Monkey Mia offers a range of accommodation options from hiring a hotel room on the beach front to a un-powered tent site. However, prices for all options can be a real budget killer, especially the latter version.
As a family of 4, we are always looking at ways to travel without spending a lifetime paying it off. As a result, we invested in camping equipment which means that we have the opportunity to see places that do not have a motel or other forms of accommodation.
Most caravan parks that we have visited have charged anything from $30.00 to $65.00 for a family of 4. Paying $120.00 per night with RAC membership was a lot more than we expected, so don’t be fooled with the term: “powered sites from $35.00”. This is for one adult with an adult classified as anyone 12 years and older.
If you plan to visit during December/January, you will need to consider shaded areas. Monkey Mia Caravan Lots have very little, if any, trees to offer shade during these extremely hot months. Most the trees are on the boundary area, with no trees in the central section.
The bathrooms/showers are clean and presentable. One also has access to drinking water.
For about $60.00 more per night, according to service staff at the Resort, one can book a budget shared accommodation room. This means you will have a room for the family but will share a bathroom. We were quoted $195.00 per night for 5 adults (we had one of the kid’s friends join us on this trip)
I have stayed in a budget room before a few years ago. This was during the latter stages of winter. The bed was comfortable and the room was big enough to store clothes under the bed. Apart from sharing a bathroom, one could also share a kitchen. Notably, if you have perishables, you can store this in the community fridge which is located in the shared kitchen. However, my food was consumed by someone over night, so if you do so ~ make sure it is marked and taped up!
Lastly, you can opt to hire a hotel room. I have never personally experienced this option, however they do look comfy and have a shaded patio for the hot days.
Overall ratings (out of 4 stars):
Camping Sites: 2.5 Stars. Fairly pricey for a family. No trees for cover. Very little parking area.
Budget Accommodation: 4 Stars. Don’t leave food unmarked in fridge
Hotel: no rating as I have not personally experienced this.
Questions to ask if making a booking:
- Is this a shaded area?
- Is this sheltered from the wind?
- How far is it located from the bathrooms?
- Is there easy access to drinking water?
- Is this a powered site?
- Are there any other fees that I may need to consider in this booking? (park fees are an additional extra to bookings)
For Bookings contact RAC directly: RAC Parks and Resorts
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