Were you wanting to wander around Western Australia with your hound in tow? Then take a look at this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary and start planning your holiday today. Western Australia is famous for long days of sunshine and diverse landscapes and climates. For an extraordinary holiday, you need to go to an extraordinary destination. So if you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth, you’ve come to the right place – Western Australia. Western Australia is home to plenty of extraordinary experiences, the likes of which can only be found right here.
WA boasts the largest collection of wildflowers on the planet, some of the whitest beaches in the country and one of only a few places world-wide where you can swim with the ocean’s largest fish.
Combining stirring historical attractions with astounding coastline, Albany captures plenty of attention. Get stuck into Albany’s past. A tour of the Historic Whaling Station traces Albany’s whaling history and a self-guided look at the Albany Convict Gaol will easily captivate. The gaol is one of many grand structures to admire along the Amity Trail heritage walk.
A stroll around the Albany Wind Farm uncovers towering turbines and dramatic coastal views. Or plant your feet along the Ellen Cove Boardwalk for another glimpse of the sea. Ellen Cove is part of Middleton Beach, which doubles as Albany’s main beach and a suburb of the city. It’s one of several inviting strips of sand in the area. Nearby Torndirrup National Park is a must-visit attraction. It houses enchanting features – such as The Gap, Natural Bridge, and the Blowholes – as well as sparkling beaches, and lookout points to spot whales from July to October. You can discover this wonderful area while you and your pooch stay at BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park.
ALBANY to DENMARK – 67km
Denmark marks the spot where forests of towering trees give way to white sandy beaches. Take a drive or walk among ancient karri tree giants, relax by the emerald waters of William Bay, feast on local wine and gourmet produce, or fish one of the largest inlets on the south coast. At the coast, the picturesque Wilson Inlet beckons you to swim, fish, sail, water ski, surf or windsurf. The gentler waters of the river invite you to hire a canoe, motorboat, paddleboat or aqua bike. While Lights Beach lures you with the promise of hooking herring, salmon and bream.
Venture east and you’ll find yourself in the stunning seascapes of William Bay National Park. Here, the calm, clear shallows of Greens Pool tempt you to bathe, snorkel, dive and take a walk to the curious Elephant Rocks. Look out for migrating whales along the coast from July to October. Or take the short drive to The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, taking you 40 metres above the forest floor for a bird’s eye view of Western Australia’s 400 year old tingle tree giants. While discovering Denmark, stay at Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park.
DENMARK to BUSSELTON – 304km
In Busselton’s calm turquoise bay you can take a 1.8-kilometre stroll or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. And below the waves, Australia’s best artificial reef can be viewed by stepping into the Underwater Observatory or getting suited up for a diving tour. Its iconic, heritage-listed jetty was originally built in 1865, and a ticket to ride with the Busselton Jetty Experience takes you all the way to the end to get a glimpse of the colourful fish and tropical corals that have made it their home, thanks to the warm waters of the Leeuwin current.
Along the north-facing shoreline, the tranquil waters, white sands, lush lawns and shady pine trees of the main swimming beach offer the perfect setting for a family day beside the sea. Here, and along a 30-kilometre coastline of immaculate beaches, you can try your hand at fishing, water skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking or sailing in the calm waters of Geographe Bay. A short walk from the main beach brings you to Busselton’s main street, where you can browse boutique fashion, designer homewares, surf gear and antiques. Take a detour down Fig Tree Lane and you’ll find yourself in a quaint little retail enclave of fashion, beauty and refreshments.
For a spot of culture, step inside the Busselton Museum, Old Courthouse or the beautiful St Mary’s Church and be transported back to the 1800s, when Busselton was established as one of Western Australia’s first settlements. Housed in the old prison and courtroom, the modern ArtGeo Gallery and Courthouse Arts Complex now celebrates freedom of expression, displaying the works of South West and Western Australian artists. While basing yourself in Busselton, you can stay at BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park.
BUSSELTON to LEDGE POINT – 341km
Ledge Point is a charming fishing village located 10 minutes’ drive south of Lancelin. Ledge offers beautiful sugary-white beaches stretching for as far as the eye can see. The village was established to service the local cray fishing industry and has evolved into a beautiful beach-side getaway. You and your dog are welcome at Ledge Point Caravan Park.
LEDGE POINT to PORT DENSION – 239km
Dongara Port Denison is a chilled out twin town blessed with charming heritage buildings, stunning white sand beaches, year round holiday weather and perfect conditions for all manner of water sports. Head up to Fisherman’s Lookout and take in the panorama of Port Denison and one of the largest fishing boat harbours in Western Australia. Have a go at hooking your own dinner from an abundance of tailor, snapper, whiting, dhufish and, when in season, rock lobster. Or stroll down to South Beach – a picture-postcard setting for a fun family day on the beach or a taste of the surfing, body boarding, kite surfing or stand up paddle boarding action. Discover this region with your doggie, base yourself at Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park.
Lovers of nature and the outdoors can hire snorkelling gear, kayaks, surf boards and push bikes. There’s a good choice of walk trails traversing the twin towns’ most scenic Coral Coast and Irwin River landscapes, and a visit in spring showcases wildflower country at its very best just a short drive from town. As well as natural wonders, you’ll find some fascinating history to immerse yourself in. Dongara’s beautifully restored Russ Cottage (circa 1860s) presents the perfect example of a traditional yeoman’s cottage. From here, head for the Old Police Station (circa 1870), now the Irwin District Museum, and step inside a piece of pioneering history that chronicles the hardships and triumphs of the era.
PORT DENSION to CARNARVON – 548km
Carnarvon lies just south of the Tropic of Capricorn – a palm-fringed coastal oasis offering a platter of fresh tropical flavours and a good base for exploring World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the largest monocline on Earth – Mount Augustus. From Carnarvon, you have access to some of the State’s best year-round fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkelling and swimming spots, all dotted along a beautifully rugged stretch of coastline. Stand atop the cliffs at Cape Cuvier to drink in the ocean views – from June to November you might even spot humpback whales on their annual migration. Camp with your pooch at BIG4 Plantation Caravan Park.
***When booking a holiday with your dog, please phone the individual Parks to discuss the accommodation types available and any restrictions that may be in place. This information is correct at time of publishing***