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Alyssa Tresider
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The best family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Western Australia.

We love a great family road trip, and when it comes to places to camp it’s safe to say we’ve tried and tested many campgrounds and holiday parks in Western Australia. Now, we wanted to share a few of our favourites to make your family holiday planning all the easier. Whether you like to plan in advance or arrive and book on the go, we hope that this list will help you along your travels. Plus with the Apollo branch conveniently located in Perth, it’s an easy and great place to begin any family adventure.

 

How to explore Western Australia with your family

But first, if you’re looking to embark on a family adventure in Western Australia, then we’re here to tell you why enjoying the best things to do in Western Australia on a campervan holiday is the way to go! Firstly, you won’t need to book hotels as you’ll have your accommodation on wheels, saving you money and the hassle of check in times and endless bookings. Not only that, you’ll also get to enjoy the delightful camping lifestyle with the family, in the comfort of an Apollo camper. The whole family will love the adventure that comes with travelling in a motorhome and the freedom camping in holiday parks brings. Another great benefit, especially for families, is that you can carry all the homey essentials to make your trip even more comfortable, making it a 'unpack once and settle in' affair.

It's also a golden opportunity for some great family bonding. From road trip sing-alongs, campfire stories, and stargazing nights. You're not just traveling, you're creating long-lasting memories. And let's not forget the nature bit - WA is a haven for breathtaking landscapes. From rugged coastlines to sprawling outback, you'll be driving along all the stunning landscapes that van travel invites you to see.

 

Do I need a powered site for my campervan?

We get this question a lot, so let us clear the air here. Apollo Campers are like a comfortable home on wheels with all you need inside, and the beauty is that they only need to be plugged into power every couple of days. What this means is that you can check into some campsites without the need for power, giving you freedom and flexibility. It also means that if you're all about that hassle-free, home-away-from-home experience with the family, then a powered site is your best friend. No need to worry about conserving power - just park, plug in, and let the good times roll.

 

Our top family-friendly campsite and holiday park picks in Western Australia

So now you know why campervan travel is so great, especially with the family, now it’s time to let you in on the best family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Western Australia.

 

1. Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park, Mandurah

Nestled in the heart of Mandurah, just an hour’s drive from the city of Perth, is the Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park which is an absolute gem for family getaways.With spacious and budget-friendly powered sites to choose from, and modern amenities for added comfort, it’s a great place to book your family and your motorhome into when in the area.

Nearby you’ll find a range of great family-friendly attractions. The kids will love the Red’s Zoo, where they can get up close with wildlife, and a trip to the Mandurah Foreshore promises stunning views and playful dolphins.

 

2. Martins Tank Campground, Yalgorup National Park

When you’re travelling with the family in and around the Yalgorup National Park, then we highly recommend staying at the Martins Tank Campground, which is perfect for nature-loving families. Now, getting there is part of the adventure. You’ll take the scenic drive down Forrest Highway and follow the signs - you'll be swapping cityscape for serene woodlands in no time!

A good thing to know is that there are no powered sites here, so it's all about embracing a back-to-basics experience under the stars. But as we said earlier, your Apollo Camper can go a night or two without being plugged in so there is no stress there. When it comes to costs, the fees are family-friendly, with options for both camping and day use. Bookings are recommended, especially during peak seasons, but you can also just turn up and test your luck. Families love this campground as it gets the kids roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, the whole gang going on bike rides through lush trails, and you’ll enjoy a symphony of bird songs around the grounds in the morning.

Within easy reach of the campsite you’ll find the stunning Lake Clifton and its famous thrombolites – ancient living rocks that are a hit with curious minds. Plus, the nearby coastal town of Mandurah offers dolphin cruises and charming eateries, making Martins Tank Campground a true haven for nature-loving families.

 

3. Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, Exmouth

Situated in Western Australia's coastal paradise of Exmouth is the Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, a haven for families seeking a getaway. Being just an easy and scenic drive from Perth, this is a fantastic budget-friendly family-friendly place to stay in the area.The park offers a range of great powered sites, perfect for your campervan, and has been designed with kids entertainment in mind as the park features a playground, pool, and even a games room. Plus, the whole family can bond over a barbecue in the shaded picnic areas.

For those times you want to explore the local area, there are a couple of must-see spots. For the explorers, there's the Cape Range National Park nearby, offering stunning gorges and snorkelling spots at Ningaloo Reef. And don't forget about the friendly locals, like the kangaroos that often hop by for a visit.

Image: Tourism Western Australia

 

4. Sandy Cape Recreation Park, Jurien Bay

Up next on our list is the Sandy Cape Recreation Park in Jurien Bay. Situated along the stunning Coral Coast of Western Australia, reaching this haven is easy as it’s just a scenic 2.5-hour drive from Perth, a perfect road trip distance. And once you arrive, you'll find yourself immersed in the tranquil beauty of the coast. One thing to keep in mind is that there are no powered sites, so make sure your camper is well powered before arriving. The campground is family-friendly, and the campsites are budget-friendly, so it’s a win-win we think! We recommend booking, especially as this spot is a hit for families from all over.

The calm waters are perfect for little ones to paddle, and the sandy shores are an endless playground for sandcastles and beach games. Beyond the campground, there's plenty to explore nearby. The Jurien Bay Marine Park offers snorkelling and swimming with the sea lions, a sure hit with the kids. For adventurers, the Lesueur National Park with its wildflower wonders is a must-visit. And don't forget to squeeze in a visit to the iconic Pinnacles, just a short drive away!

 

5. BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park, Emu Point

Nestled in the picturesque Emu Point, the BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park is a great campground for families on a campervan road trip. To get here, you’ll enjoy a scenic coastal drive along Princess Royal Drive, which is a lovely experience in itself.The holiday park offers a range of campervan sites that are affordable and spacious, plus around the park you’ll find great activities to keep the kids entertained including a splash park, a giant jumping pillow, and a playground that will have them enjoying hours of fun. Meanwhile, parents can unwind in the heated pool or enjoy a BBQ in the well-equipped communal areas.

Nearby, there's a treasure trove of attractions waiting to be explored. Grab the family and take a short stroll to the serene Emu Point Beach, or venture a bit further to the spectacular Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. Whether it's building sandcastles, hiking, or just soaking in the stunning coastal scenery, this spot offers something for everyone.

 

6. Homestead Campground, Warroora Station

If you’re ready for a little outback paradise, then the Homestead Campground in the stunning Warroora Station is a must-stay.While there are no powered sites, the Homestead Campground offers a unique opportunity to unplug and reconnect with nature. Plus your Apollo Camper is equip with all you need for a comfortable night’s stay. Booking is a breeze, and the costs are family-friendly, making it an affordable escape for all. Families will find this campground a haven for quality time together. With wide-open spaces for the kids to run and explore, and starry night skies for some unforgettable stargazing, it's an experience that'll be etched in their memories forever.

Nearby, there's the turquoise beauty of world-renowned Ningaloo Reef for snorkelling adventures, and the rugged canyons of Cape Range National Park for the intrepid explorers. For a taste of local culture, a visit to nearby Exmouth offers a chance to sample some of the finest seafood in the region!

 

7. BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks, West Busselton

Perfectly positioned in the charming town of West Busselton, BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks is a go-to family-friendly holiday park along the Western Australian coast.With spacious powered motorhome sites that are budget friendly, this place is sure to impress. One thing to note is that during the busy seasons it’s best to book ahead as it can book out early with other keen travellers! This place is a paradise for families as the kids will have a blast at the adventure playground, and the heated pool and splash pad are perfect for some water-based fun. There's even a games room for a bit of friendly family competition. For the parents, the communal BBQ areas and comfy lounges provide a space to relax and unwind, exactly what you want after a day exploring the local area.

Beyond the park, you're spoilt for choice. The famous Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory are just a stone's throw away, promising an unforgettable marine adventure. Plus, the Margaret River Wine Region is a short drive, offering a delightful day out for the adults.

 

8. RAC Esperance Holiday Park, Castletown

Next on our list is the RAC Esperance Holiday Park in Castletown which is a fantastic family-friendly campground that we love to stay at.Again, this place has great budget-friendly powered campsites, but booking in advance during peak seasons is advised to ensure you secure a site to call your own. Families will find this park a haven for creating lasting memories. The sprawling green spaces are perfect for kids to run and play, while the well-maintained amenities cater to all ages.

The park's proximity to the stunning Twilight Beach makes it an ideal spot for sandcastles and picnics. Plus, for those eager to explore, the iconic Pink Lake and Cape Le Grand National Park are just a short drive away, offering breathtaking landscapes and opportunities for wildlife encounters.

 

 

9. Gnaala Mia Campground, Dryandra Woodland National Park

If you’re craving some time in nature with the family, then the Gnaala Mia Campground is a must-stay. Nestled within the serene Dryandra Woodland National Park, Gnaala Mia Campground offers a nature escape like no other. It's a bit of a drive from the city of Perth, but the journey through the scenic countryside is well worth it.

There are no powered sites here, so it's a true budget-friendly back-to-nature experience. Although single you’ll be in your Apollo campervan hire, you won’t miss out on the comforts that a powered site offers. For families, Gnaala Mia is a fantastic choice. Kids can run free in the natural surroundings, learning about the local flora and fauna. An added bonus is that the lack of powered sites also encourages a tech-free, quality family time!

Beyond the campground, you and the family can explore the wonders of Dryandra Woodland. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including the elusive numbat. For nature lovers, the Barna Mia Nocturnal Animal Experience is a must-see, offering a fascinating glimpse into the nocturnal world of Australian fauna.

 

10. Kalgoorlie Goldfields Holiday Park, Kalgoorlie

Last on our list of the best family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Western Australia is the Kalgoorlie Goldfields Holiday Park, which is a gem for those seeking a blend of comfort and adventure.This spot is a haven for families. The spacious grounds boast great campsites for your camper, playgrounds, a pool, and even a mini-golf course, ensuring there's never a dull moment for the little ones. Parents will appreciate the well-equipped kitchen and BBQ areas for hassle-free meals, or of course you’ll have all you need to cook up a feast in your Apollo camper.

Beyond the park, adventure awaits. The Super Pit Lookout offers a jaw-dropping view of Australia's largest open-pit gold mine, a must-see for all ages. The Hannans North Tourist Mine provides a fascinating peek into Kalgoorlie's gold mining history, and the Museum of the Goldfields is a treasure trove of local heritage. For a dose of natural beauty, Karlkurla Park offers walking trails and serene picnic spots.

 

Ready to book your Western Australia family road trip?

We hope that this list of the best family-friendly campground and holiday parks in Western Australia will make your family camping checklist and planning all the easier. With great places to camp up and down Western Australia, we’re sure you’re going to find some gems to stay at. So what are you waiting for? Book your Apollo Camper today, then pick up your family adventure mobile from one of the conveniently located Apollo branches.

 

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