City of Karratha

Camping

There is no free camping within the City of Karratha. "Camping" includes sleeping in a vehicle, tent, caravan, and swag. But to find out more about what you can do, keep reading.

NOTICE: Advice to Nature Based Campers in the City of Karratha

All campers staying at either 40 Mile or Cleaverville Nature Based Camping Grounds are only permitted to stay for a maximum of 28 nights within a 3 month period.  Campers may spend 28 nights at Cleaverville and then move to 40 Mile for 28 nights as these are considered separate camping grounds.  However after this time (ie 56 nights), Campers will be required to relocate to another approved camping ground or caravan park within the region.

If you have any queries, please contact Ranger Services on 9186 8555 or enquiries@karratha.wa.gov.au

 

Cleaverville camping area

Cleaverville is a popular spot for camping or day trips just 20 minutes northwest of Karratha.  It features a number of ideal sites for camping and day trips, and great fishing spots off the beach and at the mouth of the Cleaverville Creek. The camp area offers a natural boat ramp, public toilets for day users and sullage disposal points. Bring plenty of drinking water as there is none available on site.

Download the Cleaverville Brochure (1mb PDF)
 

Gnoorea Point (40 Mile) camping area

Gnoorea Point, also known as 40-Mile is an ideal spot for anyone seeking a natural, coastal camping area. The splendour of the bay offers not only quality fishing, but also protection for those wishing to cool off in the tranquil waters. The camp area offers a natural boat ramp, public toilets for day users and sullage disposal points. Visitors should bring plenty of drinking water as there is none available on site.

Download the Gnoorea Point (40-Mile) Brochure (2mb PDF)
 

Fishing and boating

One of the best reasons for holidaying on the Pilbara Coast is the fantastic fishing! If you have your own boat, natural launch ramps are available at both camping areas.  Exercise caution when planning a trip on the water and be sure to allow for the 5-metre tides.
 

Camping fees

Camping season: 1 May to 30 September

Fees apply during the camping season and are to be paid in advance to the City of Karratha caretaker on site.  Camping fees are subject to change and are based on a per night tariff, with discounts available for longer stays. A maximum stay of 28 days applies within any three month period.

Council wishes to advise that the following fee structure for camping at Cleaverville and Forty Mile Point will apply from 1 April and are payable in full to the caretaker on site.

  • 1 Night $15
  • 7 Nights (in advance) $90

Fees are set in the City of Karratha Fees and Charges and may change at any time.

Off season: 1 October to 30 April
No fees apply during the off season.  However, the maximum length-of-stay is three nights per 28 days.

Camp site closure
The campsite can be closed at any time should the safety of the campers be threatened.  During the cyclone season (November to April) the camp sites will be closed from Blue Alert until the All Clear is given.

 

Conditions of Camping per the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995

  • Caretakers, Rangers and Police are Authorised Officers; their lawful direction must be followed
  • No potable water available on site
  • Each campsite must have a chemical toilet; on-site toilets are for day users only
  • Sullage disposal points are available
  • During Camping Season, check in with the caretaker to be directed to a suitable site
  • Camp only within the existing camp sites
  • Maintain a 3-metre clearance between sites
  • Site must be left tidy and clear on departure
  • Bins are for household rubbish only; rubbish must be placed in the bins or removed
  • Wrap and bin fish offal; do not discard in the water or around the beach and camp areas
  • Bring your own firewood for cooking fires; no existing foliage to be damaged
  • No open fires of any type on very high or higher fire danger days
  • Antisocial behavior is not tolerated
  • Dogs are permitted under provisions of the Dog Act 1976
  • Be courteous with the use of generators; switch off between 10pm and 6am
  • Drive only on existing tracks; watch for wildlife, vehicles and pedestrians
     

Illegal Camping

It is an offence to camp, other than in a registered caravan park or designated camping ground/nature-based camping area. Any person found camping in an area other than a registered/designated camping location, will receive an on-the-spot $100 fine.  Find out more about where you can camp: Download the Camping in the City of Karratha info sheet (0.9mb PDF)

Rest Stops

There are three 24-hour rest stops conveniently located near Karratha;
Robe River Roadhouse and Miaree Pool, both between Onslow and Karratha, and West Peawah Roadhouse between Karratha and Port Hedland.
For information on rest stops and road closures visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.