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Thomas River campground is a well appointed campground in Cape Arid National Park which is accessible by two-wheel-drive vehicles. The campground has toilets, picnic tables and gas barbecues. Cape Arid is popular for birdwatching enthusiasts.
There is no drinking water available in the park so always carry your own drinking water supply.
Bring a portable gas stove for cooking.
Birdwatching is popular at Thomas River, Yokinup Bay and Mount Ragged. Cape Arid is home to about 160 bird species. Most importantly, the park provides suitable habitat for the critically endangered western ground parrot, and good populations of south-western and arid zone species.
Best time to visit: Spring and autumn.
Vehicle entry fees and camping fees apply.
Holders of the following Australian issued cards are entitled to the specified concession passes, camping or attraction fees as listed on this website.
The accompanying companion/carer of a Companion Card holder is entitled to free entry when entering an attraction or venue where 'per person' fees apply. This also applies to camping fees.
Community groups travelling on buses may be entitled to a reduction in fees so check with the local DEC office before you visit.
Holders of Recreation Fishing licences may enter a park at no charge if they are entering for the purpose of their licence - licence to be shown on request.
Organised outings for disabled groups, aged and infirm groups or education and study groups accompanied by their carers may be eligible for an entry fee waiver. Request for consideration of fee waivers can be made to the Parks Pass Coordinator, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983.
Bushwalking, birdwatching, photography, nature observation and fishing.
How to get there
120km east of Esperance - about 1.5 hours' drive.
Unsealed road leads to the Thomas River campground off Fisheries Road.