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South West Rocks Camping, Smoky Cape NSW

Smoky Cape Camping Area

On our first night in the region we stayed at this South West Rocks Camping Area in the Hat Head National Park in NSW.

The campground is located right at the beach at the base of the Smoky Cape Lighthouse which is worth visiting for it’s amazing history and incredible views.

The entry to Smoky Cape Camping area in South West Rocks is via a gravel track which does have potholes but it’s only 200m so it wasn’t an issue.

Hat Head National Park is approximately 460kms north of Sydney in New South Wales located between the towns of Port Macquarie to the south and South West Rocks to the north.

Crescent Head and Kempsey are also close by.

Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping

Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping Facilities

Facilities at this South West Rocks Camping Area are very basic. There are toilets available but no showers, no water and no bins.

You will need to bring water provisions, your own shower facilities and take away any rubbish with you to dispose of properly.

Most sites are covered by trees so generating solar power is limited and there are no generators allowed.

There is no phone coverage in the Smoky Cape Camping Area from any networks, you will need to go onto the beach to get mobile coverage.

It was a windy night on the beach when we stayed but we got no breeze at all in the campground making for a warm night.

The wind was blocked by the dunes and trees.

Are Fires allowed?

Fires are permitted at the Smoky Cape Campground but they need to be off the ground.

Bring your own firewood to use as you can’t collect it from the National Park.

Fires many not be permitted during fire season and when any total bans many be in place.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse high above the beach and the South West Rocks Camping area
Smoky Cape Lighthouse from the beach

Are Pets allowed at the South West Rocks Camping Area – Smoky Cape?

This South West Rocks Camping Area is located in the Hat Head National Park so no pets are allowed.

By the time we first started exploring the New South Wales coastline, sadly we had said farewell to our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS therefore we were able to stay here.

You will need to leave your dog at home or make arrangements for it to be cared for prior to arriving.

Read more: A Tribute to MACKS the Best Dog I’ve ever known

Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping Pay Station
Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping Pay Station

Cost to stay at the Smoky Cape, South West Rocks Camping Area

Cost to stay is $6 per adult per night and $3.50 per child aged 5-15yo. There’s a pay station as you enter the campground to make payment. The Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping area has a maximum 6 weeks stay.

Also, don’t forget your National Parks vehicle pass at $8 per day or you can purchase an Annual Pass for $65.

Update January 2022:
$12.30 per night for 2 people

We only stayed the 1 night at the South West Rocks Camping Area at Smoky Cape and then went onto the Trial Bay Campground which we absolutely loved! Be sure to check it out as well if you are staying in this region!

Our stay was 3rd November 2018.

*Note – this video has the shakes unfortunately which I couldn’t correct.

Check out our video reviews on other great places to stay in the region:

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.

Contact Details – Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping Ground

Phone: 02 6566 6168 or 1300 072 757
Address:
Lighthouse Road, South West Rocks, New South Wales
Website:

How to get to Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping Ground

Take the South West Rocks Road towards South West Rocks. Then turn right into Arakoon Road just after the Spencers Creek Bridge.

Continue along Arakoon Road and then turn right into Lighthouse Road. Follow the signs to the Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping ground.

Check out other great spots for: Camping NSW North Coast

Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping
Spearfishing
Kev doing some spearfishing in the South West Rocks region

What else is there to see and do in South West Rocks

Diving

Just offshore from Smoky Cape is a area which plays a significant role for Grey Nurse Sharks.

Grey Nurse Sharks are listed as critically endangered, are known to be quite placid and rarely attack humans.

Fish Rock and Green Island are popular dive locations and nurseries for the sharks and are only a short distance from the mainland.

Visit the South West Rocks Outdoor Adventure store for more information about diving and snorkelling in the region.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Smoky Cape Lighthouse

As Captain Cook sailed past in 1770 he witnesses aboriginal fires were burning and therefore named it Smoky Cape.

The lighthouse was built in 1891 and the keepers cottage is available for overnight stays.

The Smoky Cape Lighthouse is perched high above the beach from the South West Rocks Camping ground at Smoky Cape and the light is the highest in NSW.

Since 1999 the Smoky Cape Lighthouse has been Heritage Listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

It is a steep walk to the lighthouse from the carpark but it is worth the effort.

During winter it is a prime position to view the Humpback Whales migrate past as they head north to have their calves and return south again.

The views from this active heritage listed lighthouse are amazing!

Smoky Cape Views
Smoky Cape

Trial Bay Gaol

Just 1 minutes from the Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping ground is the historic Trial Bay Gaol.

Take a guided tour of the ruins of the Trial Bay Gaol and learn about the heritage listed former public works prison and internment camp.

Prison labourers were used to construct the breakwater wall in order to make a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane but the project failed. What remains of the breakwater can be seen from the Guard Tower Lookout.

Open 9am – 4.30pm daily

Phone: 02 6566 6168
Address: Trial Bay Gaol Access Road, Arakoon New South Wales
Website:

Trial Bay Gaol
Trial Bay Gaol

Things to take with you when exploring South West Rocks

South West Rocks Weather

The average Summer Temperature in South West Rocks range between 19°C and 26°C and  average temperature in Winter range is 13°C to 20°C.

Highest temperature in South West Rocks is a scorching 41.7°C recorded in 1968 and a record low of 4°C was recorded in 1997.

Best months to visit South West Rocks are March through to June and mid September to early December.

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Have you stayed at the Smoky Cape South West Rocks Camping Ground? Tell us about your South West Rocks Camping experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Noosa North Shore Camping, Noosa Qld

Noosa Northshore

The Noosa North Shore Camping ground is a fabulous location for camping with ocean front views and excellent modern facilities.

It is surrounded by the Great Sandy National Park and has 4wd beach access to Teewah, Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach.

Access to Noosa North Shore is via the Noosa River by Ferry from Tewantin on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Noosa North Shore Camping ground is positioned directly beside the beach, just metres from the breaking waves which you can listen to as you go to sleep at night.

There’s lots of local wildlife around the campground with kangaroos seen roaming the grounds throughout the day.

Aerial view of Noosa North Shore from Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground
Noosa North Shore

About Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore is at the very northern end of Queensland’s amazing Sunshine Coast region.

It is separated from the main Noosa township by the Noosa River and is located away from the shops, highrises and bustling community of Noosa Heads.

Noosa North Shore is approximately 160 kms or a 2 hour drive from the capital city of Brisbane.

Discover the Noosa Everglades during your stay, one of only 2 in the entire world. The only other Everglades is in Florida in the United States.

While Noosa North Shore is located in the Great Sandy National Park and is surrounded by incredible Lakes and Rainforest with amazing walking trails and 4wd tracks.

It is teaming with incredible native wildlife and birdlife without the concern of Crocodiles or the Dingo’s of Fraser Island just a few kms away.

The Great Sandy National Park is divided into two areas, the Cooloola Recreation Area which covers 45,000 acreas from Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach.

The other area of the Great Sandy National Park is the magnificent Fraser Island (K’gari) which covers 140,000 kms.

This is an extraordinary part of the Sunshine Coast region and a popular fun place to visit and enjoy for lots of adventures.

New Noosa North Shore Camping Facilities

#Update Jan 2020. The Campground closed in 2019 and re-opened in 2020. The park underwent significant renovations and changes.

New toilets are now available throughout the Noosa North Shore Campground.

The original amenities block still remains but it has had a significant upgrade also.

A large camp kitchen has been built which is including new BBQ’s and heaps of seating and tables.

Noosa North Shore Camping
Noosa North Shore Camping
Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground new toilet block
New toilets

Open cold water outdoor beach showers are also available as you come back from your swim to the camping area.

Sites are now marked and are quite large, suitable for Caravans, Campers or Motorhomes.

New concrete paths around the campground have been installed to make it easier and safely to walk around the Noosa North camping ground.

The Park now accommodates a lot more powered sites than previously with most sites now having powered access.

Noosa North Shore Campground Camp Kitchen
New outdoor showers at Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground

There is no drinking water so bring that with you as well as cash to pay for the Ferry and Campground costs.

Are Pets allowed when camping at Noosa North Shore

Pets are not permitted in the Noosa North Shore Camping ground or in the reserve.

There are so many amazing wild animals that hang out around the Campground.

Generators and Fires are also not allowed at the Campground.

In 2020 huge bushfires came very close to destroying Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground but did burn much of the local bushlands.

The Noosa North Shore Camping ground is surrounded by National Park.

Looking down on Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground
Noosa North Shore Camping

We had have Telstra and Vodafone coverage in the Campground however we did find it slow. At the beach we had normal good coverage with both networks.

The beach is great for swimming and fishing. Also keep an eye out for the horse riders which come up the beach most days.

4WD’s can not access the beach in front of the Campground. Access is to the south and to the north however the area in front of the campground is inaccessible.

To drive on the beach you will need a Vehicle Permit for Cooloola which is available from Queensland Parks and Forest.

You can access the website to purchase your permit here.

Noosa North Shore Beaachfront Campground from above
Fishing at Noosa North Shore
Fishing Noosa North Shore

Cost to stay is:
Update as at May 2022 – Off peak stay for 2 people, Beach area $51 for powered site, Bush camp $48 powered. Unpowered sites are $36. Extra person over 5 years old is $11.50 per night.

Our stays at the Noosa North Shore Camping ground were 18-24th April and 27th to 31st August 2018

Check out the video for a look around this fabulous campground although it has changed since this footage was taken.

Noosa North Shore Camping ground is one of our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia.

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How to contact Noosa North Shore Beach Campground:

Phone: 07 5449 8811
Address: 240 Wilderness Track, Noosa North Shore, Queensland
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How to get to Noosa North Shore Camping ground:

From Noosa follow the main road in to Tewantin to Poinciana Avenue to the roundabout at Moorindil Street.

Follow Moorindil Street to the Noosa River where the Tewantin Ferry will take you across to Noosa North Shore.

The Beach at Noosa North Shore
Noosa North Shore beach

Once you are off the Ferry follow the road ahead.

Take the bend to the right in to Beach Road past Noosa North Shore Retreat and follow the road all the way to Noosa North Shore Camping ground on your right.

The Ferry costs to cross the Noosa River is $7 for a car, $9 for our 8m Motorhome and $16 for 4WD and Caravan to go one way.

You can only pay the Ferry by cash.

Check out all of the awesome spots for: Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Teewah Beach
Cherry Venture Wreck Teewah Beach

What else is there to do around Noosa North Shore?

Teewah Beach

Head up the beach in your 4WD to Teewah Beach for more great swimming and fishing.

Discover what is left of the Cherry Venture shipwreck and see the Double Island Point Lighthouse before heading over to the stunning bay and calm waters at Double Island Point.

Noosa Everglades
Noosa Everglades

Noosa Everglades

Visit the Noosa Everglades, one of only two of its kind in the world.

Take a kayak and yak your way up and down the river and discover the amazing eco system.

You will want a 4WD to navigate the tracks through the Cooloola National Park to get there.

There are a number of tours if you don’t have access to a 4WD or would rather have someone else look after the trip for you.

Book your Cruise ‘n’ Canoe Noosa Everglades EcoSafari Tour here>

Boiling Pot at Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park

A visit to the Noosa region has to include taking a walk around the incredible Noosa National Park.

This is a truly beautiful part of Queensland with stunning bays, gorgeous beaches and a walking trail that provides some of the countries most wonderful views.

You can swim, snorkel and go fishing or find the Rock Pools near the tip of your walk at Hell’s Gate.

Take water with you and good comfortable walking shoes.

Horse riding on the beach at Noosa North Shore
Horse Riding Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore Horse Riding

During your stay at Noosa North Shore you can go Horse Riding along the beach.

Equathon caters for horse riders of any skill level and there’s a beautiful horse to suit every rider.

Ride the horse along Noosa North Shore which goes up to the front of the Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground.

Visit the Equathon website for more information.

Check out these other interesting blogs for things to see and do in the region:

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Other great places to stay in the region:

Have you enjoyed camping at the Noosa North Shore?

Tell us about your experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Whalebone Bay Campground, Denham WA

Whalebone Bay Campground

Just 26kms south of Denham in Western Australia is the Whalebone Bay Campground which is a fabulous place to stay for 24 hours.

The Whalebone Bay camping area is located looking directly out over the bay with spectacular views and stunning sunsets.

Whalebone Bay Campground Sunset
Whalebone Bay sunset

Access is via the main Highway road on to a dirt road which has some corrugations and is 2kms from the beach and camping area.

Only 4 permits are issued each day and therefore it is always quiet and you won’t have many neighbours if any at all.

There are no facilities at Whalebone Bay Campground. This means there are no bins, no water, no power and no toilets. Fires are also not permitted.

View of Whalebone Bay from our Motorhome Door
Whalebone Bay Campground Views

There is a water station as you enter Denham, the cost for drinking water is $1 for 20 litres.

There is a Dump Point at the Information Centre in town.

We had limited Telstra coverage however no Optus of Vodafone.

Is the Whalebone Bay Campground Pet Friendly?

Whalebone Bay Campground is pet friendly and we had our dog MACKS with us.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Lookout

Whalebone Bay Campground Permit

You need to go to the Information Centre in town and book your camping permit there. The Rangers came each day and were strict on only 24 hour stays.

Back in 2016 when we visited they did allow us to stay a second night but that is not possible now.

Permits are for strictly 24hrs only and you can now only stay at one of the 4 Shark Bay campgrounds – Whalebone Bay, Fowler’s Camp, Eagle Bluff or Goulet Bluff.

Beachside camping at Whalebone Bay Campground
Fishing in front of our campsite at Whalebone Bay Campground

We recommend walking to the top of the small hill beside the camping area to see fabulous views out over the bay and along the coastline.

From atop here we saw sting rays and sharks in the clear turquoise waters below.

Late in the afternoon and after dark we found best for fishing. High tide we found was best.

I tried to hide from the wind as best I could to create the video with only limited success however it gives you a good look around.

The cost to stay is $15 a night.

Our stay was 28-29 September and 3rd October 2016

Looking down on Whalebone Bay
Stunning Whalebone Bay

Find more details here on our favourite Low Cost Campgrounds around Oz.

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

How to find Whalebone Bay Campground

From Shark Bay Road take the turnoff to Whalebone Bay along the dirt road for 2kms until you reach the beach.

It was a bit corrugated however we drove slowly in our 2WD Motorhome and did it easily.

Find a space to camp at the Whalebone Bay Campground on the waters edge and enjoy the fabulous sunset.

How to book a site at Whalebone Bay and stay

To book and receive your permit to stay at Whalebone Bay Campground you need to contact the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Information Centre in Denham.

You can personally visit or call the Information Centre on 08 9948 1590.

Things to See and Do in and around Denham

While in Denham and Whalebone Bay we enjoyed visiting a number of great places to see.

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is a short drive from Denham and is infamous for it’s dolphin feeding. It gets very busy and hundreds of people are usually there most days. Only approx 5 people are chosen to feed the dolphins.

https://www.sharkbay.org/place/monkey-mia/

Monkey Mia Dolphin Feeding
Monkey Mia

Ocean Park Aquarium

We visited the Ocean Park Aquarium which was excellent. Take the tour and see the shark feeding along with a large range of fish and marine species. 

It is located just 8kms south of Denham and 18kms north from Whalebone Bay.

Cost for the Ocean Park Aquarium is $27 per adult and $19 per child.

https://oceanpark.com.au/

Shell Beach

Shell Beach is an extraordinary beach in Shell Bay approx 20kms further south east of Whalebone Bay Camping area.

The beach is made up only of Cockle Shells for 60kms and is up to 10m deep. It is one of only 2 beaches in the world made up only of shells.

The ocean water within the bay has a very high salt (salinity) content.

Shell Bay is free to visit and has easy access from the carpark.

Shell Beach
Cockle Shells on Shell Beach

Read more: 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Lucky Bay Campground, Cape Le Grand National Park

Lucky Bay Campground

Lucky Bay Campground is located in one of Australia’s most spectacular locations overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters and incredible white silica sand in Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance in Western Australia.

Cape Le Grande National Park is 65kms east of the nearby town of Esperance.

Such an amazing location and fantastic campground, you must stay whenever visiting the region.

Site 12 at Lucky Bay Campground
Lucky Bay Campground

Cape Le Grand is approx 630kms south east from Perth, just over an 8 hour drive.

The roads to Cape Le Grand are all fully sealed and accessible by any vehicle. We did it easily in our large 8m 2wd Motorhome.

Lucky Bay Campground certainly features high on the list of our Best Beaches in Australia!

Check out our: The Best Beaches in Australia 1-10

Go swimming, fishing, snorkelling, surfing or launch your tinnie, the ocean will entice you with it’s pristine beauty.

You can even drive your 4WD down on to the beach and along the sand.

There is no camping on the beach but the Campground is so close to the sand you will feel like you are.

One of the higlights of Lucky Bay are the kangaroos
Lucky Bay Kangaroos

Lucky Bay Kangaroos

Enjoy the Kangaroos as they make themselves comfortable around your campsite and are very friendly when on the beach.

Sometimes they will come over to you and allow you to pat them and certainly grab some great photos with a stunning backdrop.

On the beach there is usually a coffee van, the Lucky Bean, that also sells ice creams, snacks and drinks.

It’s the perfect spot to sit and relax and take in the majestic views.

One of the entries from the Lucky Bay Campground onto the beach
The sand is stark white and the water a brilliant turquoise blue
The pure white sand of Lucky Bay Beach is amazing!

Lucky Bay Campground Facilities

Lucky Bay Campground has solar powered showers available although there is not always hot water.

There is no drinking water available at the campground, you will need to bring all your potable water with you for your stay.

Bins are now available although the website still states no bins are in place.

Campfires in Cape Le Grand National Park are also not allowed.

There is no internet coverage at the campground but Telstra is available near Frenchman Peak.

Are Pets Allowed at the Lucky Bay Campground?

No Pets are allowed at Lucky Bay Campground, this is National Park.

We left our dog MACKS at Country Lane Kennels on the way to here from Esperance which cost us $22 per day including food.

Costs for dogs to stay vary between $21 to $30 a night, contact Jo on 0488 929 442 to confirm the cost for your pet.

They were fantastic and we can recommend leaving your pet there.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Lucky Bay Campground is in the Cape Le Grand National Park
Cape Le Grand National Park

How to book for Lucky Bay Campground

Bookings are now available through the WA Government website and are essential prior to arriving.

Remember you will also require a Western Australia Parks Pass to enter the Cape Le Grand National Park.

An annual National Parks Pass will cost $120, or $75 if you have a concession. You can also purchase a Holiday Pass for 5 days for $25, 14 days for $40 or for 4 weeks for $60.

Aim for site number 12 where we stayed at the Lucky Bay Campground, it has outstanding views.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre .

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Enjoying our Lucky Bay Campground stay relaxing on the beach

Read about more of our Best Low Cost Campgrounds around Australia.

This is one of Australia’s most spectacular regions and is a very popular place to stay.

Our stay was 8-9th December 2016

Cost to stay at the Lucky Bay Campground is $15 per night for each Adult, $9 for Concession Card Holders and $3 per Child aged 5-15yo.

Check out our video for all the information.

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Lucky Bay Campground Contact Details:

Phone: 1800 885 775
Address: Lucky Bay Road, Cape Le Grand. Western Australia
Website

How to get to the Lucky Bay Campground:

Head North-East out of Esperance on Fisheries Road until you come to Merivale Road on your right.

Follow Merivale Road past Esperance Stonehenge until you see the sign to turn right in to Cape Le Grand Road on your right.

Continue on Cape Le Grand Road where you will pass the entrance to the National Park until you come to Lucky Bay Road on your left.

Follow Lucky Bay Road past Frenchman Peak and soon you will see the magnificent beach that is Lucky Bay. The Lucky Bay Campground is on your right.

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What is there to do in and around Lucky Bay Campground, Cape Le Grande National Park?

Frenchman Peak

Climb Frenchman Peak

Frenchman Peak was named by a surveyor named Andrew Forrest in 1870. The shape of the peak was thought to resemble that of a hat worn by French Troops.

A cave near the top is believed to have been created by waves and ocean waters 40 million years ago when sea levels were much higher then today.

This is also where you will likely get the best phone coverage in Cape Le Grand National Park.

Hellfire Bay

Relax at Hellfire Bay

Hellfire Bay and Little Hellfire Bay are incredibly spectacular beaches not far from Lucky Bay Campground.

You can swim when conditions are right and walk along this stunning beach or climb the rocks for even better views.

A visit to the region should always include seeing Hellfire Bay.

Thistle Cove

Discover Thistle Cove and Whistling Rock

Another glorious beach in Cape Le Grand National Park is Thistle Cove with rocks nearby that due to their shape provide natural sounds from the wind.

This is yet another stunning bay within the amazing Cape Le Grand National Park.

Cape Le Grand Beach

Swim at Cape Le Grand Beach

It was my opinion that this was the most breathtaking beach of them all.

It’s hard to judge which one is the best because they are all so magnificent but Cape Le Grand beach is a long stretch of the most pristine waters you could ever hope to see.

With some small waves it was a great spot to swim and enjoy the ocean.

The rock outcrop gave the beach some protection and the views over the islands just a little off shore makes this one of Australia’s most incredible beaches.

The colours of the sand and water in this region are extraordinary.

Read more: 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Pin – Lucky Bay Campground

Other great places to stay in the South West Coast of WA:

Have you stayed at the Lucky Bay Campground? Be sure to add it to your list!!

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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