centre, Fremantle, and the Airport. You can restock your groceries at the nearby Cockburn Centre. A backpackers’ campground, Lily Rest 2, cannot accommodate caravans or larger camper trailers. The site is dog friendly, and the bush toilets and pour-over bush showers.

Cost: $10 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 26 Km South

Gidgedales Retreat

Gidgedales Retreat

Gidgegannup Retreat is a low-cost private campground that provides accommodation for self-contained caravans and motorhomes. You are required to pre-book, and you can stay here for up to 72 hours. It is located next to a large dam full of fish. Facilities available are drinking water, power hookup, water, gas, a fireplace, BBQs, garbage bins, and a dump point. A dog-friendly site, you’ll enjoy strong mobile and TV reception. It is not suitable for tent camping, camper trailers, and backpackers. Enjoy bird watching or fishing in the nearby dam.

Cost: $10 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 38 Km East

100 Acres Woods

100 Acres Woods

100-Acre Woods is a hobby farm sitting on 100 acres of land in North Dandalup with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. You’ll find alpacas, sheep, and wildlife like kangaroos, echidnas, and emus here. It is set in woodlands made of jarrah and gum trees, giving you the ideal location for a quiet getaway. Trail walks through the forest against the backdrop of the crashing ocean waves will provide a fantastic therapy experience. 

There is no power, water, or toilets, so you’ll have to be self-contained. The camping sites allow for tent camping and are spaced across the property, giving you ample privacy. The terrain leading to the campground is quite hilly, and two spots, Sembawang & Changi, can only be accessed by 4WD vehicles. The other sites, Opera 1, 2, or 3 & Tampines, are accessible by standard cars. RVs, campervans, camper trailers, and caravans are welcome. Ensure your vehicles stay on the paths. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash at all times. Campfires are strictly prohibited during the summer fire season.

Cost: $14 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 68 Km South

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