Roughly 1200 kilometres north of Perth lies the beautiful Ningaloo Reef. Stretching 260 kilometres, it’s one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, where visitors can enjoy the enthralling marine life and water sport activities. Rent a sea kayak or jump on a boat tour and spot sea turtles, tropical fish such as lionfish and clownfish, or perhaps even a humpback whale. Scuba dive through coral lagoons and stunning sea beds, or embark on an inland adventure! Walk to Yardie Creek, keeping your eyes peeled for black-footed wallabies, or hike the 3km trail through the Mandu Mandu Gorge. Whatever you decide to do, you‘re going to need nearby accommodation to fit in with all your activities, so here’s our round up of the best Ningaloo campsites to begin and end each day.
With such an eclectic range of activities, it is essential to have a campsite that compliments your stay in or near the Ningaloo Reef. Ningaloo Station is an example of such, at $35 per person per week. It is a pastoral lease, home to all manner of animals, from goannas to sheep and goats to kangaroos. Ningaloo Station allows visitors to camp in the grounds and encourages them to show respect for the natural environment. Choose from five camping areas, stretching from Winderabandi Point to Jane Bay. Boasting plenty of historical locations, including Point Cloates Lighthouse and various shipwrecks, Ningaloo Station is in a prime location for your Ningaloo experience.
Lighthouse Caravan Park
Nestled beside the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, The Lighthouse Caravan Park is 17 kilometres from the town of Exmouth and on the edge of beautiful blue waters of the Ningaloo. Whether taking to the ocean or journeying into Cape Range National Park, it is in a great location, but also contains a swimming pool, tennis court, café, tackle store, kitchens, fuel and snorkel hire, so you needn’t go far to enjoy the tropical climate and relaxation of the Ningaloo Reef.
Warroora Station – 14 Mile
It’s no secret that Ningaloo boasts gorgeous scenery with a stunning shoreline, and Warroora Station (pronounced Warra) showcases the very best of it. A popular camping location in Western Australia, Warroora Station allows visitors to get back to nature at a small price of $10 per person per day, or $50 per person per week. This picturesque campsite comprises five areas to set up camp, 14 Mile being one of the favourites. It is the only camping ground in the station that allows two-wheel drivers to camp in wilderness, but provides 4×4 drivers with the opportunity to park up on beautiful white sands, just metres away from the warm turquoise waters. Don’t forget take advantage of the spectacular ocean views and easy access to the sea!
Warroora Station – The Lagoon
The Lagoon, also a popular area in Warroora Station, is just a two-minute walk from the beach. At just $10 per person per day, you can set up camp and explore the secret bays, salt water inlet and gorgeous rock pools that this area has to offer.
Warroora Station – Elle’s Beach
Elle’s Beach, a quiet retreat to unwind from a jam-packed day of activities, is another popular campsite in Warroora Station. Neighbouring the stunning coral gardens of the Ningaloo Reef, Elle’s Beach offers affordable diving and snorkelling experiences. In close proximity to the coastline, bring your camera and take some snaps of the panoramic ocean views that Elle’s Beach has to offer.