There are only a few place within the Perth area, where you can camp. And when I say camp, I mean set up tent and ‘rough’ it out in a caravan park.
Karrinyup is found north of Perth CBD. It is central to many things which include a shopping mall (about 5 to 10 minutes drive), a range of beaches and of course all the other things civilization has to offer.
Setting up camp so close to home in not our norm. However, in order to write about a place like this, you need to stay in the facility and experience everything there is to experience.
Karrinyup Water Resort has a 4.7 ranking in regards to reviews. Anything over 4 in my books is good, as you will always get the one or two people who don’t see places the way others do.
This camping ground offers a range of accommodation options. You can hire a cabin, set up your motor home on a paved area, or camp on a grass area (as we did). The area for a tent is smaller than most other caravan parks we have been too. I believe the maximum occupancy for one section is 6 people.
We found our 6 man tent took up the entire allocated space. So, if you are travelling in a larger group you may wish to book more than one spot.
The tent area is right next to the lake with an array of trees planted to protect campers from the wind. Of course, when you have a lake you have birds. So, if you plan to store things like chips or breads in an open container (as we did) expect a party of birds having breakfast just outside your tent. #getthecameraready.
With many other parks you will find the basic necessities. You will have toilets/bathrooms, a bbq area, a kitchen and a laundry. Karrinyup Water Resort goes well beyond these measure with an inflatable jumping pillow, an open planned kitchen/bbq area, a swimming pool, playgrounds and individual shower/bathrooms.
Of course, if you are going to write about something you need to try some things out. So if you are asking if I jumped on the jumping pillow – the answer is YES! Absolutely! Some kids thought it was so cool having a parent jumping with them. Other parents looked on – probably with envy. Pity for them – because fun is just a few steps away and they preferred to watch it than be part of it! My Slogan – Life is something you should just jump in and enjoy! (if you use that please refer aroadtravelled.com – thanks)
The open barbecue area had a range of amenities which I have not seen at most camping grounds. It had two public fridges, microwave, toaster, gas stove tops, sinks, water and basically everything to make you stay comfortable. It felt more like 5 star camping to me, as we generally rough it out with our little gas stove and esky. (esky is Australian for a Cooler box/ice box)
The pool had a lap type pool, a paddle pool and a spa. I would say the best time to go to the pool would probably be early morning. Then again, I have heard this park is booked out during Christmas, so I would think the pool would also be busy. As for me – I am not a fan of public pools. Call it witnessing a few floating objects! [yuck!] So, taking a plunge into this pool was a HUGE step of faith. The spa pool was warm. Bubbles were nice but don’t expect a body massage. The ‘paddle’ pool was actually quite deep on the deep end. I would say at least 2 metres. I believe it is a salt pool but I am not going to guarantee it. Over all – not a bad experience and actually pretty relaxing thanks to the sun beds!
The bathrooms were a luxurious welcome. Generally one shares a bathroom which has about 5 showers. Of course when you share you also have to wait for someone to finish showering and then it is trying to dress in a confined space. Of course, we won’t mention the line of girls in front of the mirrors/basin. Having your own bathroom cubicle was a pleasure. The water was hot, toilets flushed, basin was clean and tidy and the whole experience was exceptional. #campingheaven
With any camping ground, you will find children. So having a play park is advantageous. However, I found that most kids gravitated towards to the jumping pillow than they did to swings & slides.
One powered site for 4 people was$67.00 per night. Fees for the site were based on 2 people, with extra fees for additional people. Therefore, if you are backpacking it would be cheaper.
Other things they offer which you are probably asking about:
- Wifi? Yes – at a small fee ($2.00 for 4 hours)
- Groceries? Yes – basics like some toiletries, milk, canned food, etc. Just to get you through a day or two.
- Cafe? No. Being so close to a shopping mall, one could quite easily walk to a cafe.
- Entertainment? Yes. Ironically they have DVD hire and you can exchange books.
- Guests? Yes. $5.00 per guest per day.
Other things to watch out for:
- Always wear shoes. There are some HUGE thorns in this area with one penetrating my husband’s running shoe.
- The gas stoves in the open BBQ area are slow to heat. Some don’t work. So make sure you pack in a gas stove – just in case.
- Wildlife! There are quite a few wildlife – if you enjoy this type of thing. From birds, bunnies to turtles – there is enough ‘locals’ action to keep the photographer happy.
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