Dogs are a man’s (and woman’s) best friend, but it often doesn’t feel that way when you go camping, as dogs are banned from many caravan parks and national parks.
But in the wide stretches of Western Australia, you’ll find some truly spectacular camping areas that do welcome dogs.
We’ve picked our top five, but be sure to let us know your picks in the comments.
Nestled in the native bush just behind the beach, this camping area is in an enviable position, with panoramic views of the pristine sand and sparkling ocean for which this region is known.
While Alexander Bay camping area might not have the facilities of nearby Lucky Bay camping area (in Cape Le Grand National Park), campers will feel lucky to stay at this beauty of a spot – and not have to leave their dogs at home.
Of course, there are some compromises. There are limited facilities at this campground, and you’ll need to bring your own firewood and drinking water. Sites cost around $10 a night. But those are compromises we are more than willing to make to stay at this beautiful location with our four-legged friends.
While Alexandra Bridge might not have the turquoise water of Alexander Bay, this charming spot just north of Augusta has drawcards of its own.
Situated next to the Blackwood River and ensconced by the Blackwood River forest, Alexandra Bridge is a popular camping area, and not just because dogs are allowed.
Apart from its enchanted setting, there’s drinking water, cold showers, toilets, caravan and camper trailer access, as well as a range of water-based activities. The only thing hairy about camping here will be your dog.
If you’re visiting Western Australia, you’ll probably have Albany on your itinerary. And once you’re in the area, it’s only 30 kilometres further to west to the ten campsites at Cosy Corner.
These free sites are near the foreshore, and peak out from the surrounding trees. As is the case at many dog-friendly camping areas, the only amenities at these sites are the toilets. The sites are also big enough to accommodate camper trailers and caravans, so you can bring some facilities along with you.
Once you are sitting back with your dog beside you, admiring the inspiring view of the Western Australian coastline, the lack of amenities won’t seem like such a hardship. It will feel like the way camping was meant to be.
Sometimes when you are camping you really hit the jackpot with a campsite that has a scenic place to set up tent, great facilities, various nearby activities and is dog friendly. At camping areas this good, you find yourself asking – what’s the catch? And we’re pleased to report that with Ellendale Pool camping area, there isn’t one.
You’ll find this fantastic camping area around 47 kilometres east of Geraldton, which is to the north of Perth. It’s pleasantly situated under gum trees, next to an impressive sandstone cliff that overlooks a freshwater pool.
As you’d expect at a waterfront campsite, the activities are mainly water-based, including swimming and canoeing, although you’ll have to bring your own drinking water.
The Gibb River Road is often seen as the last frontier in Western Australia. But along with the river crossings, dirt roads and crocodile sightings is something that many visitors forget to pass on in their epic tale of adventure – that the Gibb River Road is lined with working stations that offer some of the best camping facilities this side the Great Dividing Range.
Take Home Valley Station. Spanning three million hectares of the Kimberley region, this working station offers two camping options. You can set up near the homestead, and take advantage of the facilities including hot showers and powered sites, or you can take your tent 4 kilometres down to the Pentecost River and make your camp in the midst of the spectacular wilderness that is the Kimberley.
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