Camping

Hamersley Inlet

Photo courtesy Tourism WA

There are a number of camping options within the Fitzgerald Biosphere Coast. As a road less travelled destination, that can be found tucked between Esperance and Albany on the southern coast of Western Australia, you have the choice of camping sites within the internationally recognised Fitzgerald River National Park or at coastal locations east of Hopetoun.

The most popular campgrounds within the National Park is 4-Mile Campground, which is located near Four Mile Beach and a short stroll to Barrens Beach. Also popular with visitors with a preference to be close to the beach or if travelling with a pet are the picturesque coastal locations of Mason Bay and Starvation Bay campgrounds, located approximately 40kms east of Hopetoun.

Whether you wish to stay in a more traditional caravan park or set up in a bush camp environment, the choice is yours. Hopetoun, Munglinup and Ravensthorpe are RV friendly towns, and provides FREE 48 hour camping for FULLY SELF-CONTAINED vehicles as prescribed by CMCA guidelines: Self Contained Vehicle PolicyBush Camping CodeLeave No Trace .

FREE 48 HOUR RV SITES

The Ravensthorpe RV friendly site is located opposite the BP Roadhouse on Morgan Street, the Hopetoun RV site can be found on the Southern Ocean Road and within walking distance to the town centre and Munglinup RV site is located across the road from Munglinup Roadhouse, Tubada Street. These areas are for fully self-contained vehicles that have been fitted with the proper containment of waste and waste water to avoid the impact on the environment and public health.

CMCA considers a self-contained recreational vehicle as a vehicle specifically built for the purpose that along with built in sink, on-board cooking and sleeping facilities, carries a supply of fresh water and can retain all grey and black waste water.

Non compliant camper trailers, tents or camping in your motor vehicle are strictly not permitted to camp in these areas and to avoid penalties, you should seek to stay at our low cost campgrounds (Starvation Bay, Mason Bay and Hamersley Inlet all $16 per night/per site and set in beautiful locations) or if you wish to free camp, see the information below about Kundip Campsite. 

HOPETOUN FACILITIES 

A dump point is located at Senna Road opposite Wavecrest Tourist Park and Village. Potable water for campers and caravans can be sourced at the Hopetoun Groyne near the Hopetoun Jetty.

RAVENSTHORPE FACILITIES **Please Important Notice **

A dump point is located in Dunn Street next door to the Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre. Potable water is available at the Information Bay as you enter the town from the west, on the corner of Morgans Street and Queen Street adjacent to the BP Roadhouse.

** From Friday, 3 September 2021, the site for the building works for the new Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct have been handed over to the Head Contractor, Devlyn Constructions. Access to the RV Dump Point on Dunn Street is still available but caravan parking in this area has been reduced. The Shire appreciates your assistance and patience whilst the development is in progress

MUNGLINUP FACILITIES 

Currently there is no dump point facility available in Munglinup although the Shire anticipates installing one in the near future. 

FREE camping - kundip

If your vehicle does not meet the CMCA policy guidelines for Self-Contained Vehicles or if you have a camper trailer or tent and looking to free camp, you are permitted to camp at Kundip (previously designated as a rest area) which is located approximately 17km south of Ravensthorpe or 30kms north of Hopetoun on the Ravensthorpe-Hopetoun Road.

This is a basic bush camp area with only single drop-toilet facility, so please bring our own water and take rubbish with you. Due to weathering, the ground at times can be uneven and care should be taken when driving and selecting your camp site and campground is not be suitable for very large vehicles. Please note due to the bush setting and safety risks, no campfires permitted in this area. Kundip is an ideal place to base yourself for a few days or a week especially during spring to explore the wildflowers of the region.

Look out for the brown Rest Area sign which marks the turn off into the Kundip campsite.

BEACHSIDE CAMP SITES MASON BAY & STARVATION BAY
(Shire OF RAVENSTHORPE)

Starvation Bay Campground

Starvation Bay Campground (Photo credit: Dene Bingham)

In recent years Mason Bay and Starvation Bay campgrounds both located on the coast in bush settings east of Hopetoun, have been upgraded to provide more camp sites, long drop toilet facilities and barbeque for camp goers and is an area targeted for ongoing improvements by the Shire of Ravensthorpe. The campgrounds have no power (generators permitted) and you will need to bring your own drinking water as no potable water available.

The family friendly campgrounds are very popular amongst visitors and locals alike, with VAC swim being held at Starvation Bay during January. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads.  There is also a dumpsite located at both campgrounds.  Camp fires are permitted within the fire rings located at each site except during periods when a total fire ban has been declared but you must bring your own wood. The campgrounds also have 4WD access to beach and boat launching facilities. Great place to base yourself if you enjoy fishing, swimming or snorkelling.

Sites are $16 per night per site cash only (please bring correct amount to be placed in the envelopes provided). Currently, no bookings required with sites available on a first in basis however it is anticipated that a new booking system will be ready and online in September 2022. Usually from mid-November through to April each year a Camp Host manages both sites.

Both campgrounds are accessible by 2WD via the scenic Southern Ocean Road with Mason Bay located 38kms and Starvation Bay 48kms east of Hopetoun. From Hopetoun, Southern Ocean Road is partially sealed (up to 12 Mile Beach) before changing to gravel road, so please take care and drive to conditions. There are a number of spurs and lookouts along the drive where you can enjoy views of the Southern Ocean. Please see our regional map for alternative routes (all unsealed roads) to the campgrounds.

Mason Bay Campground

Mason Bay Campground (Photo credit: Dene Bingham)

During periods of heavy rainfall, on occasion this may result in small localised flooding over roads and the Shire may temporarily close gravel roads to heavy vehicles. Any road closures for our region can be found on our Road Closure page.

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Mason Bay - Photographer, Dene Bingham 

Starvation Bay - Photographer, Dene Bingham

MUNGLINUP BEACH CAMPGROUND
(shire of esperance)

Munglinup Beach, Photographer Dene Bingham

Tucked away, almost half way between Ravensthorpe and Esperance is the beautiful coastline of Munglinup Beach with a protective reef that provides sheltered swimming and undulating granite rocks, perfect for soaking in the sun or watching the kids splash about in the pristine clear waters.

Generators permitted between 7am-10pm. Pet friendly but must be on lead. Camping Fees are $15 per night per site, no booking required as operated on a first in basis. There are no dump points at this location.

Further camp bays and powered sites can be found at Munglinup Beach Holiday Park (Campground Manager for the Shire of Esperance) just a few kilometres up the road. There are no dump points at this location.

FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK CAMPING

Hamersley Inlet Campground (Shire of Ravensthorpe)

Hamersley Inlet Photographer Gemma Owen

Hamersley Inlet, Photographer Gemma Owen

Great little campground accessible year round, with 14 sites available in a peaceful natural setting, located at the end of the sealed section of Hamersley Drive on the eastern side of the National Park. Enjoy close access to the inlet for all of your hiking, boating and fishing activities and a short 4WD to Hamersley Beach or Hamersley Sand Dunes.

The campground is managed by the Shire of Ravensthorpe and is only $16 per night per site and currently no need to book as it is on a first-in basis. This is a self-service, cash only campground (to be placed in envelopes and fee box provided and you will need to bring the correct amount as no change provided). However, it is anticipated that a new booking system will be ready and online in September 2022. At various times especially during peak holiday periods there may be a camp host on site as part of the Shire of Ravensthorpe's camp host program which run throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a camp host (conditions apply) contact the Shire of Ravensthorpe (08) 9839 0000.

There are long drop toilet facilities with a sheltered gas BBQ and you will need to bring your own drinking water. All sites are unpowered and generators are permitted until 8pm. No fires (including stoves, barbeques and other appliances powered by burning solid fuel such as charcoal) are permitted. Gas appliances can be used unless a total fire ban has been declared and they should never be left unattended when in use.

Dogs or pets are not permitted in the National Park and park entry fees apply in addition to campground fees. Depending on winter rainfall, the inlet can become dry in summer, leaving only a small amount of water in the inlet and turning a picturesque tinge of pink hue. When there's been sufficient rainfall, the inlet is a great place to take your kayak out and explore the waterway.  If you need to restock supplies or want to dine out, Hopetoun is just a short drive away.

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Hamersley Inlet - Image by Instagrammer @themazdawanderer

Four Mile Campground  

A very popular unpowered campground managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in an idyllic part of the Fitzgerald River National Park, located near the stunning Four Mile Beach and short stroll to Barrens Beach.

There are picnic tables, gas barbecue facilities and a hot water shower and you will need to bring your own drinking water. No fires, dogs or pets permitted within the National Park. Generated are permitted up to 8pm but please check with the park rangers in case conditions change.

Bookings are essential and can be made via Parks and Wildlife WA website

Fees* are: $15 adult per night, $9 concession card holder per night, $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years) which are in addition to park entry fees.

Four Mile Campground Amenities - Photographer, Dene Bingham

St Mary Inlet (near Point Ann) Campground - Fitzgerald River National Park West

Located within the far western boundary of the Shire of Ravensthorpe and accessible by 2WD near the town of Bremer Bay, the St Mary Inlet campground (suitable only for camper trailers and tents) is an ideal place to base yourself if you plan on visiting Point Ann, a natural whale nursery and one of the best whale watching locations within the Fitzgerald Biosphere Coast region. Point Ann has viewing platforms from which it's easy to spot southern right and humpback whales or just enjoy the panoramic views.

The campground is located near the mouth of the inlet, a scenic body of water nestled behind the fore-dunes near Point Ann and there is a track from the campground that provides direct access to the beach. This site is quite basic with drop toilets, gas barbeque and a few picnic tables and you will need to bring your own water. No fires or pets permitted within the National Park. 

Managed by Parks and Wildlife, the campground fees* are: $11 adult per night, $7 concession card holder per night, $3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years). Park Entry Passes are also required.

Recommended access is from Devils Creek Road near Bremer Bay, which is sealed up to the entrance of the park that leads you to the southern section of Pabelup Drive (unsealed). Caravans are not permitted on unsealed roads within the National Park, which can become very corrugated throughout the year especially heading to Point Ann and care should be taken to drive to the conditions.

It is strongly recommended if planning a visit to Point Ann that you check the latest road condition report prior to travelling as roads may be closed with no warning especially after wet weather conditions to avoid the risk of spreading dieback. The campground cannot cater to caravanners or motorhomes as caravans are not permitted on unsealed roads within the National Park, however suitable in dry conditions for any small off-road van with a footprint of a trailer.

(*Fees were correct at time of publishing but you should check with Parks and Wildlife WA).

caravan parks

You have the option of two caravan parks in Hopetoun, one in Ravensthorpe and one in Munglinup to choose from that all offer unpowered and powered sites as well as cabin accommodation. See details below.

Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park

Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park

Under new management since 2021, the caravan park is an idyllic peaceful, coastal location in the heart of Hopetoun's town centre and just a short stroll to local shops, pub and cafes and the must do activity for the kids: the bouncy pillow in McCulloch Park.  Settled on a point, with beautiful mountain ranges of the Fitzgerald River National Park as your backdrop, camp goers have access to west and south facing beaches where you will always find a good spot for swimming, beach fishing or exploring the reef. With a range accommodation options (powered sites, unpowered sites and cabins), the family and dog friendly caravan park (please note dogs permitted only within the caravan and camping area and not within the cabins) also provides free WiFi. To book or find out more call (08) 9838 3096 or see Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park.

Wavecrest Tourist Park

Situated only 3kms from the pristine waters and seaside town of Hopetoun, it is the perfect location to base yourself to explore the botanic and natural wonderlands of the Fitzgerald Biosphere with the entrance of the Fitzgerald River National Park just a few minutes away along the sealed Hamersley Drive or about 30 minutes drive to the Ravensthorpe Ranges. The Australian Accredited Tourist Park is surrounded by nature reserves in a rural setting and provides modern park facilities which is complimented by a contemporary bar and bistro, bottle shop and Food To Go (takeaway). 

Wavecrest Tourist Park accommodation options include: large powered sites for caravans, RVs, motorhomes and campervans (with drive through sites available) and chalets. Sites are not suitable for tent camping. To book or find out more call (08) 9838 3888 or visit Wavecrest Tourist Park website.

Green Haven Tourist Park

Green Haven Tourist Park

Situated within the Ravensthorpe townsite, close to all amenities, this well shaded and spacious Tourist Park with a grassy area for campers is set within a relaxing bushland environment.  A great place to base yourself to explore the botanical wonderland and rich geology of the Fitzgerald Biosphere being central to the Fitzgerald River National Park and the Ravensthorpe Range. It is also well positioned to visit Wave Rock and the beautiful beaches of Hopetoun and Esperance.

Green Haven Tourist Park offers: large powered sites for caravans, RVs, motorhomes and campervans, camp sites for tents, camp kitchen and self-contained King and Queen chalets with outdoor settings and ensuite rooms. To book or find out more call (08) 9838 1050 or see Green Haven Tourist Park.

Munglinup Beach Holiday Park

Munglinup Beach Holiday Park

East of Hopetoun, about an hour's drive (60kms), Munglinup Beach Holiday Park offers quality, holiday accommodation and facilities with a number of powered and unpowered sites and cabins in natural surrounds.

It is the ideal place to base yourself to access the stunningly beautiful secluded, Munglinup Beach and lagoon just 3kms away and the large body of waters of the Oldfields Estuary located opposite the holiday park, perfect if you enjoy kayaking and canoeing.  

More information can be found in our local businesses section Munglinup Beach Holiday Park or give them a call (08) 9075 1155.