Staying overnight in the great outdoors is a tradition for many Australians and the Shire of Irwin has many options to suit all needs.

The following information outlines where you can camp and what facilities are provided for the travelling folk.

Camping Locations

You can view a printable flyer here

Coastal Nodes

Free camping right on the beach, nature based camping is allowed for up to 72 hours at coastal nodes:

  • Cliff Head
  • Knobby Head
  • Fresh Water Point
  • Seven Mile Beach- only self-contained vehicles are permitted as there are no facilities. (Temporarily Closed)

You can camp for up to 3 nights in any period of 28 consecutive days in the Shire of Irwin, the coastal nodes including Cliff Head, Fresh Water Point and Knobby Head are classified as one location.

Currently no fee applies however we encourage visitors to support local businesses located in Dongara-Port Denison.

Overnight Rest Area

(Temporarily Closed) Located within the Dongara town centre at the Town Oval on Waldeck Street for self-contained vehicles only for a one night in any 28 consecutive days. This site has a Waste Dump Point which has been reopened and is in use. Mobile power generators external to the vehicle should only be used up to two hours and not operating after 10 pm. Externally strung washing lines are not permitted.

Overflow Camping

Also located at the Town Oval in Dongara. Camping is provided at a cost of $15 per person or $30 per family for all campers to accommodate the excess influx of visitors during peak tourist periods when existing accommodation providers are operating at full capacity. Such as the Easter long weekend. The fee is paid to the Ranger each night by all users, however, fully self contained travellers can access 1 nights accommodation only in the free camping area at the eastern end of the oval as shown on signs.


To camp when used as a verb, includes to camp in a vehicle.

Road side rest area means an area designated by a traffic sign erected in accordance with a written law, as an area which may be used for 24 hours for

  1. Resting
  2. Stopping; or
  3. Camping

In a vehicle.

A self-contained vehicle must carry a minimum of 20 liters of fresh water, have waste (grey) water holding tank capacity, have a portable toilet cassette, all waste must be retained within the confines of the vehicle and nothing released to ground.

Dogs must be kept on a leash or in control at all times, during the night they are to be locked inside the camping equipment. Dog waste bags are provided at Seaspray Beach, Port Denison Foreshore and Irwin River.

Camp Fires are prohibited at the Town Oval and during the months of October to April at all other locations.


The Shire of Irwin has several facilities for the Caravan and Camping traveler free of charge or a minimum cost including:-

Waste Dump Point at the Town Oval, Waldeck Street, Dongara.

Fresh Water is available to fill up tanks for a few 20c coins on Point Leander Drive, Port Denison near the Recreation Boat Ramp and another one located closer to the Obelisk.

Public Toilets are provided in Dongara, Port Denison, Knobby Head, Cliff Head and Big Freshwater Point.

Long Vehicle Parking is available at the Town Oval on Waldeck Street, this is a short walk to the Visitors Centre and main street Moreton Terrace in Dongara.

Rubbish Bins are provided throughout the Shire. Please leave no trace and take only memories.

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