It’s the biggest state in all of Australia, which means of course there are that many more places for us to take a road trip to and experience. Western Australia offers so, so much more than the popular tourist traps that make you feel almost like a sardine they’re so crowded, and for those lucky enough to have a caravan to take with them, we’ve got a few options that are a little bit more unknown - which means fewer people!
So pack your kit, do the pre-flight check on your van and get ready to experience WA unlike ever before.
Day trips ahoy
Sometimes less is more. Making a day of it can be a huge amount of fun if you don’t have the luxury of dozens of hours’ accrued annual leave, and we reckon these two places are a great quick escape away from reality.
Just 20 kilometres from Perth’s CBD situated in Lesmurdie is the Lions Lookout Walk, a 4km looping trail that’ll take you to the Lions Lookout which offers incredible views of Perth and its surrounding area. We recommend going in the Springtime once the wildflowers have had a chance to properly bloom for an even better experience.
Araluen Botanic Park
Another short drive out of Perth - only 40 minutes in a south-east direction - and you’re in the midst of the Araluen Botanic Park, a wonderfully colourful garden full of tulips, Camellias and other flowers within a rather dense bushland setting. A haven for avid bird-watchers and those who can appreciate the beauty of nature, you’re best to visit once the tulips have bloomed in Spring.
Tow your van an hour or so north-east of Perth to get to Bells Rapids Park. From checking out the rapids (of course), lots of bushwalking opportunities and winery lunches in the Swan Valley just around the corner and much more, it’s a great spot to visit any time of the year. Stay at the Big4 Ledge Point Holiday Park and be in the centre of the action.
An hour or so north past Bells Rapids is the Moore River, a quaint and quiet waterside spot for those looking for a more secluded break. Whether you’re in the mood for a bit of fishing, canoeing, going for a relaxing walk, hopping on a river cruise or you’d prefer to kick up your heels beside your van with a cold beer, you can. The Guilderton Caravan Park is where you should be setting your sights to stay in.
While this can get a bit busy during holiday seasons, if you plan your trip right you’ll get decently low crowd numbers. And with surf breaks that are known for their consistency, the last thing you want are crowds to have to share the waves with! If you want to stay right next to the beach, go for the Yallingup Beach Holiday Park, but if it doesn’t bother you there are a couple of other options in Caves Caravan Park and Southern Starts Holiday Park.
Karijini National Park
If you’re starting in Perth, the journey itself from there to Karijini National Park is incredible if you make a few stops on the way; the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Cane River Conservation Park and Exmouth are just a few options you can spend some time at. Your visit to Karijini National Park is something you’ll remember forever though - an absolute wonder of Mother Nature with mountains, valleys, gorges and falls with a few spectacular swimming opportunities, too.
Finance a caravan for your next Western Australia trip
Got the traveller’s itch and want to hit the road with everything including the kitchen sink without having to worry about arranging hotels/motels/B&Bs? Utilising our huge network of lenders, we can find the perfect caravan finance solution to match your needs, whatever your circumstances may be.
So give the Stratton Finance team a call now on 1300 787 288 to discuss your financing options, or get a quote online in 60 seconds and, if you’re happy with what you see, you can apply in under 5 minutes!