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Allison Camping Ground/Caroline Thomson
Cabins, Rottnest Island
Where is it? The campground and cabins are located near Bathurst
Lighthouse; a short stroll from The Basin, one of Rottnest Island’s
most popular family beaches.
Why it’s great for families The campground is set among bushland and
shady trees and the island itself is laid back, there are no cars, great beaches,
heaps of free guided walks, adorable quokkas, bike hire, extensive walk and
cycle paths, historical artefacts, and a riot of paid tours too.
What is there? The campground offers basic camping facilities with barbecues,
lighting and water tap as well as a nearby ablution block. The cedar-clad cabins
consist of one large space which contains a kitchenette, two sets of bunks and a
double bed with a separate bathroom.
Tips Bookings are essential for campsites during peak periods, however, they
are not balloted. Caroline Thomson Cabins are only balloted twice a year during
January and the Easter school holidays.
Don’t miss Hiring a bike and exploring the island.
Bookings/more information Call the Rottnest Island B Shed Visitor
Centre on (08) 9432 9111 or visit rottnestisland.com. Bookings can be
made through bookings.rottnestislandonline.com. Remember that you’ll
need to book early for holiday periods.
Guilderton Caravan Park, Moore River
Where is it? Under 100km north of Perth.
Why it’s great for families The park is nestled between the mouth of Moore River
and the open ocean. The town is very quiet – there are few cars. There’s a country
club offering kids lawn bowls, tennis, free mini putt and a skate ramp. There’s
canoe and paddleboat hire, river cruises, beach and river fishing and 4WD tracks.
What is there? The park features 114 sites, 103 of which are powered, and 10
chalets. There are also ablution blocks, a camp kitchen with free barbecues,
kettles and microwave, laundry facilities, chemical dump point, library and
information centre and a shop next door.
Tips There’s not much in the way of eating out in Guilderton so come fully stocked
with most of your food and equipment to cook it.
Don’t miss Fishing from the beach or banks of the river.
Bookings/more information (08) 9577 1021 or guildertoncaravanpark.com.au.
People’s Park Caravan Village, Coral Bay.
Rottnest Island (Photography Tourism WA)
Bayview Coral Bay or People’s Park
Caravan Village, Coral Bay
Where is it? About 1200km north of Perth.
Why it’s great for families Coral Bay is heaven
for families. There’s no need to drive after you
arrive, the beach is stunning and protected
and you need only step metres from the shore
to enter the enchanting coral gardens of the
Ningaloo Reef. Then there’s glass-bottom boat
tours, snorkel tours, swimming with manta
rays, swimming with whale sharks, quad bikes,
kayaks – the list goes on.
What is there? Both caravan parks offered a
range of accommodation, from unpowered
or powered camp sites to cabins and villas.
People’s Park is virtually on the beach and
has beach volleyball nets while Bayview is
close to the beach and has a swimming pool,
two playgrounds, beach volleyball net and
Tips Book early, especially for holiday
periods which may be booked out more
than a year in advance.
Don’t miss Checking out Ningaloo Reef –
whether it’s on a glass-bottom boat tour,
snorkelling or on another of the many available
tours. In-season swimming with whale shark
tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience for
older kids and adults.
Bookings/more information Call People’s Park
on (08) 9942 5933 or Bayview on (08) 9385
6655, or visit the websites peoplesparkcoralbay.
com or coralbaywa.com.
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