Monkey Mia Camping

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 16:18
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Hi all
We are keen to find out what camp sites in Monkey Mia you would recommend for families with young kids and 4x4 Camper trailors. Preferences would be close to the beach and the ladies would like good shower / cooking facilities. Is it necessary to book for between August - Sept this year? Oh and if anyone has travelled from Cape Levique down to Geralton and knows good spots for surfing / windsurfing. all thoughts welcome thanks James
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Reply By: Warstar - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 16:43

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 16:43
Hi, James, I doubt that you will find any camping around Monkey Mia.
It is a pretty tightly controlled area. Others may know better, but we have always stayed in CPs in Denham on our visits.

Turning now the the coast. Definitely visit 80 Mile beach

http://www.overlander.com.au/destinations/index/93/80-Mile-Beach

The above is only one of a host of links you will find thru google.

It really is a magic spot!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:19

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:19
Have you been there LOL ?
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 16:57

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 16:57
http://www.monkeymia.com.au/site/awdep.asp?depnum=11492&submenu=Caravan&Camping this is where we stayed in June 2008, very nice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:25

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:25
Stayed at the same in '04 when we were in WA, the guys that run the Resort started feeding the Dolphins and , despite other reports , you can camp right on the beach . Also great camp kitchen where , at the time you could cook on an open fire .

Just dont fall for the ' everyone can cuddle a Dolphin ' advertising . They pick one person to feed during the time they come in , but still good to go !

Glenn.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:33

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:33
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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:54

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:54
Visited the place 10 years ago, absolutely awesome.

Went back last year, absolutely buggered.

Somewhere along the line,'The Traveller' has now become'The Tourist', a huge difference.

Still a great place if your ok with being treated like a mug.



Cheers......Lionel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 23:56

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 23:56
We visited 16 years ago and thought it was a tourist trap.
Enjoyed it, but found it wanting to be a 'resort' rather than the natural place it must have once been.

I'm surprised that 4 years later it was better and reverted 10 years later. .. but maybe you had a different experience. Often remembered places are hard to rekindle the first visit when you get there again.
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Reply By: oz doc - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 23:07

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 23:07
Hi James, if you are going to stay at Monkey Mia - do yourself a favour and go on the pearl farm tour. Was $60 for a family of four when we did it 2 years ago. Turned out to be the most fascinating tour we had ever been on.We found it more entertaining than the dolphins!Cheers. doc.
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 00:13

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 00:13
Hi James,
Check with the DEC office in Denham about staying at the Francois Peron Homestead, the hot tub is awesome!! Other information can be found at Shark Bay
FWIW..... if the cooks want good cooking and showering facilities,
it may be much better to take your own when staying on the penninsular. We were there a few years ago and want to make a return visit. Steep Point and return is possible from Denham in one day and is a great trip.

More info?? just ask.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.

PS We can't offer any further info on
Surfing
Windsurfing
Booking
W&S.
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Reply By: Member - Phil S (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 00:19

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 00:19
Yea james,Best off staying in Denham which is nearby.Monkey mia is overrated and a long trip too see a few dolphins.
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 07:01

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 07:01
What...!Image Could Not Be Found 25k's is to far to drive to wake up to see this?
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 08:48

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 08:48
Ummmmm,

With out being picky LOL

The time stamp is incorrect
or
it is sunset
or
it is the East coast?

Al TIC.

Cheers,
Wayne.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 13:05

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 13:05
We were up there in August last year and had dinner at the restaurant while watching the sun set just like that one, it was a lovely balmy evening, the water was still, the dolphins came in, the pelicans came in and as for the tourist that were still there you could count on one hand, it was beautiful, wanted time to stand still for a while.

When we go up there we always stay at Shark Bay as it is more central to other spots. Perron Point is worth a 'lookie see'.

I also recommend a tour of the Pearl Farm but be wary it could be very expensive LOL.

Cheers

Deanna


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Follow Up By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 15:07

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 15:07
Time is still set to Eastern states time..........mmm
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Follow Up By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 15:29

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 15:29
Image Could Not Be Found I just did a double check on being sunrise too, this shot is the setting sun looking to the west along the footpath along the beachfront
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Follow Up By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 15:35
Image Could Not Be Found this was one of our favourite camp spots though....pole position at Whalebone Beach.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 17:19

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 17:19
Geez Uncle, can't get much closer to the waters edge than that.

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Follow Up By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 17:45

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 17:45
Here's a bit of an elevated view of the same spot Deanna..Image Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 19:52

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 19:52
I went in August once and the wind blew non stop for a week.
Kind of spoiled the trip
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Reply By: Mrs Pheonix - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 14:25

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 14:25
We stayed at Monkey Mia in Sept 08, 2 x Kids and off road Eagle.... the camp ground was not very good !!!!! We were told on the phone a few days prior not to book for an unpowered site, just turn up. So we did turn up after a very long drive that day, only to be told that there were no sites available.After I moaned and groaned, jumped up an down we were given a spot on the road next to unpowered tent sites, only provided the buses full of tourists could get through after 7pm.
It was a very expensive stay !!!!
Next morning down to the beach to see the dolphins, 12 people chosen out of about 1000... children very disapointed. The only good thing to come out of our visit to Monkey Mia was that we do not have to do it again.
We were away for 14 weeks and had the trip of a lifetime !!!! Cant help with Surfing etc... Cape Leveque is magnificent, make sure you visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm, best tour we have done, very informative. Prawns at Exmouth are gorgeous to eat also !!!!
Have Fun.....................
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