by Judith W
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published October 19th 2011
Camping is one school-holiday activity I've always counted on to entertain my kids. It's adventurous and exciting for the kids, it could kill plenty of time (depending on your own discomfort-limit), and it's relatively cheap. Going to a caravan park is always the easy option in camping, however I usually try to find non-caravan park sites as they tend to be more rugged (and thus more adventurous and exciting for the kids), closer to a natural attraction (such as the beach or a national park), and even less costly than camping at a caravan park.
Sandy Cape Recreational Park is one of the best campsites I've encountered in this part of the world thus far. It's a comfortable driving distance from the city (about 270km north from Perth) so we could sleep in and have brunch at home before heading outdoors. It's relatively close to town (about 13km north of Jurien Bay) so every morning I could still grab my barista-made coffee in less time than it would have taken me to boil my own billy tea. And it's right by the beach so I could have the kids in the water and out of my hair most of the time.