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Best Winter Camping Activities & Destinations in Western Australia

Friday 28th June 2019
By Neil Fahey
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By Neil Fahey
Encompassing a third of Australia’s landmass, Western Australia is actually the most sparsely populated state. It's home to some of the country’s most unique and varied landscapes and thanks to how the population is spread, they’re wild and untouched and ripe for exploring. This also means that the best way to explore everything the state has to offer is with a home on wheels.

If you’re looking to go winter camping in Western Australia, hiring a caravan, camper or motorhome from Camplify means you’ll have easy access to all the best family winter activities, with the comfort of warm, mobile accommodation. Camping in winter is the ideal family experience for this July school holidays, and Western Australia is the perfect place to visit.

Camplify’s easy drop-off and pickup system connects you directly with the caravan owner and offers vans and caravans in a number of different locations around the state. Pack up your winter camping gear, engage your sense of adventure, and check out these family-friendly winter activities in the nation’s west.

Live the city life in Perth

Perth is the obvious choice for where to start in WA. Camplify has a range of vans and caravans available close to the city for pick up. Perth offers a huge range of activities both within the city and on its outskirts, and a caravan gives you the freedom to explore it all.

Start in Perth’s relaxed CDB and check out its cosy restaurants and cinemas. The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a diverse range of Australian artwork that will delight kids and adults alike. The glorious Kings Park is the perfect place to hang out on mild winter days and take a walk in the winter sunshine.

The Swan River has various urban bushland walking trails that stem from Perth to the inner suburb of Fremantle. Fremantle offers even more winter fun, with the WinterWorld park opening on the Esplanade every June and July. WinterWorld offers safe family ice skating and kid’s activities like silent discos, shows and a snow pit.

Camping is available in nearby Freemantle Village, with paved, powered sites available for a reasonable price.

Camplify has a range of caravans available for hire in the Perth area. Check out the range here.

Chill out (with wine) in the famous Margaret River region

The beautiful Margaret River region is roughly three hours south-west of Perth, and offers a laid back, chilled out vibe year-round. With a small town feel and so much to indulge in, hit up Margaret River to give your family a decadent but relaxed winter camping experience.

Take a relaxing drive through Margaret River’s wine region, with quaint wineries and gorgeous views around every corner. The wineries offer beautiful food cooked with local ingredients, and many have playgrounds or big open winter spaces for the kids to run around while you relax with a glass of Cabernet.

In Margaret River township, you’ll find the Margaret River Chocolate Factory and Margaret River Fudge Factory. Once you manage to drag the kids away from there, you can take a short drive and hike all that decadence away on the Bibbulmun Track. The Bibbulmun Track stretches for 1000km, but many of the best sections are accessible as day hikes, providing the best way to stretch the legs and let the kids walk off all that extra energy.

The Margaret River Region is the best place to hook up with a whale watching cruise. Approximately 35,000 humpback and blue whales migrate along the west coast every year. Whale watching tours leave regularly and you have a high chance of seeing these magnificent creatures.

Camping is plentiful and picturesque in the Margaret River Region, and you’ll be spoilt for choice and options. Try Margaret River Tourist Park for campsites close to the local shops, with everything you will need to be comfortable.

Browse Camplify’s Margaret River vehicles here.

Touch History in Albany

WA Museum in Albany

Image credit: Hugh (on flickr)

Another few hours south-east from Margaret River is the sparkling jewel of Albany, located at the Southern tip of Western Australia. Albany is a quaint, historic township that has been established since the early 1800s, and it shows. The streets are lined with historic buildings from various periods of time, and the area still features old cottages and homesteads from the boom of the whaling period.

Albany’s history is closely connected to the practice of whale hunting, and various monuments and museums remain to tell the story. The WA Museum Albany and Albany’s Historic Whaling Station (also known as Whale World) will delight adults and kids alike, and it’s fascinating to learn about the town’s past. In the winter, the whales themselves are still abundant in the cold ocean waters, and you can view from various points on the coastline without ever having to step foot in a boat.

Albany has spectacular beaches, with Little Beach and Two People’s Bay being highlights for cold winter walks on the sand. The Torndirrup National Park is a magnificent stretch of protected bushland on the coastline and features rugged cliffs and a natural ocean blowhole, which are even more stunning on the backdrop of a dramatic winter’s sky.

Campsites are available about 7 kilometres out of town, at the beautiful Kalgan River.

Camplify has a selection of vehicles available for hire in Albany and its surrounds.

Go North to Exmouth

Cape Range National Park
Image credit: Michael (on flickr)

For a slightly warmer winter camping experience in WA, it’s worth making the drive north to Exmouth in the North West. Hiring a motorhome or caravan means the 13-hour drive north from Perth to Exmouth can easily be split over two or more days, and the road follows the western coastline of Australia, making for an interesting drive with plenty of picturesque locations to stop at along the way.

Exmouth itself is a tiny coastal town, surrounded by spectacular coastlines and beaches, and is the gateway to some magnificent marine life and local flora. The kids will delight in the Jurabi Turtle Centre and the Milyering Discover Centre, which have interpretive displays and information points about the area’s turtle and stingray population. 

On the tip of the North West Cape you will find the wreck of the SS Mildura and the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, both impressive historical locations. The Ningaloo Tourist Centre, in the centre of Exmouth itself, is a great place to learn about the natural area and plan your day trips and hikes. Beach and bushland hikes are plentiful, with Shothole Canyon and the rock pools of Jurabi Coastal Reserve being must-sees.

With relatively mild weather in winter, there’s no shortage of ocean adventures available, including snorkelling, swimming with whale sharks and glass bottom boat tours.

For powered and unpowered campsites, the Ningaloo Lighthouse is in a beautiful spot with reasonable prices.

Check out caravans and RVs available for hire in Exmouth here.

Escape the Cold in Broome

Ride a camel on Cable Beach in Broome
Image credit: yukkycakes (on flickr)

For a winter camping holiday with the kids that doesn’t feel like winter at all, fly into Broome and collect your RV or caravan close the airport. Broome is famous for its beaches and sense of remoteness, but exploring in your mobile accommodation will make for a comfortable family adventure.

Broome’s spectacular beach sunsets are world famous, and the perfect opportunity to try out your camera skills and take the family shot of a lifetime. There’s also sunset beach camel rides on offer, and excellent fishing both on the beaches and in inland lakes and rivers. To top off Broome’s list of unique experiences, it’s also the only place in the world to offer beach hovercraft rides.

Broome is rich in culture and history, with pearl diving being a profitable addition to the area since the 1800’s. You can learn about the fascinating history of pearl diving and the city’s unique cultural footprint in Broome’s Chinatown.

Broome is also the access point for the spectacular Kimberley region. Its surrounds are filled with glorious hiking trails, rock formations and waterfalls. Cable Beach and Town Beach are two popular spots for beach walks. There’s even the opportunity, during low tide, to see dinosaur footprints immortalized in rocks on the beach at Gantheaume Point.

There are seemingly unlimited options for campsites in and around Broome, often with good views and lots of space. The Mango Campground offers practical, affordable campsites with or without power.

Find your perfect van in Broome

Western Australia is the perfect place to escape the winter blues. With such a huge range of cities, climates, national parks and wide open spaces to explore, a caravan or motorhome gives you the perfect way to experience your ideal family winter camping holiday. For a colder, more snow filled winter experience, consider heading to New South Wales or Victoria. Camplify has RV owners all over the country and can provide a unique travel vehicle wherever you decide to go.

So what is Camplify? 
We are Australia’s largest caravan hire and RV sharing community, helping connect thousands of holidaymakers with RV owners. 

What does that mean?
Essentially, we provide a unique sharing service where owners of caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, and campervans list their RV for hire while not in use. As an owner, this enables you to earn over $10,000 each year instead of having your RV just sitting around while you’re not using it. 

As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself. 
Interested? Learn more about Camplify here.

Feature image credit: Lee Merchant (on flickr)

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