Western Australia camping hints

Some hints for a light camper in Western Australia

As described in our 10 days itinerary on the south of Western Australia, we did a bit of camping in Western Australia. By trying to follow our minimalist approach, we packed the really basic stuff while going on a trip to Australia (and then further to New Zealand):

Those things fit, together with a set of decent technical clothes for hiking and camping, and a few cozy shirts and underpants, neatly in a 50-liter hand luggage dimensioned bag.

Still, going to spend a month and a half camping, we required some additional equipment, such as cooking pots, self-inflatable mats, and some supplies.

Following the minimalistic approach, while maintaining the work flowing from a computer, we looked at effective internet access. We needed to find camps. We wanted to get the best out of Western Australia. Here is what we learned, and used:

  • Camping supply

K-mart for cheap self-inflating sleeping mats (not sure, roughly $20-$30), pots and portable gas cooker ($20). They also have amazingly warm sleeping bags, even double ones with 150 cm width, for up to roughly $40.

  • Car

We rented a car. If we stayed for a month, we could buy one. A friend living there purchased a nice 4WD Mitsubishi, and you can get a usable car for $1500. Of course, you finally need to sell it as you leave.

rent-a-car and camp
We rent-a-car and camp most of our stay in Western Australia.

If you need a 4WD somewhere, it’s in Western Australia. There are many surf beaches and nice spots, accessible much easier / or only with / a 4WD vehicle.

  • Internet

You can catch WiFi Internet in some public places (like Margaret River city), in every McDonalds, and in Public Libraries. In the latter ones, you can normally also print and scan. Handy if you work on the go. If staying for a longer time, get a SIM card, it’s cheap and effective.

Margaret River city_WiFi
The main street in Margaret River city offers free WiFi. The connection can be very slow, but it’s good enough for finding the necessary travel information online.
  • Food & Water

Tap water in Western Australia is potable, but you can taste “salt and minerals” in it. I mean, it has a taste. If you prefer to buy water, use big markets, and buy a pack of 6 or 8 bottles, instead of buying 1 single bottle. You may get 6 or 8 bottles in a big market (such as Coles or Woolworths) for a price of 1 single bottle in a small General store.

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There are some crazy cool things around, like a soup kitchen in Margaret River, where you can get very delicious vegan food in exchange for a donation.

soup kitchen
Eating at a soup kitchen in Margaret River.
  • Money

Using a credit card? Use AUD instead of your own currency. If using own currency, at least for us paying with EUR, there was a special fee charged for doing the payment in foreign currency / for conversion.

  • Public Toilets

If you come from Europe, you may find it amazing that every beach and many towns have: a public toilet! Some with showers. Woohoo.

  • Camping

Another thing that a non-Australian like us finds awesome, is the fact that most camps have a pretty good stock of equipment: such as cookers or at least a barbeque, washing machines, and equipped dishwashing area. So if you stay only in camps, you don’t need your own gas stove.

camp facilities
Camp facilities in one of many camps, we visited in Western Australia.

Need to find camps? Well, there are plenty of them, designated with the signposts. Use CamperMate app to find them and plan your journey. It’s amazing, you can even download a database of camps to your phone to not use internet on the go.

Got more tips and hacks on camping in Western Australia? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Matic

Matic is tech startup guy who loves to spend time outside. In his free time he is an true outdoor freak – he tends to surf, run and ride a mountain bike, and in the winter time just loves powder skiing and snowboarding. Matic also loves to travel, often has to because of work, and even more often because he wants to πŸ™‚

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9 thoughts on “Western Australia camping hints”

    • Haha, yeah well, now you can see that we really use little green tent anywhere we go. πŸ˜‰ Animals can be an interesting thing when trekking/camping indeed, however, apart from the jungle I wouldn’t worry too much.

  • Great tips! We haven’t been camping yet but hiring a campervan is on the horizon so this is great info! The WikiCamps app is supposed to be really good too!

    • Awesome, have fun on your trip with a campervan. Yes, WikiCamps is also an option, but I think you have to pay for it? We have downloaded it prior to going on a trip, and once we wanted to use it stopped working unless we pay for it, and that’s how we found CamperMate. πŸ™‚

  • How amazing you were able to fit the essentials to your luggage! And how goodnis Kmart! I got my tent for hiking frome there as well for something incredibly cheap. I agree that you would want a 4wd of wanting to get to more remote places in Australia. Me and my partner have one with a rooftop tent and it’s brilliant! Renting a juicy van is also an option and normally is already kitted out with all the camping essentials πŸ‘

    • Woow great, I would love to have my own van one day too. πŸ™‚ In Australia, we didn’t rent campervan because car+tent was way cheaper, you know budget travel. πŸ™‚ hah

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