3 Hidden Gems to Visit in a Western Australian Summer

3 Hidden Gems to Visit in a Western Australian Summer

It’s impossible to go through a Western Australian summer and to find any dull bits happening in the state. Particularly in the Southern end, where you have got the busy Cottesloe Beach in Perth, the lively Fremantle precinct and the ever-increasing popular South West Region which includes the Margaret River town and the surrounding wineries.

Sometimes it’s not what you know that needs to be discovered when visiting Western Australia, but those hidden gems that are waiting to be explored and fully utilised in the sizzling heat. The kind of extreme weather that can’t be avoided, only embraced. And if embrace it you will, it will be a hectic adventure for you this summer time, as you take a scenic road trip to these hidden gems that are waiting just for you

Hidden Gems Western Australian Summer

Hamelin Bay, Guilderton and Denmark.

 

3 Hidden Gems to Visit in a Western Australian Summer

It would be easy to pile off a hundred different places to visit in this great state, all the way from Esperance to The Kimberly and anything in-between. Let’s narrow it down for now and while all these locations are far and wide from each other, they do sit in the southern end of the state, where the weather is clear skies and perfect for an enjoyable Western Australian summer.

Guilderton

Guilderton, Western Australia

Guilderton in Western Australia.

 

The breathtaking view of the Moore River and Indian Ocean meeting on a clear day is a sight to behold, with a gorgeous sunset in the evening that is simply unforgettable. Guilderton is the perfect place to make a splash in Summer with sandy beaches and the soothing river the ideal attraction on any hot day.

Guilderton, Western Australia

Guilderton.

 

  • Where is it: Situated only an hour North of Perth off Wanneroo road, Guilderton is a convenient drive for those living in a Perth, with it being so close to the city and a hassle free drive.
  • The best bit: Take the trail up the stairways to the vantage and don’t forget your camera, it is the main vantage point in Guilderton and the best location to view the gorgeous sunset.
  • What to do: For the outdoor adventurist, there a plethora of activities on offer in Guilderton, with the likes of kayaking, beach walking, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping the popular choices. Nearby the hustle bustle of the river area, there is the Guilderton Country Club that has a restaurant, golf and tennis for those who need to escape the water and have a decent meal.
  • Where to stay: There are a host of holiday houses in Guilderton that can be found through various of searches through Airbnb and Stayz. The popular spot to stay is at the Guilderton Caravan Park where you can pitch a tent or rent a cabin with the river and ocean within an earshot.

Heading to Guilderton? Check Out TripAdvisor for reviews.

Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay, Western Australia

Hamelin Bay in the South West of Western Australia.

 

The stingrays will quickly grab your attention in this quiet little beach by the bay, that is quite simply a hidden gem. Popular for day trips, a quick pit stop or camping in the nearby park, Hamelin Bay is a secluded part of the South West that will get you excited at first glance.

Hamelin Bay, Western Australia

Stingrays

  • Where is it: Hamelin Bay is situated in the South West region and a good three-hour drive Perth. Smack bang in the middle of the popular tourist towns in Margaret River and Augusta, The Bay is a popular place to set up camp and explore the surrounding area.
  • Best Bit: When the stingrays come to shore, it’s the best time to hit water, as these unique creatures of the sea brush by your ankles. The Rays are usually out in Summer and there is a good chance they will be out and about to mingle with you.
  • What to do: Hamelin Bay is for those who seek a laidback experience with camping, hiking, swimming and fishing the major choices. It doesn’t mean you can’t get into the car and visit tourist town of Margaret River, a few wineries and the Leeuwin Lighthouse in the south, near Augusta, the South West is a region calling out to you.
  • Where to stay: Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is situated right near the bay and is the main choice of accommodation in the area. You can pitch a tent, book a chalet or stay in style in a beachside cottage, from there the rest is up to you.

Heading to Hamelin Bay? Check out TripAdvisor for reviews.

Denmark

Denmark, Western Australia

Denmark in Western Australia

Denmark is not a secret to those who live in Western Australia, although sometimes the locals wish it to be. Too bad, because this beauty is too good to ignore because this vibrant town is booming with outdoor attractions, wineries and breweries, a gorgeous coastline along the Southern Ocean and a lively town centre you will simply adore.

Denmark, Western Australia

A stunning view in Denmark.

 

  • Where is it: Quite a drive from Perth, five hours South to be exact, it is a windy and bendy road that will take you to the Southern end of Western Australia. The exhausting trip to Denmark will be worth it upon arrival because it is quite beautiful.
  • Best Bit: Take a small drive out to Lights Beach, off Lights road, and see a stunning part of the Southern Ocean, with boutique beaches, walking trails and large rocks to climb aboard for that special picture. Please tread carefully in this area and make sure the conditions are calm. When in doubt, just admire from above.
  • What to do: With a bustling town centre and number outdoor activities on hand, you have the best of both worlds in Denmark. You can shop for antiques in town or enjoy a coffee at a café. But the lure of the outdoors will be the winner with a range of activities on hand. Great for families is the Denmark Thrills, where you can test out your fear of heights amongst other family-fun adventures.
  • Where to stay: There are a range of options to stay in Denmark, with a pick of motels, retreats, cottages and holiday parks to suit any budget. The pick of the lot is The Big 4 Ocean Beach Holiday Park, a ten-minute drive from town and a short walk from the Inlet and Ocean.

Heading to Denmark? Check out TripAdvisor for reviews.

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The Benefits of Camping

The Benefits of Camping

The Benefits of Camping

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Camping can be fantastic fun, whether you are going away with family, off on a fun break with your friends or taking some time out to recharge your batteries alone, camping can be the perfect vacation. Its benefits are enormous, in terms of your health, lifestyle, and wallet. Here’s a look at just a few of them.

It’s Cheap

Camping is much cheaper than staying in a hotel or resort and paying for flights. Even if you wanted to invest in a trailer or an RV, over the years, you could save yourself a fortune.

You’re Always Ready to Go

If you are a keen camper, a camper trailer is a fantastic option. You can keep it stocked up and ready to go. Allowing you to hit the road whenever you’ve got a bit of free time. If you do invest, it’s worth considering hard floor vs soft floor camper trailers to find out which best suits your plans but either allow you to add a little adventure and spontaneity to your life.

You Can Follow the Weather

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Another fantastic thing about camping is that you’re not tied down by local weather forecasts. You can literally follow the sun around. Going wherever it’s nice weather when you fancy a change. Some people spend their lives moving from place to place, chasing the summer time.

You’ll Get Some Fresh Air

Fresh air is good for your health and well-being. It helps you sleep, improves your skin tone, looks after your hair and nails, clears away any toxins, increases your lung capacity and helps you to relax. During a camping holiday, you’ll get more fresh air than normal, boosting your mind and body.

It’s Very Social

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When you go camping, you don’t just speak to the people you are traveling with. You become a part of the camping community, which is unbelievable social. In a world where many of us don’t even know our neighbors names and don’t say hi when we pass people on the street, it’s great to spend some time chatting to everyone and relaxing in the company of strangers.

Exercise

You are also much likely to get some exercise when you go camping than you are sat around a pool or on a beach at a large resort. While camping you’ll hike, chop wood, collect water and spend time exploring your surroundings. More exercise looks after your heart, decreases your blood pressure, boosts your circulation and helps to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.

Nature

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When was the last time you actually stopped and appreciated nature? Camping forces, you to do this. Spending time with nature is a brilliant way to put your problems into perspective and unwind.

No Stress

Even when we go on holiday in 2017, we’re taking photos for Instagram, posting updates on Twitter and checking in on Facebook. Our day to day stresses and the need to appear perfect follow us all over the world. Camping gives you the fantastic opportunity to leave all this behind and truly escape from your stresses.

Camping can help you to live a longer and happier life so why not make your next vacation a camping trip? You won’t regret it.

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Hotels V Camping: And the winner is

Hotels V Camping: And the winner is

Hotels V camping, I hear you now, is this “really” a debate? One is luxury stay by the swimming pool with cocktails. The other is packing the ute, setting up a tent and roughing it out bush, while relaxing under the stars.

No contest, right?

Well, it all depends on who you ask. Some are passionate hotel travellers who would never think of getting their hands dirty and sleeping with the snakes. Then there are the real rednecks who love nothing more than roughing it in the sticks and giving their 4WD a work out.

As for me, I do both, so why don’t we go over the pros and cons of each option, then decide a winner.

Camping:

Camping is popular at Moore River.

Camping is popular at Moore River.

Pros

  • Affordability: Camping cost next to nothing, in some areas it’s free. And even if you are camping in style with a powered site at a Holiday Park, you’ll be saving a heap of cash.
  • Family time: Nothing reunites a busy family more, than a camping trip. It excites the kids as they play in the sticks, swim in the river and roast marshmallows by a fire. It is family bonding better than ever.
  • An adventure: A camping trip is an adventure as you explore the beautiful surrounds around you, get lost in the wilderness and discover news skills you never knew existed.
  • Take in the nature: The beauty of being outdoors amongst the fresh nature and stunning surrounds. Then snuggling up in your sleeping bag at night while telling camp stories.
  • Convenient: A camping trip can be decided on a whim. Load up the car and head out for a quick weekend getaway.

Kayking is a treat during a camp.

Kayking is a treat during a camp.

Cons

  • Sleeping: A good night’s sleep can be hard on the rock-hard dirt floor. Especially without a decent mattress to support you. This issue can somewhat be solved if you purchase a decent camp bed or mattress. Don’t forget a nice pillow or even a camping pillow that is convenient to pack.
  • Cooking: No room service out in the sticks, you will need to do it all yourselves, breakfast lunch and dinner.
  • Washing up: After cooking comes the washing up. Always a tough task when camping but an unavoidable chore.
  • Showering: If you are camping in a holiday park you will have the luxury of a communal shower and that is the best you can hope for. In some camping sites, you will need to bathe in the river. That’s if you are camping by river of course but in some cases, you need to really “rough it.” Or purchase a portable shower and toilet from a camping store.
  • Hot and sweaty: Camping is usually most popular during summer. With no air-conditioner, no fans, keeping cool is only possible by having a swim in the cool rivers or beach.
  • Mosquitoes: Mozzies, bugs and flies. Probably the biggest downfall of camping. Expect to spend a bit of time with those pests and don’t forget your repellent.

 

Hotels

A look down the middle of the resort. Beautiful.

Luxury Hotels like Mai Samui are vey popular amongst travellers.

 

Pros

  • Luxury: Hotels can be luxury, depending where you stay. Sit back and relax in style, you are on holidays.
  • Fine Dining: No cooking in your hotel room. Dine out in the hotel’s restaurants or many restaurants that are generally near your hotel. Oh, and room service can be an option too.
  • Cocktails: Cocktails are popular, especially in a resort stay.
  • Swimming pools: And where better to drink your cocktails but by a swimming pool as you sunbake on the layout and have dip in the pool in-between.
  • No cleaning up: Let the friendly staff clean up your beds and make up room while you go out and enjoy the surrounds of the area where you are staying.
  • Comfortable beds: Well most times sleeping in a hotel is comfortable. The chances are you will have a much better sleep in the comfort of your hotel room, without squatting those mozzies away.

 

Cons

  • Expensive: Hotels can be expensive and so is fine dining and drinking cocktails by the pool. Be prepared to break the bank account.
  • Sorry there isn’t too many negatives to staying in a hotel. Unless you find a horror stay. But that is what TripAdvisor is for so you can review your potential hotels.

 

Comfort of a bed make hotels popular.

Comfort of a bed make hotels popular.

And the winner is:

Camping is great, don’t doubt it. And I will continue to sleep in the great outdoors. Not only because it is affordable but it is great for kids, while giving them valuable outside time away from their fancy toys.

But. To be honest, I would choose a hotel stay in pure luxury, every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You can’t beat the comforts of a bed inside the four walls, with a private bathroom, room service and swimming pool below as you drink your cocktails.

So, your Fair Dinkum Traveller winner on this occasion is hotels. And by a bit of a margin. Happy Travels.

What is your preferred choice? Tell me in the comments below.

Who is your winner?

Who is your winner?