WA Day is just around the corner and while many West Aussies rejoice at being able to celebrate this great state we call home, the sad reality is that it’s our last public holiday and long weekend till September rolls around.
So why not make the most of your long weekend and start planning your next camping adventure! In our opinion, the best way to celebrate WA Day is to get out there and experience the best the state has to offer.
Whether you prefer parking up a caravan on the edge of a rugged cliff or getting chummy with nature during a stay in an eco-bush retreat, WA is home to some seriously adventurous camping experiences.
So where to go? Our top camping spots provide a snapshot of some options available for you and your family.
Kooljaman Cape Leveque, Broome
Broome is now more accessible than ever, thanks to a deal between Qantas and the state government that means you could jump on a plane to the holiday town for under $200!
When you get there, you’ll want to head to Kooljaman, a remote wilderness camp situated on native title land and quintessentially Kimberley with its rugged landscape and striking wilderness. Fully Indigenous owned and managed, Kooljaman supports the local community and encourages the sharing of traditional culture and knowledge of the land.
There’s plenty to keep you and the family entertained including snorkelling, fishing, mud crabbing, scenic flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago, charter boat trips, whale watching and bird spotting.
Kooljaman offers a variety of accommodation options – from deluxe safari tents and ensuite cabins to unpowered sites and beach shelters.
Switch the iPhone off; it’s time to reconnect with nature!
“Blue sky, red earth, white sand, aqua sea, and magnificent sunsets.” – Google review
Mile End Glamping, Margaret River
WA’s South West is a popular weekend getaway for Perth folks looking to escape city life. Renting houses or camping near the beach provides plenty of traditional options – but sometimes it’s nice to try something different.
Ever slept in a light-filled geodesic dome? We didn’t think so.
Mile End Glamping offers a camping experience with a big difference – sleeping under the stars while surrounded by the modern comforts of a fancy hotel. This South West gem spans 144 acres of stunning native bush with a tranquil river flowing right through the estate.
For those looking for something a little extra, Mile End also offers private art classes, massages, personal training and hampers – so leave your tent pegs at home and get glamping!
“Completely brilliant, absolutely beautifully set up and an absolute joy to stay at…Close to everything, yet far enough to feel like you are surrounded by nothing at the same time.” – Mile End Glamping website
Stirling Range Retreat, Stirling Ranges National Park, Amelup
Sitting on the national park boundary, Stirling Range Retreat provides a comfortable base to rest after a day hiking the famous Bluff Knoll.
Campers of all preferences are welcome, with the option of traditional caravan and tent areas or cabins, chalets and motel style accommodation.
The Stirling Ranges are home to at least 87 endemic plants and incredible displays of wildflowers, so your family will have no problems dancing around mountain tops like a scene from The Sound of Music.
“I stayed here so I could take my teenagers to climb Bluff Knoll, but this park and the area in general has a lot to offer. We easily filled 3 full days and could have stayed longer. Bird life is amazing.” – TripAdvisor review
Gas safety in caravans and tents
Bags are packed, GPS is programmed and you think you’re ready – but not until you’ve done your gas safety checks.
When you’re in holiday mode, gas is not something you probably worry about too much. But being aware of a few safety precautions will ensure that you keep your family safe this holiday.
Here is the advice from the Department of Commerce:
Safety tips in caravans
- Close appliance cocks before opening cylinder valve.
- Periodically check connections for leaks at the appliance, regulator and cylinder with soapy water.
- Never use a match or flame when checking for leaks.
- Close cylinder valve when appliances are not in use or when gas cylinder is being filled.
- In the event of an accidental gas leak, close cylinder valve and ventilate the caravan until air is clear.
- Use the cooking appliance or stove only for the purpose for which it was designed – cooking, not as a room heater.
- In the event of a fire, immediately close the cylinder valve.
- Close valves and fit gas-tight sealing plugs to all spare cylinders not connected, whether full or empty.
- Only an authorised person shall perform additions or alterations to the LP Gas system.
- Appliances shall not be altered without the authorisation of a gas inspector or manufacturer.
- Persons should familiarise themselves with the odour of unburnt LP Gas to assist in the early detection of leaks.
- All permanent ventilators, flues and vents should be checked regularly to ensure that they are all clear.
Tips for using gas camping equipment
- Inspect all washers and o-rings on appliances and cylinders regularly.
- Never interfere with or remove the valve on any LP Gas cylinder.
- Ensure proper ventilation.
- Do not turn the gas on until ready to light the appliance.
- Close cylinder valve when appliances are not in use
- Never use a flame to locate a leak.
- Do not clean gas jets with wire or other objects.
- Always replace the dust cap on cylinders when not in use.
- Regulate the burner to your needs – no flames beyond the edge of the cooking utensil.
- Dispose of disposable canisters in a safe manner – do not incinerate them.
There’s so much to experience in WA – and years of family trips to look forward to – but before you hit the open road make sure you fill up on the essentials.
That includes your BBQ Kwik-Gas cylinder from your local Kleenheat supplier!