Shire cracking down on illegal campers

Published on Monday, 18 December 2023 at 2:16:17 PM

With the busy summer season about to start the Shire of Ravensthorpe is asking visitors to respect our community and environment and adhere to local regulations when camping and travelling around and through our Shire. 

We understand the appeal of camping in the great outdoors, especially in our beautiful region. However, our natural spaces are shared and we need to protect them. We kindly request that all visitors refrain from illegal camping and instead make use of the various local accommodation facilities available. This approach not only enhances the overall experience but also supports the local economy.  

While the Shire of Ravensthorpe does provide two designated 48-hour free rest stops (one in Ravensthorpe and one in Hopetoun), it's crucial to note that these sites are reserved for fully self-contained vehicles that have been fitted with the proper containment of waste and waste water, in line with the CMCA Leave No Trace Policy.  Camping outside designated camping facilities, excluding private property, is not permitted. Shire rangers regularly patrol the free rest stops and Shire reserves, and will issue infringement notices to anyone not following the rules.   

Shire of Ravensthorpe CEO Matthew Bird called on visitors to do the right thing this summer.  

“The indiscriminate disposal of waste and waste water can impact the environment and become a public health issue. While we welcome visitors who do the right thing, we don’t want to see people sleeping in cars or camping in the dunes,” he said.  

“Our Shire has some truly beautiful places to stay, from campgrounds right on the beach or in the national park, to great locally owned and operated accommodation facilities. By working together, we can ensure that everyone enjoys a safe and unforgettable summer in our amazing region.” 

For more information on the designated free campsites and local accommodation options, please visit:

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