There is a region in WA where winter as we know it has been banished… Rarely does the temperature fall below 30 degrees… And life has a constant dreamy feel… It’s North West Australia and today we’re giving retirees with some extra time on their hands, the inside knowledge on five amazing caravan destinations to enjoy while the rest of the world works. Caravanland is Perth’s off-road caravan specialist. Our team has helped send many retirees off on their northern journey knowing their RV is ready to tackle the roads Australia can dish up.
Including the Gibb River Road. Mostly unsealed in its 660 kilometre length, it cuts right through the heart of Kimberley country, passing by Windjana Gorge National Park. Ancient limestone cliffs tower above you and wildlife abounds, from freshwater crocs bathing in pools (yes, there are safe places for humans to bathe!) to white fruit bats and stunning bird life. Make time to also see the indigenous rock art galleries at Freshwater Cove and the ancient world of gorges, gullies and caves in the Bungle Bungles.
Winter chills couldn’t be further away but adventure is close at hand when you take your off-road caravan to Broome. Perhaps a sunset camel ride has been on your bucket list. This is THE place to do it, on picturesque Cable Beach. Continuing on the wildlife theme, how about snapping a shot of a rare snubfin dolphin during a cruise? Or for wildlife spotting with a Jurassic twist, see actual Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus footprints identified by an expert tour guide’s eye. Other Broome attractions include snorkelling at Kooljaman, body boarding on Cable Beach and even the rare, natural wonder of the Staircase to the Moon during the Festival of the Pearl.
Soaring coastal cliffs give Kalbarri National Park the reason why it’s one of Western Australia’s best known parks. The other is Nature’s Window – a natural opening in layered sandstone that perfectly frames a view of the river below. A moderate one kilometre walk will get you there beginning with a flight of stairs at the carpark. Surfing is legendary in Kalbarri beaches as is fishing with a possible haul from the Murchison River including Black Bream, Whiting and Mulloway. Rock fishers and anglers can walk away with amazing catches too but please wear a life-vest when fishing in rough, open waters.
Near the Ingaloo Reef lies the wonderful sleepy settlement of Coral Bay. This is the place to park your off-roader and settle in for some real North West Australia R & R. There are two caravan parks in Coral Bay so getting a top spot for your off-road caravan is pretty much assured. Grab your snorkels and see the colours of the fish and coral just under the waterline. A little further north, on the Northwest Cape is Exmouth. With ocean in almost every direction, you get to choose between fishing spots, amazing snorkelling, spotting a migratory (enormous and harmless) whale shark or just... doing nothing.
If you need any more motivation to head where winter takes a holiday and the greater population isn’t, start a conversation with Jayco Caravanland. We stock WAs best range of off-road caravans in Perth and we’re ready to talk off-peak holidays when you are!