Tag Archives: Western Australia

Margaret River, WA

Finding a vacancy in Margaret River over the Easter break was quite challenging. Although Riverview Tourist Park was a little suburban, it is on the bank of the Margaret River and less than a kilometre from the town centre. The walk along the river into town was really lovely. On the opposite side of the river is the Keenan State Forest, with well established walking paths or cycling paths and various bridges over weirs crossing from one side to the other.

The town of Margaret River reminded us a little of Byron Bay: a little bit hippy, surfy and very relaxed. The main difference being the temperature, staying below 17°C for all but our last 2 days.

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Bunbury, WA

Bunbury is Western Australia’s 3rd largest city, situated between Perth and Margaret River. Arriving on a Thursday it was difficult to find a caravan park with vacancies over the weekend including the National Parks and forests. We were lucky to get into Bunbury Riverside Cabin, Caravan and Camping. The new section they opened last year is beautiful, more grass than any other park we’ve stayed at, new amenities and camp kitchen, very flat, easy turning circles, it’s great.

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Fremantle, WA

Woodman Point Caravan Park is just outside Fremantle, about an hour from Perth. We needed a big city to buy a new washing machine and get the dodgy satnav on the Ranger looked at by a Ford Dealer. We’d recommend this park if you need somewhere near to Perth. It was well set out with lovely green spaces, the only drawback being that our site was very close to the main road and we heard a bit of traffic noise at night.

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Busselton, WA

Busselton is a beautiful little town, and it turned on the sunshine, blue skies and warm weather for us. Yay!

We were told about Busselton’s  ‘Holy Mile’ before leaving Big Brook Arboretum. The  ‘Holy Mile’  is a stretch of land on a beautiful beachfront divided into 16 campgrounds and leased (since the 1920s) by various ‘not for profit’ organisations, mostly churches.  They all accomodate group camps such as youth groups and school groups etc. and most have a handful of sites for caravans. With the waning of church youth camps over the years we suspect they look for added income by inviting caravans and campers. So we checked it out and have spent a lovely few nights at the Anglican Church Campsite. The sites have power and water, there is a laundry, toilet and shower blocks, dump point and you can walk straight onto a beautiful swimming beach. It’s very quiet, 10km from the town centre, and half the price of the caravan parks in town.

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Coalmine Beach, WA

The loveliest camp site we have been in all trip. Coalmine Beach Holiday Park is in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

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Albany, WA

The National ANZAC Centre , Albany.

“On November 1, 1914, 30,000 young Australians and New Zealanders departed from Albany in Western Australia on board a flotilla of ships bound for Egypt and the battlefields of the Great War. The ANZAC legend wasn’t even born as the 38 ships steamed out of the whaling port bound for Alexandria in Egypt, but just six months later on April 25, 1915 that legend would be forged on the beaches and rocky hillsides of the Turkish coast at a place called Gallipoli. The convoy carrying the first Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force included the cruisers HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney as well as the Royal Navy’s HMS Minotaur. It was joined at sea two days later by ships carrying troops from WA and South Australia under escort by the Japanese cruiser HIJMS Ibuki.” The Centenary of  ANZAC .  At the time of WW1 Japan was an ally of Britain, they did not enter the war but the Japanese Navy were called upon to escort and protect the allied fleets. “The troopships might be ready for embarkation but with the whereabouts of several German warships uncertain, Imperial authorities remained unwilling to risk their passage across the Indian Ocean until a sufficiently powerful naval escort could be assembled.” Australian Navy.  The troop ships were converted merchant ships and passenger liners, so had no way to defend themselves. Femantle was suggested for the first convoy to assemble, refuel and take on supplies. However, Albany was eventually chosen because its large safe harbour was able to accommodate many ships.

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Bremer Bay, Wave Rock and Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Tour, WA

Bremer Bay is known for some of the best fishing in south west Australia. It’s a remote and very quiet little place. There’s one shop that acts as post office, general store, bottle shop, petrol station, hardware and everything else. The caravan park is nice, grassy with a tennis court, playground and well kept amenities. The beach is a 1km walk down the road and through some sand dunes. Being 17oC and raining put a dampener on things. We did go swimming in the bay, once, mandatory really. The men nearby trying to fish were a little disgruntled but we didn’t stay long, just long enough for our limbs to go numb.

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Esperance, WA

We arrived in Esperance to smoke filled skies, a red sun and bush fires (lit by lightning storms) burning  out of control in the area.

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Crossing the Nullarbor: Streaky Bay to Esperance.

We left Streaky Bay Wednesday morning and headed west. Stopped at Ceduna to visit the Aboriginal Art Centre which has the most beautiful art work.

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