If you’re looking for great caravanning destinations, Western Australia has some of the world’s best beaches, tranquil national parks and camping spots to explore. It’s for these reasons, many people from the East Coast decide to undertake an extended holiday trip in WA or even move interstate after they’ve explored the beautiful West.
WA’s south-west is a caravanning nirvana with a location to suit most budgets and family holiday styles.
If you’re ready to pack up the car and caravan, take the kids and hit the road, there are so many great spots to experience. Here are a few school holiday favourites to discover.
Denmark Ocean Beach Caravan Park
4.5 hours’ drive from Perth is the breathtaking coastal town of Denmark. If you’re looking for a perfect balance of quiet waters and coastal bushland, Denmark’s caravan park, located eight kilometres from the city town, offers the ultimate family escape.
The park is only a short stroll to the beach, where you can experience a range of water activities including surfing and fishing. Boards are also available for hire if you have an aspiring young surfer in the family! The park is well-maintained and nestled next to stunning ocean views and key attractions to explore, including Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. Make sure you check out the Giants Treetop Walk (45-minute drive) for an educational and spectacular adventure.
Top Features: Keep the kids entertained for hours with a jumping pillow inside the park, tennis courts, go-kart hire and mini golf. There’s also a well-equipped onsite camp kitchen, hot water showers with minimal waiting times and sealed roads for the kids to explore on bikes and scooters. There are both unpowered and powered caravan sites and easy access to disabled facilities.
Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park
Mandurah foreshore is a great holiday spot to get away to if you’re after somewhere close, but ultra-pretty. The Caravan and Tourist Park is 10 minutes from the water, surrounded by Peel region attractions to keep both the big and little kids entertained. Voted as WA’s Favourite Caravan Park in 2016, the foreshore hot-spot includes a pool, playground and large camp kitchen – perfect for cooking up a storm of local seafood after a day out fishing. The park is located between the beautiful waterways of the Peel Region, native bushlands and attractions.
Top Features: Grassed and slab sites, with powered and non-powered options and ensuite van sites available. Boat, van and trailer storage is also available on site with plenty of shade.
Riverview Tourist Park, Margaret River
Margaret River is the ideal stop-over on your caravan escape. Riverview Tourist Park in Margaret River is centrally located to just a few minutes from the town centre. Explore the local world-renowned and award winning wine region and indulge in delicious local chocolate and cheeses. Margaret River is also home to some of Australia’s best beaches for surfing, fishing and swimming.
Top Features: Natural setting on the edge of the stunning Margaret River. Riverview Tourist Park in Margaret River offers a range of powered and ensuite sites perfect for caravanning enthusiasts.
Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park, Albany
A little further south lies the port town of Albany. Renowned for its magnificent beaches and rich history, it makes a great holiday destination for caravanning and camping enthusiasts. If you want to get close to the action, Emu Beach Holiday Park is a 10-minute drive from the town centre and a few metres from the beach. Boasting large powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites with wide drives to make parking family caravans easy, this spot has all the family escape essentials.
Top Features: Movie sessions in the theatre room for kids during the school holidays, spacious ensuite sites with grassed areas suitable for most caravans. Grassed or slab sites are available in both the powered and unpowered section. Pets are welcome.
Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park, Manjimup
If you’re looking for a little slice of paradise, this freshwater swimming spot makes for a fantastic family trip. Located south of Manjimup, the “pool” (which looks more like a lake) is wedged between the stunning Southern Forests for the most idyllic retreat. With a choice of concrete slabs or grassy caravan and camping spots, the campground is surrounded by lush scenery and multiple picnic spots and walking/bike trails to discover.
This tourism treasure has something for everyone. Braver kids can climb the Diamond Tree, parents can indulge at the Truffle & Wine Co and those of all ages can kick back in the floatable tractor tyres in the pool (provided free by the park).
Top Features: Shady grassed, slab or campsites, free fire pots provided by the park (must bring own firewood), well-manicured grass areas and pebble driveways around the site for kids to cycle on, two large camp kitchen and family showers. Close to Donnelly River picnic and walking spots via the Bibbulmun Track.
Hamelin Bay Holiday Park, Karridale
15 kilometres north of Augusta on the beach in Karridale is Hamelin Bay Holiday Park. This park is home to aquatic wildlife. This getaway is ideal for boating, fishing, swimming and camping. The park includes plenty of amenities to ensure a comfortable and fun caravanning experience for all.
Top Features: Almost 100 powered sites and 25 unpowered sites, camp kitchens with gas cooking and microwaves, shaded picnic spots and local kiosks, grass and concrete slabs available and wide roads for easy van access.
Honeymoon Pool, Collie River
Wellington National Park’s Honeymoon Pool camping spot made Urban List’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Camping Spots and it’s easy to see why. Tranquil and secluded, the camping ground is located at the bottom of a valley just a two-hour drive from Perth. Because the grounds are inside the National Park, camp and caravan sites cannot be reserved. The National Park has plenty of walking trails for the kids to explore and a natural pool to splash about in.
Top Features: 20 campsites suitable for small campervans only, with space for up to two vehicles (including campervan). Sites have wood BBQs and picnic tables, gas BBQs in the day use area and onsite toilets and showers. A great spot if it’s just you, your spouse and one child.
Have You Got the Right Caravan?
Investing in the right family caravan is essential for a memorable and comfy journey. At Lewis RV, we have a range of vans ideal for every family and getaway adventure. For families that want luxury combined with off-road exploring and space for the kids, our Crusader Lifechanger ‘Tribe” is sure to impress – or consider the Crusader Musketeer Palace.
If you’re seeking a little more luxury, browse through the Crusader Excalibur range, such as the Excalibur Kingsman .
For more information about how Lewis RV can assist with your next caravanning adventure, speak to one of our friendly and experienced staff.