WA camping options for Labour Day

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 14:41
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I am hoping on good recommendation for anywhere to camp out next long weekend (4 March). Ideally, it will be within 300kms of Perth, have vacancies, is affordable (see below), and has swimming options (beach/pool/river). Does anyone have any recommendation at all please?? Easy 4wd OK.

On the topic of camping prices, what is with it nowadays?! I'm sure not too long ago, typical powered tentsites at caravan parks were $12-$16. We have just made about 6 phone calls around, and the prices were $32-$58!! And these were still booked out. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I cannot afford $30+ for a night of accomodation, but I thought one of the joys of camping was the affordability of it?
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Reply By: Robjo - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 15:28

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 15:28
We are heading to Busselton on Friday for the weekend, camping in a caravan park with my wife and two young kids, and it is $60 per night!!! I was somewhat surprised by the price so I hope the facilities match the price...it does have a pool and some jumping pillow thingo...the weather is looking pretty warm for the w/e though...
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Follow Up By: Shaw - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 16:12

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 16:12
Ooooohh. That'd be Beachlands - GREAT PARK! If your kids (and yourself :) are anywhere between 2 and 50, you will love the pillow! We stayed there with 3 tents, 6 adults and 6 kids last year for 3 nights and had an ABSOLUTE ball! Did not even bother to go outside the park!

This was until we were checking out and seeing the bill! Yeah - it sure makes you think twice about camping out ;(

Don't get me wrong, Beachlands is a GREAT park, and yes, the facilities do seem like it matches the price. Gavin (owner) is a great guy who has built the park up really nicely and I would rate it the best (maybe 2nd, to one in Hahndorf, SA) caravan park I have been to in Oz (out of about 100). BUT, $60 a night for camping is really losing it's appeal at these sort of prices.
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Follow Up By: Robjo - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 16:35

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 16:35
Shaw, thanks for the feedback...we were/are a little concerned about the high temps but decided we would go anyway, your feedback makes the decision easier.
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Follow Up By: Matt (W.A.) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 21:32

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 21:32
Robjo,
We'll be there too!! With our two kids 11 and 7 y/o Boys and a Hired Camper Trailer, I'm sure you won’t miss me if you check out my Rig Pics!!! Or notice someone still trying to setup their C/T in the dark….Ha Ha

See you there.

Matt
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Follow Up By: Robjo - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:57

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:57
I'll keep any eye out for the paj...likewise if you see a 03 green/seliver hilux with a 2.5yo girl and 7 yo boy...if you don't see me listen and you will here me cursing trying to erect the tents...
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Reply By: maroni - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 16:48

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 16:48
do tell what is pool pillow seen it advertised in caravan web sites what are they??
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Reply By: froomey - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 00:52

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 00:52
try alexandra bridge, near karridale,( top spot )( right on the blackwood river ) turn left before you get to busselton on to sue's rd, all the way to the end, turn right ,heading towards augusta you will come to the blackwood river, turn right just before , you will see the sign
swimming , fishing is good. camping on the river, can't beat it.
get there early friday if possible. toilet and cold shower's only, no power.
adults $ 6.00 & children $ 2.00 per night.
take all camp gear.
you'll love it, augusta shire people come around to collect money
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