Campsite Recommendations Required WA

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Hi Everyone
We have decided that we may take a few days break between Christmas and New Years. Work commitments dictate such a small window unfortunately.
Can anyone recommend a decent, dog friendly site for this period? We had got a spot at Denmark but they will only let us take one dog. As we have two beautiful Jack Russells, its kind of blown that option out of the window. Not happy with the campsite but accept their policy and understand.
We would have normally headed to Kalbarri but the other half feels it maybe too hot. Having just researched the weather, she may have a point.
We are therefore asking for your input for places down south. Its not a specialist area for us, so as always any information that you can give would be invaluable.
Cheers Guys
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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012 at 20:29

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Can you give a clue to what you want to do over that period
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012 at 21:16

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We recently stayed at the Rivermouth Caravan Park, and one of the caravanners near us had four dogs. A nice mild summer climate there too.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012 at 21:19

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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 07:55

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Rivermouth is where we were booked in but they will only allow one dog in peak season. It really is a shame. Our girls are only tiddlers as you can see......
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 10:01

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Might be worth trying to sweet talk them into it - they are a nice family. Otherwise the Flinders Bay suggestion might be worth a try. Depends on what region you want to be in. There is a nice (from all reports) farm stay caravan park near Margaret River that allow dogs. Caravanning people i know with a big 5th wheeler as their home went there when a booking was hard to get during Christmas one year. They seem like nice farming people.

"Camping fees with power are $26 for two people and $24 unpowered. We have the usual facilities. Hot showers, laundry facilities, dump point, Camp kitchen but wide open spaces. We really love to have travellers either from Australia and overseas. Our prices remain the same all year. We do not have peak rates. Just for your information we were a camping ground for groups but now we are a caravan park. We are still farmers and own 2500 sheep but have the caravan park as a side line which works really well. Our site is on good drainage soil so it never get boggy and is most suitable for big rigs. If you need to know anything else please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanking you. Kind regards Shelley
Big Valley Campsite 0897575020 Also we are pet friendly. There is no one else with a caravan park in the Margaret river region that is pet friendly all year round. Website Big Valley Margaret River"

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Follow Up By: Bill BD - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 23:33

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Nice - hmmm, different experiences for different people I suppose.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 23:48

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My first or second paragraph Bill? I wouldn't like to see an aspersion cast on the wrong park. I would be interested in hearing your story - but not appropriate on open forum - i think you will be able to contact me privately.

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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 23:52

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 23:52
Now Bill you've got us all curious.........arghhh

MH We tried to tell the people at Rivermouth that the girls were small and well behaved but they aren't having it. We even tried to get some friends to come along so as they could be `god parents' and then we'd be within their rules. However couldn't get anyone to leave home at Christmas this year.

I am now left wondering whether or not to explore the farm stay........over to you Bill.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Apr 06, 2012 at 00:19

Friday, Apr 06, 2012 at 00:19
Walpole is lovely Phill, but probably gets fully booked at Christmas time too. We have been twice to Rest Point Walpole; a bit out of town on the inlet. We liked it there. Dogs permitted on application.

I was talking to someone recently who stayed a night at Boat Harbour between Denmark and Walpole and enjoyed their stay, but i haven't been there or know any further details.

There are a number of rural based caravan parks in the area, such as "Ayr Sailean Camp Ground 1 Tindale Road, Kentdale. With 20 powered sites and 10 unpowered sites, this sheltered location off the highway is a boutique park built for those seeking seclusion. Ayr Sailean has a large camp kitchen & new ablutions. From $25 per night for 2. Located between large granite outcrops and native bush this is a very sheltered location. Email Ayr Sailean Camp Ground or phone 9840 8098 or 0427 689 028." Details taken from an advertisement - we just noticed the sign when driving past.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 23:53

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Hi Bill

I would love to hear from you (preferably off forum). A bit more detail would be nice, and it will certainly remain private and confidential with me. It just may prevent my giving out misinformation. At minimum please clarify whether you were referring to the Denmark or Margaret River sites here, as it casts doubts on both while unclear.

I can be reached through my website or by messaging through other forums.

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Reply By: oz doc - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012 at 21:53

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Hi Phill- you could try Flinders Bay CVP in Augusta- right on the beach, dog friendly and really only a short drive to a lot of interesting places. doc
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 07:56

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 07:56
Thanks oz doc.

I'll google when I get home from work today.
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Reply By: Bill BD - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 00:16

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 00:16
Hopetoun Caravan Park has dogs. Its on the beach. They won't accept a Christmas booking until after the term 3 school holidays. Annoying. Nice little town, although like everywhere it is packed to the gills over that time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 07:57

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 07:57
I can see that the booking would be inconvenient as if it gets full one could miss out and then its been left really late. I'll look later.
Many thanks Bill
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Reply By: Member - *Rusty* - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 00:18

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 00:18
Grab yourself the "Dog Friendly camping South WA" book. Its a thin blue book for about $20.

It has mostly free camps and some $7 per night ones. Not so much about caravan parks thought.

We free camped for 2 weeks between Esperance and Margaret River Christmas 2010 with 2 large dogs and a caravan and a camper trailer.

Found some excelent spots - however we found towards Margaret river (between xmas and NY) it got packed quick and we struggle to find a suitable spot. So if you can, get in early or go to some the the quieter spots and stay there.

Spots like Parry's beach (i think thats what its called) down near Albany was full the week before xmas, so might pay to steer clear of those type of places.

But if you are self sfficent for a few days try places like stokes or torbay inlet or norman's beach. They were incredible spots that we loved. Pemberton was also great. Not sure how busy it would get there at that time of year.
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 07:29

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 07:29
Rusty you maybe right. Due to our dates we'll have to avoid caravan parks. Due to work commitments we can't go outside of the dates we stated. Our van is on its way over from Melbourne and is fully self-sufficient so we'll look into places like Norman's Beach and Stokes.
If they are anything like Sandy Cape to the north, we feel that also we'll be out of luck there too. Its such a gamble and the dates really work against us. Everyone will be in and set before we even get on the road. We will definately be last in!!! :(

Thanks for the pointers though.

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Reply By: Bill BD - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 22:24

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 22:24
a few people above asked me about my negative comment. I didn't see it at the time. Apologies. I actually misread a post. I have had no issue with Rivermouth caravan park. Its another park with a similar name that I had an unpleasant experience at. Sorry bout that.
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