The Pinnacles Caravan Park can be found in Cervantes right on the beach front. Surprisingly, there is a range of accommodation available in Cervantes, with the main attraction to this town being the Namburg National Park that hosts ‘The Pinnacles’.
This caravan park is currently undergoing an upgrade. From what I saw, this will soon be a destination park which means it will be booked out well ahead of schedule. With modern cabins, a swimming pool, a play area and much more, this is one of those parks that borderlines a resort.
Because our decision to camp was impulsive, we were surprised to secure a spot. Ironically, it was also the weekend of the Indian Ocean Festival. So, imagine our surprise for having the opportunity to get away.
The wind was blowing about 33kmph….which made for an interesting experience of putting up the tent. One of the benefits of camping is that people come together as a team. This was one of those few moments where we all worked together to get the tent up. And, for the first time we arranged the inside to fit 4 sleeping beds and a cooking area. [we have a FAMILY size tent]
It has been a while since we made it to the great outdoors. Because we never know when we are just going to hit the road, we have everything ready to go – packed in the back of the car. However, due to weather conditions we found that the elastic between the poles had ‘eroded’. Unfortunately it was one of the main support structures. As a result, I took the thinner poles – used them, and then put the broken poles in place – one piece at a time. With howling winds I was questioning whether it would hold. It did…and it looks like we either need to find a new tent OR try to repair the one we have!
Cervantes caravan park has everything you need. Of course with many buildings (old cabins, toilets and kitchen) removed means that we had to adapt to a new surrounding. There was only one toilet block, a laundry, and a make shift bbq kitchen.
Just behind our tent was an enclosed bbq area with plastic chairs and a table. We had our first meal here – and for the first time in a trip I was given the control of packing food. Generally – so much food is packed that it goes to waste. This is a huge ‘pet hate’ of mine. So I created a quick menu and packed accordingly. The plan went perfectly which meant we stayed within a very limited budget and there was no wastage!
A while back I bought a paella pan which has been a blessing ever since. We ended up using this pan for every meal. Because it is bigger and sort of flatter – you can cook a full course meal for 4 just in one pan. This reduces washing and economizes on space.
Because Cervantes Caravan Park is on the beach front, having a stroll along the beach in the morning is perfect. According to locals the wind picks up at about 11 am. I would say that the wind has a mind of its own and will blow when it will blow. It must have been about 9 in the morning when it started to pick up.
Apart from great access to the beach front, Cervantes Caravan Park also has a cafe. While we were counting pennies on this trip, we did allocate money for a coffee and milkshake treat. I am always nervous about ordering coffee because I know ALL the short cuts cafes take in making coffee. However, I have to say – the coffee was good.
Overall, The Pinnacles caravan park never disappoints me. Service is always good. If you call and leave a message, they call you back. People in the park are pleasant. And it is the perfect distance from Perth for a weekend getaway.
TIPS FOR YOUR CAMPING EXPERIENCE:
- Become a RAC member. You will save money at selected caravan parks including the Pinnacles.
- Download my ‘Pocket Guide to North Perth’. It has a range of tips of what to pack for camping.
- There are a number of options to choose from which include: cabin, caravan site, powered site or unpowered site. Each has a different price point with different perks.
- Remember neighbors if you have electronics. Not everyone likes your music. And while you wish to party through the night, other may not want the same experience.
- Dogs are allowed at this park but they must be on a leash. Check with the park if some breeds are not allowed.
- If you forget your food, you can purchase from the cafe.
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