Western Australia’s south-west coast is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Australia. Well known for a range tourist attractions, local delicacies and events all year round, it’s a popular family getaway during the school holidays.
If you’re looking for some of the best family caravan parks in the region, with space for a large van, utilities and plenty of budget-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained, here’s five must-visit caravan parks you’ll be glad you found.
Located in Albany, Middleton Beach Holiday Park is operated by BIG4 holiday parks. Set right next to the beach, it has a range of facilities to keep the whole family entertained.
The park is also close to some great tourist attractions and activities. This includes scenic walks, fishing spots, restaurants, surfing locations and national parks. If you’ve picked your season right, you may even spot some migrating whales from the numerous lookouts or while on a whale watching charter.
There are loads of free activities available at Middleton Beach Holiday Park. Facilities include a pool, small cinema, games room and playground. The seaside location also means it’s only a short walk to the beach where the whole family can collect seashells and jump in the water for a quick dip.
This is where Middleton Beach Holiday Park really shines as a family holiday hotspot. Caravan parking choices include powered sites with cement pads or powered ensuite sites with private shower, toilet and basin. Other accommodation options including onsite vans to luxury chalets.
Located in the heart of the town, the Margaret River Tourist Park is close to several must-see tourist attractions. A short walk and you’ll find yourself in the Margaret River town centre where you can view local art galleries or purchase fresh produce at the weekend farmers’ markets.
Margaret River Tourist Park has a range of onsite facilities such as a swimming pool, playground and giant jumping pillow. There’s also some great tourist attractions and sight-seeing destinations close by.
Lock up your caravan and take a short 5-minute trip by car to Amaze’n Margaret River. Race the family through a giant half hectare hedge maze or take a swing at the 18-hole mini golf. Amaze’n Margaret River is also surrounded by botanical gardens.
For the more adventurous, why not venture into one of the many spectacular local caves. The caves were formed approximately 1 million years ago and can be explored on either a guided or self-guided tour.
The park has various ensuite and powered caravan facilities. You will also have access to a campers’ kitchen, BBQ facilities, and a guest laundry.
Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is located on the beach in Karridale, Western Australia, just south of Margaret River. It’s a popular family holiday spot where you can see abundant aquatic wildlife.
Grab the family and head down to the beach to try spotting the patrolling stingrays which come close to shore to feed. You can get up close to these docile creatures, just remember to stay clear of the barbs in their tails if swimming near them.
The beach also provides a great fishing spot for the whole family. Take the kids down and teach them how it’s done while explaining all the times you’ve caught gigantic fish in the past.
Hamelin Bay Holiday Park offers several large caravan sites. They also have the option to park your caravan in more secluded locations for added privacy. No need to disconnect from technology, powered sites mean you will have access to electricity during your stay.
Located just out of Margaret River, Gracetown Caravan Park is surrounded by bushland and scenic views. Home to a wide range of wildlife such as kookaburra’s, parrots and kangaroos, the whole family will feel at one with nature.
Located within the Gracetown Caravan Park is a range of family-friendly facilities. These include a mini-golf course, a playground and waterslide for the kids. Adults may also enjoy a game of tennis or volleyball on the park’s tennis and volleyball courts.
Once you’ve explored the onsite facilities, speak to the team at Gracetown Caravan Park to organise tours of the wider region.
Gracetown Caravan Park has large powered caravan sites located in naturally shady areas. Wide access makes navigating the park a breeze, no matter the size of your caravan. Each site offers privacy with ample space to set up an annex, camping chairs and a table.
Emu Beach Holiday Park is in Albany, 10 minutes from the city centre. Set in well-maintained natural surroundings, the park is perfect for families who love to explore nature while on their caravanning holiday.
Onsite facilities at Emu Beach Holiday Park include a jumping pillow, mini-golf course and recreation room with pool and ping pong tables. For active parents, there’s a cycle pathway to Albany’s city centre.
Emu Beach Holiday Park is also a short walk to a protected swimming area, ideal for younger children. Take a stroll to the nearby boat ramp and you’ll spot pelicans, stingrays and enjoy some of the freshest fish and chips available. Speak to the team at the holiday park about exploring the local waters on a guided boat tour.
This park offers a range of grass and slab caravan sites. Ensuite sites which include a toilet, shower and hand basin are also available. The modern and well-maintained facilities and picturesque location are sure to make this one of your favourite family holiday destinations.
This article is written by Alex Hamilton, who recommends Lewis RV – A West Australian family owned business specialising in new and used caravans for all types of travellers. You can catch Alex on Google+.