First trip

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 20:02
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My wife and I have just bought our first camper ( Jayco Dove ) and are planning to travel from Kalgoorlie to Port Hedland then down the North West Coastal HWY to Geraldton and onto Perth. We are currently trying work out what towns we would like to stay in but dont have much knowledge of any of them. Would love to get some suggestions on what to see along the way and what towns have good caravan parks ?
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Reply By: PradoMad - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 20:21

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 20:21
why caravan parks?
now that you have a nice camper with all the storage, cooking and fridge gear try to use NP. there is plenty of info on the web. Saves you a lot of money too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett G1 (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 21:27

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 21:27
Are planning to stay at Millstream NP and Karijini NP on our way up to Port hedland but the other half apparently needs some nights at a caravan park on the way south.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 22:53

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 22:53
Well Hedland will be a problem as Point Cook is always full and Black Rock would need to improve out of sight since last year.

Plenty of reasonable parks in Carnarvon but after floods???

Geraldton has Sunset and the one on the Point both quite nice but usually windy.

Nice parks at Exmouth and Denham if you want to detour

Plenty down the coast We went to Jurien Bay and then right on to Perth.

Get a little Green book called "The ????North" has lots of info in it and also discount fuel vouchers
Get it at visitor centres

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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 12:04

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 12:04
The caravan parks in Carnarvon are fine - the townsite itself wasn't damaged by the flooding. That big one on the outskirts of town (Capricorn I think it is called) is on high ground so was spared from damage, the only issue you may have is getting a spot as displaced persons and families might be taking up a lot of the available places there
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 13:18

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 13:18
We stayed at Marloo but you have to be old enough to qualify LOL

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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:07

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:07
If you're going as far as Port Hedland and can't get into a caravan park, travel a short distance north and stay at the De Grey River (free camp and very good).
South of Karratha, some 18ks, is Miaree (pronounced Mary) Pool, again a free camp, but fantastic, especially if the weather is hot.Great CVP at Kalbarrie over looking the Indian Ocean.
Have a great trip.
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

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Reply By: Harry and Ann (WA) - Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:04

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:04
G/day Brett G1, congrats on the new camper , I hope you have years of fun and great adventures, { AUS} it"s a great place to explore, Hema Maps have a book called western Australia Caravan & Camper Trailer 50 Best Road Trips , by Michael and Jane Pelusey. I have this book and think it will benefit you it has , 50 top trails, best caravan parks and camp sites, full road atlas, insert maps, and must see attractions. track it down and take a look it may suit your needs. have a safe and wonderful trip, look out for other EO members and say g/day you will always get a chat and maybe some must see places on your rout. cheers Harry and Ann.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 14:03

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 14:03
Hi Brett,

Well done buying your van, I hope you have many happy and memorable trips. I have only travelled to WA a couple of times, enough to know that there is a lot to see and do. Have you checked out the info on this site, read some of the blogs describing where people have been and stayed. We have quite a few blogs up from 2008 and 2009 covering the route that you propose to take.

You dont say when you are going but be aware that in the winter many of the van parks are pretty crowded (and expensive), which is one good reason to have the flexibility to free camp if need be. Certainly some of our best and most memorable stop-overs have been in free camps.

Its really very easy to set yourself up with a shower and toilet so that going into a caravan park isn't all that necessary, maybe every so often to wash some clothes. Have a good search of this site to see how easy and rewarding it can be. There are also some good publications to point you in the right direction.


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Reply By: Member - Brett G1 (WA) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 16:56

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 16:56
Thank-you all for your posts. Info well heeded.

Just had our first quick weekend to " The Duke " near esperance and can't wait our extended trip to Cape Arid at the end of the month.

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