It’s almost that time of year again. That oh, so, exciting time, when you find little multicoloured eggs hidden in all the nooks and crannies of your home.
Easter is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, with good food, great wine and fabulous chocolate! The holiday break is also the perfect opportunity to escape to the country and explore places unseen.
Here’s a list of six egg-cellent – excuse the pun – places to camp this Easter:
1. Parry Beach Campground – Denmark
From the enchanting forests and picturesque coastlines, extraordinary wineries and divine restaurants, to the groovy, hippie vibe, Denmark is the dreamiest holiday destination.
Perched on the doorstep of a popular surfing and fishing beach, and only 21 kilometres from Denmark, within an oasis of lush greenery is Parry Beach Campground.
Nature is the main drawcard of this volunteer-managed campsite, as there isn’t much in terms of utilities. The campground doesn’t have a camper’s kitchen, drinking water or shop facilities. Although, there is a bathroom with showers, running water, toilets, and it’s cheap!
There’s also a BBQ, beach boat launching area and “friendly” furry friends are allowed.
Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, two of WA’s most iconic beaches are also located just round the corner!
If you’re looking for somewhere immersed in nature, with loads of trees and large, separate camping bays, all while being close to the sea, this is the place for you.
2. Lucky Bay – Esperance
This 5km stretch of beach in Cape Le Grand, is known for having the whitest sand in Australia!
Lucky Bay got its name from English navigator Matthew Flinders, who, while exploring Australia’s south coast in the early 1800s, took refuge in the bay, while seeking shelter from a storm.
The protected haven is great for diving, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing and bushwalking, and features enormous granite boulders, fresh water pools and clear turquoise waters.
In terms of amenities, there’s a barbeque and toilet. Campers can also use their own liquid or gas fuel barbeques, stoves and heaters, unless a total fire ban has been declared.
Remember to leave no trace, rubbish bins are not providing in the park, so take your rubbish with you.
3. Shelley Beach – West Cape Howe, Albany
Shelley Beach takes the cake as one the most breathtaking campsites I’ve ever seen!
The wide beach bound by gigantic granite boulders (which formed at the same time as the granites of the Porongurup Range), is located between Albany and Denmark in the West Cape Howe National Park.
The drive to the campsite is just as spectacular, with the dirt track enveloped by sections of towering Jarrah, Sheoak and Karri Forest, coupled with sweeping panoramic ocean views. There’s also a magnificent lookout with spectacular views of Torbay Head, the most southern point of Western Australia!
Visitors should note that only tents and small camper vans (without side awnings) are permitted for overnight stays and there’s nothing in terms of facilities, except a long drop toilet.
It’s a wonderful place for self-sufficient nature lovers or keen fishermen, who don’t require a camp kitchen or extra amenities.
A word to the wise: check the weather forecast prior to arriving at the campsite. It’s probably best to stay elsewhere if it’s going to be windy, as a flapping tent doesn’t exactly equate to a restful night sleep.
4. Sandy Cape Recreation Park – Jurien Bay
A drive just under three hours north of Perth will deliver you to Sandy Cape, the white sanded turquoise coast, boasting opportunities to swim, snorkel, SUP, fish and sandboard.
If you’re down for some basic beach camping (long drops but minus the barbeques), with some sunnier weather, this spot 10km north of Jurien Bay might just be what you’re looking for.
You’ll sleep under a diamond sky and wake to the sound of the sea.
5. Rottnest Camping Ground – Rottnest Island
Known for its sparkling sapphire seas, inland lakes and hilly landscape, WA’s favourite island, Wadjemup is a magnificent spot to peg down the tent for the Easter holiday!
You can spend your days exploring hidden bays, cycling round the island and indulging in some delicious food. Just make sure the quokkas don’t steal your eggs!
Located a short distance from the main settlement and a stone’s throw from The Basin, the Rottnest Camp Ground offers 43 non-powered sand covered sites. There’s a modern communal camp kitchen with cooking facilities, BBQs and ablution blocks with wheelchair access.
They also offer a complimentary luggage pickup service direct from the main Rottnest jetty.
6. Dwellingup Chalets & Caravan Park – Dwellingup State Forest
In the very heart of the Dwellingup State Forest is the Dwellingup Caravan Park.
The campsite is within walking distance to the Dwellingup town centre and a short drive to the Murray River. There’s also access to the Bibbulmun Track and the scenic Munda Biddi cycle trail, so if you’re a hike or bike enthusiast, you’re in the right place.
Each camp site is shaded, secluded and quiet, situated amongst the native bushland. Firewood is available for those wanting to warm their tootsies, toast their marshmallows or try their luck at a S’more!
There’s also a camper’s kitchen, laundry, showers and ablution blocks. Pooches are welcome in the camp grounds, just mention your doggo upon booking.
If you’re searching for the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and eat your Easter eggs, why not try one of these campsites. You won’t be disappointed.