Camping in Shark Bay

With low rainfall and warm weather all year round Shark Bay is the perfect place to go camping. Campsites are spread across the World Heritage Area and range from fully serviced commercial sites to remote bush camping locations with minimal facilities.

Commercial campgrounds and caravan parks

If you want to camp in a fully serviced campground with powered sites, hot showers and toilets there are a number of options. Caravan parks with a wide range of facilities are located in Denham,  within a short walk of the main street. Other commercial campgrounds are available around the World Heritage Area including at Nanga Bay and Monkey Mia Resorts and at the Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station. Use this website to search for a campground that suits your needs.

Bush and national park camping

Bush camping is a great way to fully immerse yourself in Shark Bay’s natural environment. Basic camping areas are provided at several sites in Francois Peron National Park including Big Lagoon, Herald Bight, Bottle Bay, Gregories and South Gregories. Each of these sights has toilets and gas BBQ’s but no running water. Campfires are not permitted.  They are all located north of the Peron Homestead and therefore you will need a 4WD to get there. Remember to drop your tyre pressure as the tracks are notoriously soft and have trapped many a vehicle. Each of the camping sites is within a short distance of the water and allow for small boats to be launched from the beach.

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Camping at Bottle Bay in Francois Peron National Park

Some important things to remember when visiting Shark Bay:

  • Facilities are limited across Shark Bay and there is virtually no water except in the main tourist areas of Denham and Monkey Mia. Take all your own supplies with you.
  • The remoteness of many sites means that you will need recovery equipment, sufficient spares and a good communication system.
  • Download a copy of the suggested camping equipment checklist at right to ensure you're well prepared.
  • There are many soft sand four wheel drive tracks in Shark Bay. Download the 'Four wheel driving in Shark Bay' information sheet here.
  • Campfires are not permitted in areas managed by Parks and Wildlife, as explained here.
  • Please watch out for wildlife on roads and do not feed wildlife.

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Download a checklist of camping equipment for a 4WD trip to Shark Bay here.

On the western side of Shark Bay camping is possible at Steep Point and on Tamala Station. These sites are popular with fisherman and nature lovers who seek a remote camping experience. Again these sites are only accessible by 4WD vehicle and very basic facilities are provided including some toilets and a small number of rubbish bins. Remember to take all supplies and equipment with you including water and sufficient fuel. Access to both areas is controlled by a permit system. Contact the ranger at Steep Point and the managers at Tamala Station for more information.

Camping is also possible on Dirk Hartog Island at remote sites mainly in the northern half of the island. At some sites basic shelters are provided whilst at others there are no facilities at all. The island is accessible either by boat or 4WD via Steep Point. The 4WD barge operates seasonally on a booking system and you will need to contact the Dirk Hartog Island Homestead to organise your camping trip. Campsites on the island’s east coast are also available for people with boats, however the 35km journey from Denham should not be taken lightly as southerly winds can make the passage treacherous. Contact the homestead for more information.

Very basic camping is available at some sites on South Peron for people in 2WD vehicles with prior arrangement with the Shire of Shark Bay. Visit our South Peron section for contact details.