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 available around the World Heritage Area include those at Nanga Bay, Monkey Mia Resort and Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station.

Bush and national park camping

'image description'Camping at Bottle Bay in Francois Peron National Park

National Park Camping

Camp sites within the National Parks are only accessible by high clearance 4WD vehicles.

Francois Peron National Park
Camp sites include:
-Big Lagoon
-Herald Bight
-Bottle Bay
-South Gregories.

Each of these sights has toilets and some have gas BBQ’s but there is no running water.

Edel Land National Park (Steep point)
Camp sites include:
-Shelter Bay
-The Oven

These sites are popular with fisherman and nature lovers who seek a remote camping experience. No facilities other than toilets.

Dirk Hartog Island
Camp sites include:
-The Block
-Urchin Point
-Dampiers Landing
-Withnell Point
-Sandy Point
-Louisa Bay
-Notch Point

Remote camping, no facilities. 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.

Other Camping

Tamala Station- Privately run station with numerous basic camp sites, some near the water.
South Peron - Two-wheel drive accessible. Prior arrangement made through Shire of Shark Bay.

Please remember

  • Facilities are limited across Shark Bay and there is virtually no water except in the main tourist areas of Denham and Monkey Mia.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.