Paid Camping

camping in the shire of irwin

Important information. 

Stage Two of the Indian Ocean Drive Improvement Works project will commenced on April 17. This project will see the construction of two passing lanes (one northbound and one southbound), 33 kilometres of widening, the installation of audible edge lines and realignment of crests and curves.

Indian Ocean Drive from the Eneabba Coolimba Road (north of Leeman) to the junction of the Brand Highway will be temporarily closed from April 17 until November 2024.

During this time, the coastal camping nodes of Knobby Head and Freshwater Point will not be accessible.

The Cliff Head campsite will remain open but will only be accessed (to and from) via the north.

All road users wishing to travel along Indian Ocean Drive will be detoured via Eneabba-Coolimba Road and Brand Highway.

If you would like more information about the works you can go to the Main Roads website at or call them on 138 138

Camping in the Shire of Irwin

The Cliffhead, Freshwater Point and Knobby Head campsites provide beach camping at its finest. Sandy beaches, cliffs and an array of flora and fauna present the ideal camping locations for beach and water activities.

There is NO FREE CAMPING within the Shire of Irwin. Please only camp within designated camping areas or at local accommodation sites such as caravan parks. Camping fees at $20 per vehicle per night will apply to all camping along Indian Ocean Drive within the Shire of Irwin. Camping is permitted for a maximum of three nights per visit.

Patrol Officers

Patrolling Officers will conduct regular patrols and on-the-spot fines may be issued. An officer will be available onsite to take camping fees via EFTPOS and Pay Stations are located at Cliff Head, Freshwater Point and Knobby Head for cash and voucher payments.


Campfires are allowed from May 1 until September 30.

They are NOT permitted during the total fire ban months of October through to April each year. Please keep yourself up to date by visiting for current fire bans and restrictions.

Collecting firewood from the campsite surrounds is prohibited so please ensure you bring enough from home or purchase firewood locally.


Pets are welcome but need to remain on a lead within the campsite. Please be mindful of fox baits that may be set in nearby bushland areas. Dog waste bags are offered throughout the Shire and waste should be disposed of each time in the bins provided.

Further Information

  • Maximum vehicle speed through the Indian Ocean Drive campsites is 8 km/per hour.
  • Please respect the fragile dune system by using designated tracks only.
  • Use of generators is welcome between 8am and 10pm.

Accomodation in the Shire of Irwin

Information about other accomodation options and local caravan parks can be found here.

Information for Ratepayers

If you are a ratepayer in the Shire of Irwin, you are entitled to 10 x nights camping at no charge each financial year. All other visitors will be charged $20 per vehicle per night.

Ratepayers can obtain camping vouchers by contacting the Shire Administration Office in person or by calling 9927 0000. Vouchers can be collected in person or posted to the ratepayer's residential address.


For  any further enquries, please contact the Shire of Irwin on  9927 0000 or email 

Paid Camping

RV Overnight Stay

The RV Overnight Stay at the Dongara Town Oval caters for self-contained RV/Caravans only, at a rate of $10 per vehicle with a Patrol Officer visiting daily to collect fees via cash or EFTPOS.

A maximum of 1 night stay is permitted. 

Please respect other visitors and residents during your stay and make use of the rubbish bins and dump point facility provided. 

For further information including directions, please click on the links to brochures below or contact the Shire of Irwin Administration & Visitors Centre on 9927 0000. 

Camping Info

Camping information

Shire of Irwin Camping Brochure 

    Open Campsites

    Open camp sites 

    • Cliff Head (North and South) - is only be accessible (to and from) via the north until NOVEMBER 2024.
    • Knobby Head - CLOSED UNTIL NOVEMBER 2024
    • Freshwater Point - CLOSED UNTIL NOVEMBER 2024
    • RV Overnight Stay, Dongara Town Oval, Waldeck Street
    Closed Campsites

    Closed camp sites

    • Seven Mile Beach