From top to bottom, here are WA’s top five camping spots

From top to bottom, here are WA’s top five camping spots

WITH the Perth Caravan & Camping Show coming up, here are some of the best camping and caravanning spots, from the top of the state to the bottom.

So whether you’ve got a day, a weekend or a month to spend away from home, our expansive state is filled with a stunning array of attractions, events, and locations which are sure to keep the whole family happy.

Coral Bay

A Coral Bay sunset. Photo: www.coralbay.org

Just over 11 hours from Perth, Coral Bay is the perfect destination for those looking to enjoy the trip as much as the destination.

On your way to this coastal paradise, you can stop off in Geraldton and Carnarvon, both great destinations with the former offering historical landmarks, museums, and wildflowers, while the latter offers wildlife, access to the Gascoyne River and one of the longest jetties in the state.

Coral Bay is home to the Ningaloo Reef, the nation’s only fringing reef and perfect for encountering everything from whale sharks and turtles to stunning corals.

The area is also popular for deep sea fishing and limited beach fishing.

Esperance

Esperance’s Lucky Bay. Photo: ExperienceEsperance.com.au

As one of the oldest towns in the state, Esperance is full of historical interest points as well as natural beauty, all only seven-and-a-half hours from Perth.

There are plenty of self-drive tours through the region which showcase the beautiful local scenery and include the Cape Le Grand National Park and Spencer Lake, a pink salt lake.

Dozens of beautiful beaches are scattered around Esperance, ensuring you can find a little bit of paradise for swimming, sunbathing and fishing, wherever you go.

Pemberton

Gloucester Tree. Photo: DPAW

If curling up beside a fire and looking out at the mist swirling about giant trees, then Pemberton is the ultimate winter hideaway and only four hours from Perth.

Nestled between Gloucester National Park, which is known for the massive 53m Gloucester Tree, Pemberton is great base camp for exploring the inland areas of the state’s South-West.

With waterfalls, hiking trails and bush campgrounds aplenty, it is a great location to go “bush” without leaving civilisation too far behind.

York

The historic town of York. Photo: AvonValleyWA.com.au

If you are looking for something a little closer to home, the historic country town of York, only an hour-and-a-half from Perth, might be a great option.

As the state’s oldest inland town, there is plenty to keep the history buff entertained along with a motor museum, wineries, and stores selling local produce.

There are lookouts, bush walks and a river running straight through town, all providing plenty to keep the family amused.

Augusta

Augusta Boat Harbour. Photo:: Department of Transport

Often forgotten in favour of Margaret River, Augusta is a quieter, coastal region where the Blackwood River meets Flinders Bay, around four hours from Perth.

Visitors can enjoy the swimming and fishing on the river, or out on the ocean, along with viewing the historic lighthouse and local museum.

Unique to the region are stunning limestone caves, through which tours are operated, offering a view of the world below the surface.