Camping In the Shire of Carnarvon

Camping In The Shire Of CarnarvonBlowholes Quobba Curtsy of Montage Photography

The Shire of Carnarvon has a number of picturesque places where you can camp.  There are no free camping areas in the Shire of Carnarvon.

“Camping” includes sleeping in, on or around a vehicle, tent, caravan or swag including at roadside parking and stop areas that do not display 24hr stopping signs.  Go to Mainroads website for information on rest areas within the Shire of Carnarvon.  

The maximum legislated stay at any one campground is ninety (90) days in any calendar year, 30 days during peak season which runs from 1st of April to the 1st of October of any calendar year.

It is an offence to camp anywhere other than in a registered caravan park or designated camping ground or nature based camping area.  Camping where not permitted, anywhere other than in a registered/designated camping location, each person may receive an on-the-spot fine of $100.0

Be aware of camp fire restrictions and total fire bans during warmer months.  You can get up to date information on fire controls and alerts on the Bush Fire Camping Advice page

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Tourist Information in Carnarvon

You can get all your Tourist Information in regards to the Shire of Carnarvon and surrounding areas from the Tourist Information Centre on the corner of Robinson Street and Camel Lane.  You can't miss it.  It is in the same complex as the Civic Centre and Camel Lane Theatre.

Carnarvon has seven (7) Tourist parks and Coral Bay has two (2).  They are all complete with all the amenities you need, lots of shade and with a variety of accommodations.  All are in close proximinty to a supermarket and all other amenities of the town sites.  You can inquire and book through the Carnarvon Visitors Centre or call 9941 1146. Most of our Tourist Parks are pet friendly.  Please ensure you ask before booking as conditions do apply.

Please stay in one of the facilities provided and do not camp in carparks, beaches, river, or anywhere else that is not a permitted camping ground.  Our Rangers patrol every day and you will receive an infringement if caught.  

Camping Rules and Code of Conduct

Apart from the Tourist Parks in our towns we also have some amazing natural camping areas you are welcome to visit and stay.  There are a few things you need to know:

  • It is an offence to camp anywhere in the Shire of Carnarvon other than in a registered caravan park, Tourist Park or designated camping ground/nature based camping area.
  • Any person camping other than in a registered/designated camping location, may receive an on-the-spot $100.00 fine.
  • Campers are advised that the maximum legislated stay at any one campground is ninety (90) days in any calendar year for overnight campers/caravans at any Campground and only thirty (30) days during peak season which runs from the 1st of April to the 1st of October
  • Fees will be collected daily by a Carnarvon Shire representative or may be placed in an envelope provided and placed in the honesty box provided.
  • PET OWNERS – Pets are welcome, however, all animals must be kept on a lead at all times. 1080 poison is in the area and can be fatal to domestic pets. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pet to avoid inconvenience to other campers and you must never leave your pet unattended.
  • FISHING – Please observe fishing sanctuary area restrictions. Bag limits and recreational fishing licences are required – contact Department of Fisheries (08)9941 1185
  • BOATING - There are boat ramps in and around Carnarvon that you can use.  These boat ramps and the carparks are not permitted camping areas.  For more information please contact the Department of Transport on boating in the Gascoyne Region.
  • VEHICLES – Not permitted on the beach unless for the purpose of boat launching or unless otherwise signed posted.  The beaches around Carnarvon area known turtle nesting areas, conserve our native environment. Use designated Boat Ramp parking areas.  Camping in vehicles is only permitted in designated Camping Grounds and Tourist Parks.
  • BEHAVIOR – Respect your fellow campers, day visitors and look out for each other in order to make everyone’s stay as enjoyable as possible.  No excessive noise after 9pm. Please abide by directions of the Shire Representative and/or Police.

Carnarvon Shire Rangers regularly visit the campsites to ensure compliance by campers and visitors

THESE RULES ARE IN PLACE FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL PATRONS OF THE CAMP GROUNDS. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES COULD RESULT IN EVICTION. THE REGISTERED OCCUPANT OF A SITE OR ACCOMMODATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THEIR PARTY AND ANY GUESTS AND OR VISITORS.

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Permitted Camping Sites

There are a number of camp sites in the Shire of Carnarvon that afford a great connection to nature.  We value our natural resources, flora, fauna and landscape.  We have some unique and beautiful areas for people to enjoy.  Carnarvon is situated between two beautifully pristine World Heritage Areas.  We are the doorstep to both and are proud of what we have on our doorstep.  It is with this in mind we expect our visitors to respect the environment they are visiting so that others can come and visit and enjoy the wonders of this region for many years to come.  Below is some information on our most notable camping grounds. 

Please respect them and leave them in a better condition than you arrived.

There are no free camping sites in the Shire of Carnarvon.  Camping anywhere other than in one of the registered Caravan and Camping facilities that are available could incur you fine.

The Blowholes and Aquarium

Notably one of our most popular attractions.  The Blowholes and Aquarium are located 75km north of Carnarvon. To get there take the turn off on Northwest Coastal Highway signposted approx 20km north of the town site.  You will see a telecommunications town adjacent to the turn off. 

Some important information to note before you travel to the Blowholes:

  • Campsite bookings are not required
  • Camping at the Blowholes Campgrounds is for a maximum of thirty (30) days during peak season which runs from the 1st of April to the 1st of October. 
  • Blowholes fees are $11 per person per night or Seniors $8 per person per night (cash only on site).
  • Fees can be paid to the Camp Manager, placed in an envelopment with your Name, home address, phone number, vehicle registration number and the appropriate fee in cash and placed in the honesty box. 
  • Alternatively you can call the Shire of Carnarvon on 9941 0000 and pay by credit card over the phone or at the Visitors Centre, or Shire office at 3 Francis Street Carnarvon.
  • Fees will be collected daily by a Carnarvon Shire representative.  This will be ether a Ranger or Camp Manager
  • There are day use toilets at Blowholes and Campground
  • Waste collection and sullage dump points are located prior to the entrance to the camp grounds
  • Please ensure you secure all rubbish and place in the appropriate disposal unit at the entrance.  
  • Any litter left unsecured can kill, mane and harm our precious wildlife and damage the ecosystem.
  • Please note that there is no water and minimal shade.
  • You must have a chemical toilet to camp.
  • Please do use the area as a toilet or waste dump, facilities are provided and campers must provide their own chemical toilet. Signs of defecating around camp sites may incur a fine.
  • Phone and internet coverage is not guaranteed.
  • Nearest facilities are in Carnarvon 75km south west of the camp grounds.
  • Enquiries can be directed to Ranger Services on 9941 0019 or (08) 9941 0022.  Please download this information sheet for more information
New Beach and Bush Bay

Notably one of our popular camping and fishing areas.  Located 34km south of Carnarvon or 86km north of Wooramel Roadhouse on the North West Coastal Highway.  The turn off is sign posted at the turn off.  After the turn off there is a 6km drive down to a T junction right is New Beach and left is Bush Bay.  The area is managed by the Shire of Carnarvon and may at times have an honourary camp manager to collect fees and rubbish

  • Campsite bookings are not required
  • Fees are $5.50 per person per night and $4.00 per pensioner/concession per person per night
  • Fees will be collected daily by a Carnarvon Shire representative or may be placed in an envelope provided with your details including vehicle registration number and placed in the honesty box provided. 
  • There are no toilets at New Beach and Bush Bay Camp grounds.
  • Please do use the area as a toilet or waste dump, rubbish facilities are provided.
  • Campers must provide their own Chemical toilet.  Signs of defecating around camp sites may incur a fine.
  • Please note that there is no water and minimal shade.
  • Phone and internet coverage is not guaranteed.
  • Nearest facilities are in Carnarvon 40km north of the camp grounds.
  • Enquiries can be directed to Ranger Services on (08) 9941 0019 or 9941 0022.
Gladstone Bay

Is Located 150km south of CArnarvon and 20 km south of Wooramel Roadhouse.  It is under the management of Yaringa Station (08) 9942 5952.  Gladstone Bay is in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.  There are amenities for the use of campers and day visitors.  For more information please visit Gladstone Bay website

  • campsite bookings are not required
  • Fees need to be paid before you enter the day or camping areas and it is cash only 
  • Fees for Camping at Gladstone Bay are $11per night per person and $8 per night per for Australian Pension Card holders, there are no concession rates or seniors rates.
  • Day visit fees also apply at $5.50 per person.
  • Fees will be collected daily by the manager of Yaringa Station or may be placed in an envelope with your details including vehicle registration number and placed in the honesty box provided.
  • Waste collection is located at the entrance to the camp grounds
  • There is no food or water.  You are advised to ensure you have enough food, water and fuel see you for the duration of your stay, plus 1 week and enough to get you to the next place on your itinerary.
  • Please note that there is no water and minimal shade.
  • Campers must have a chemical toilet to camp.
  • Toilets are available at the day parking area only
  • Phone and internet coverage is not guaranteed.
  • Nearest facilities are in Wooramel Roadhouse is 20km north of the camp grounds for fuel and supplies.
  • Enquiries can be directed to Yaringa Station (08) 99425952

 There is NO CAMPING on Gladstone Lookout on North West Coastal Highway

Kennedy Ranges

The Kennedy Ranges is a must see when visiting the Shire of Carnarvon.  There are some walk trails you can do, you will need to carry plenty of water and ensure you are appropriately attired for these walks as they can be rugged and extremely hot even in the winter months.  The Temple Gorge campground at Kennedy Range National Park is about 62km north of Gascoyne Junction. Gascoyne Junction is 172km east of Carnarvon. There is a lovely bush campground at Temple Gorge campground which is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife - Kennedy Ranges (08) 9948 2226

  • Camping fees apply.
  • Toilets are provided but there is no water available.
  • Parks and Wildlife Campground Hosts are usually based at the campground from May to September.
  • For more information please refer to Department of Parks And Wildlife 
No Camping Permitted

Camping is not permitted anywhere other than Tourist Parks and Campgrounds.  There are NO FREE CAMPING sites in the Shire of Carnarvon.

“Camping” includes sleeping in, on or around a vehicle, tent, caravan or swag including at roadside parking and stop areas that do not display 24hr stopping signs.  Go to Mainroads website for information on rest areas within the Shire of Carnarvon.  

Camping is not permitted but is not limited too:

  • Gladstone Bay Lookout located at the top of the plateau on the southern side of the turn off to Gladstone Bay.  This lookout has amazing vistas of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and visibly shows where the desert meets the sea.
  • Rocky Pool is located 50km east of Carnarvon on the Gascoyne Junction Mullewa road and is managed by the Department of Water.  There is NO Camping permitted and is for day use only.  Visitors are required take all litter when departing, as there are no waste disposal available at this site.  There is no water or food and limited shade.
  • Miaboolya Beach is located off the Bibbawarra Bore Road, it is the first turn off after you go onto the gravel road.  Miaboolya is a known turtle and water bird nesting area and care is needed in this area so as not to disturb the ecosystem. There are no facilities provided.  Day visits are welcomed, but camping is definitely not permitted.
  • Chinamans Pool is an Significant Indigenous cultural area.  You are welcome to enjoy the area and take a dip in the pool.  There are no facilities available and camping is not permitted.
  • Pelican Point is the main beach of Carnarvon.  There are three (3) locations of interest.  the central carpark which gives access to the main beach area and is the dog friendly beach, there is an access the the Fascine side of Pelican Point at the ablution block.  4x4 is required to access the beach.  This is a good beach fishing access point and you can access the seaward side of the point as well at this site.  This is a popular area for windsurfers, kite surfers and fishermen.  This is a no camping permitted area, including the carparks along Pelican Point Road and the Ablution Block.
  • Old Prawning Jetty is located at the old whaling station on Binning Road on Babbage Island.  The Old Prawning Jetty was originally the Whaling Station and with whaling was stopped it was used by the prawning industry.  The buildings and property on this road is under lease to alocal prawning company and used as workers accommodation.  This area is a no camping permitted site.
  • One Mile Jetty is on Babbage Island and is a wonderful place to visit for the day.  Although you cannot walk out on the Jetty anymore.  There is a lovely vista over the Gascoyne Rivermouth from Sunsets Cafe and a Discovery Centre in the Cafe building.  There is also a Lighthouse Keepers Museum adjacent to the cafe.  A wonderfully interesting area.  This is a day visit area and camping is definitely not permitted anywhere in this vacinity.
  • Dorre and Lock Island Memorial is a statue on Babbage Island honouring all the workers and Aboriginal peoples who were on the Island.  For more information go to Goonwardu Mia Cultural Centre.  The Dorre and Lock Island Memorial site is and no camping permitted area.
  • Dwyers Point is a favourite with the locals of Carnarvon and are frequented by our local pelican population.  This is a good fishing spot but definitely not a camping permitted area.
  • Rotary Park on the Gascoyne River on Lawson St is a lovely picnic area with public toilets and picnic tables. This is a day visit area and a no camping permitted site.
  • All Shopping Centre Carparks, all Parks and Gardens, The Airport, Swimming Pool carpark, or any roadside or beach parking etc are camping not permitted areas
  • Camping at a residential, commercial or industrial property other than inside a dwelling is only permitted for 3 nights, anything over that without a permit will incur a fine.

Camping in these areas or any other place not mentioned that is not a Tourist Park or Valid Campground as listed on this site you will incur a fine if reported or caught.