Camping in Western Australia


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Camping in Western Australia

With some 26 million hectares of some of the most ancient landscapes, and 13,500km of coastline it's obvious why Western Australia has some of the most beautiful, diverse and breathtaking landscapesi. With different parks found all over the state it will be easy to find one to camp at. Parks with established campsites include Alexander Morrison National Park, Brockman National Park, Fitzgerald River National Park and Goldfields Woodlands National Park. Below is an overview of three camping options.

Windjana Gorge National Park

Windjana Gorge National Park is a well known and much visited park in The Kimberly regionii. The 3.5km gorge is carved out of the flood plain of the Lennard River. Rated as being one of the most beautiful gorges in the area it is home to rich vegetation and wildlife. There are multiple water holes perfect for a refreshing swim as well as a walking trail that winds around the gorgeiii. The campground has an impressive view of the Napier Riverii.

Reflective waters in the Napier River, Windjana Gorge National Park, Western Australia

Yalgorup National Park

Just over an hour south of Perth, located on the western edge of the swan coastal plain is Yalgroup National Park. Rock like structures know as thrombolites can be seen on the edge of Lake Clifton within the Park. Thrombolites are built by micro organisms too small for the human eye to see, but these living structures are rare and are an important link to our scientific past. In addition to the thrombolites, wetlands of the park have been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) for its variety of rare waterbirds. Campsites are available within the park and are easily accessible by cariv.

Wolfe Creek Crater

If you're looking to get off the beaten track and visit somewhere that's a bit different, make a trip to Wolfe Creek Crater that is located in Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. The crater which is a 2 days drive from Perth and over 14 hours drive from Darwin has been getting quite some attention latelyv thanks to publicity from the movie Wolf Creek.

The crater itself was only discovered in 1947 by Europeans during an aerial survey and is the second largest meteorite crater in the world. The crater is the shape of an almost perfect circle; it runs 880m across and is home to a variety of wildlife. Wolfe Creek Crater contains the largest concentration of birds in the park thanks to the trees both in and around the crater. The campground is located right next to the cratervi.

Lush green vegetation in Wolfe Creek Meteor Crater

Trip planning

Prepare ahead, plan your road trip and make sure you conduct simple vehicle maintenance. Planning should also include making sure your vehicle is covered by car insurance.

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i Department of Environment and Conservation, Parks and Recreation, http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/section/33/1558/

ii Kimberly Australia: Windjana Gorge National Park, : http://www.kimberleyaustralia.com/windjana-gorge-national-park.html

iii Tourism WA: Windjana Gorge National Park, http://www.westernaustralia.com/en/Pages/Attraction.aspx?n=Windjana_Gorge_National_Park&pid=9001628

iv Australian National Parks, 2012, Yalgroup National Park, http://www.australiannationalparks.com/westernaustralia/Yalgorup/default.htm

v Outback Travel: Wolfe Creek, http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/wolfe_creek.html

vi Department of Environment and Conservation, Wolfe Creek Crater, http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/campgrounds/index.php?option=com_jomres&Itemid=2&task=viewproperty&property_uid=66