It’s no secret that Western Australia is an amazing place to experience all that the Aussie wilderness has to offer, but those heading to the state’s Mid-West are really in for a treat. The government of Western Australia is pouring $1.5 million into the caravan and camping grounds of the region. Whether you’re tenting, campervanning or caravanning, this is good news for those who love to surround themselves with the startlingly unique sights and sounds of WA.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames explained, "Facilities at popular coastal campgrounds are often under pressure from increasing use which in many ways is a happy dilemma because these areas are obviously attracting high numbers of visitors, but the amenities need attention.” He also mentioned that improved vehicle access was a priority, given the fact that self-drive holidays are now the top choice for many in the State, having contributed over $860 million to the local economy last year.
If the idea of a more rustic kind of beach holiday appeals, one without all the crowds that flock to places like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, you may soon find yourself with a whole raft of new facilities to make your vacation even easier. The small communities that the $1.5 million is going toward provide the ideal getaway for the world weary traveller who just wants to unwind and enjoy the serenity of a slower pace.
For those who know the area or are planning to visit soon, the campsites that are getting upgrades include Cliff Head, Sandy Cape, Halfway Bay, Lucky Bay and Milligan Island camping grounds.
Most of these are small coastal spots - perfect for relaxing with a book in the sun or taking a dip in the temperate Indian Ocean. These sites, mostly clustered around the Geraldton area, around four and a half hours north of Perth, are also within cooee of Kalbarri National Park. This is one of Western Australia’s best known parks, characterised by soaring coastal cliffs and scenic gorges through red and white banded sandstone.
Although you can’t camp in the park itself, taking a day to explore Kalbarri is well worth the time spent. If you feel like stretching your legs, the Mushroom Rock Nature Trail is a great way to see the bizarre formations that wind and water have crafted from the area’s soft sandstone. It’s only a 3 kilometre loop track, nothing too taxing, and it will take most people between one and two hours to finish. There’s plenty of great places to swim too, a welcome respite from the phenomenal heat during summer. Take a dip in the pools of Ross Graham River or head down to Red Bluff Beach, a popular spot for swimming, fishing and snorkelling. Those who are seeking a bit more of a thrill might like to give abseiling a go - visitors can plunge down into the gorge near the Z Bend lookout, all while knowing they’re in the safe hands of professionals who’ve assisted the adventures of thousands before them.
There has never been a better time to plan a road trip to Western Australia’s Mid-West. Just half a day’s journey from the big smoke, this place will soon be even more welcoming to travellers. So set your dates, book your accommodation and transport all in one, and head north for an idyllic vacation - just keep the news on the down low, or everyone will want to join you…