Cyclists get in free to Western Australia’s national parks so there’s no excuse not to explore these treasures!
Stop by the first tourist bureau you see to pick up a free guide to the parks.
The small brochure outlines which parks have camping sites and which ones are just for day use. Either way, you’ll almost always find picnic tables, water and BBQs in a common area.
In Southwestern Australia, you’re rarely more than a day’s ride from a park with camping sites.
Facilities are basic. Don’t expect power outlets or showers but you will find toilets and water. This could be treated water, rainwater or steps down to a nearby river.
Sometimes you’ll find free firewood to make a campfire or a kitchen area with BBQs and gas rings.
The campsites are beautifully situated. Outside of peak season, you might have the whole park to yourself.
Camping charges start at $6.50 per person but that’s only if the rangers come to collect your fees. They often don’t show up in the more remote spots. A few parks have honesty boxes and self-registration.
Some parks don’t have official campsites but it’s always worth popping by and asking if you can tent there for the night. The ranger often doesn’t mind and you should at least find water and toilets on site, if not BBQs and picnic tables.
You can also legally wild camp on any cleared patch of land in a state forest for up to 3 nights. Use low-impact camping techniques and don’t make a campfire because of the risk of bush fires. Carry out all your rubbish.