We like to bang on about Western Australia’s incredibly scenic geography for a reason – it’s worth getting out there and seeing! Sometimes it’s easy to forget we have so many unique landscapes right in our backyard, but they’re all there just waiting to be discovered.
One way to do it is hopping around the various Caravan Parks we have up, down and east of the city, some only a short drive away, and perched up in world-renowned locations just waiting for further exploration. Below you’ll find 10 of the best, and if you’re really getting serious about it, we can’t recommend enough the WikiCamps App, which will give you up-to-date information courtesy of campers themselves.
Mandalay Holiday Resort & Caravan Park
There’s a vast array of options for camping/caravan sites down south, and Busselton’s Mandalay Holiday Resort & Caravan Park is one of the best rated. There’s plenty of fixed 2-/3-bed accommodation options, along with en suite and powered camp sites. It’s the perfect gateway to the south west region, situated right in between Busselton and Dunsborough, and the heated pool even has a huge slide!
Photo via @mandalayresort
Esperance Seafront Caravan Park
Much like the town in which it lives, Esperance Seafront encapsulates the laid back vibe of the area to a tee. 30m from the beach and a very pleasant 2km beach walk from town, there’s plenty of space across 170 powered tent and camper sites, there’s also cabin/cottage options if that’s more your bag.
Photo by @4boysandacaravan
Seaspray Beach Holiday Park
Dongara’s Seaspray Caravan puts you right on the edge of the beach amidst WA’s coral coast, but also has the gorgeous Irwin River right behind it, so you’re spoilt for choice RE: water activities. Most caravan sites have an en suite area, and the barbecue/pool area is perfect to unwind and maybe meet a few neighbourinos over a snag or two.
Photo by @kelvenkuang
Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park
While it might not seem like a huge getaway being less than an hour out of Perth, Mandurah’s premier caravan park is worth your time. Putting you smack bang in the middle of town, this one’s great for families with a heap of activities and specila events just for them. Perfect while you cook up the feast of crabs you caught earlier in the day.
Photo by @dj_imagery
Hamelin Bay Holiday Park
Hamelin Bay has been a camping/caravanning hot spot in our State’s deeper southwest for years, and the Holiday Park puts you right on the beach. A killer fishing spot, head inland for some incredible forest walks before spending sunset back on the beach, bombarded by the world renowned stingray population, who don’t mind getting up close and personal.
Photo by @aaronmdodds
Taunton Farm Holiday Park
A little further back up north between Margaret River and Cowaramup and you’ll find a true farming experience at Taunton. Situated on a working beef and sheep farm, it’s perfect for those seeking a fun, rustic experience for the family, with daily animal feeding and a large barn style campers’ kitchen complete with a big toasty log fire.
Photo by @indyandmarionsadventures
Denham Seaside Caravan Park
The friendly folks at Denham Seaside Caravan Park are the perfect hosts for your sunny Shark Bay stay, offering beachfront views and a variety of different accommodation options. It’s a short walk to town, and there’s a host of water-based activities, including of course Monkey Mia’s world-renowned dolphins.
Photo by @ashleighmay__
Big Brook Arboretum
Big Brook Arboretum is a few kilometres from Big Brook Dam, in Pemberton along the Karri Forest Explorer drive. It’s an incredibly unique part of the state, filled with exotic trees planted years ago to see how they’d fair in the local climate/soil. It’s all part of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, combining these exotic forests with untouched beaches. The campgrounds are suitable for tents, campervans, camper trailers and caravans, with picnic tables, barbecues and toilets provided.
Photo by @kilometerslovers
Jurien Bay Tourist Park
Another option a little closer to home and the perfect Autumn escape, Jurien Bay Tourist Park is right on the picturesque Turqoise Bay, a fishing, snorkelling and swimming hot spot. In land there’s also plenty of exploring to do, including limestone caves like Stockyard Gully, and it’s only a 25 minute drive to The Pinnacles.
Photo by @eatprayloveplay
If you’re tired of our stunning coastline and want to explore somewhere relatively close to Perth, the Dwelling region has a whole lot for you. Bushwalking, mountain biking, canoeing and fishing are all on offer around Nanga Brook, with a peaceful campground that’s a little more barebones (for those who don’t need it all laid out for them) than others on this list.
Photo by @rodjownsu
Header photo via Hamelin Bay Caravan Park