While everyone would love to spend a long holiday away with their family, not everyone can afford the expensive plane tickets and overpriced accommodation. Plus there is food, transport and entertainment— it can be very costly. However, by choosing holiday destinations that are close to Perth, and with some forward planning and clever thinking, you can create a holiday to suit your budget.
By planning well in advance, you can often find some great deals on accommodation and tours that normally are very expensive. Search online for reduced rates or call resorts or hotels and ask if they offer any special rates. Travelling during off-peak seasons can also result in lower prices. When travelling within the state by car, it is important to make sure your car is covered in the case of an emergency. Make sure you’re getting the best rates by using sites to compare car insurance quotes such as www.CompareTheMarket.com.au. You’ll be surprised at how little it can cost to have peace of mind when on the road.
Need some ideas on family-friendly holiday destinations? Here are three of our favourites that won’t break the budget.
Just a three-hour drive north of Perth and you can discover the mystical landscape of the jagged pinnacle rocks. Budget camping and caravan accommodation is available at the Pinnacles Caravan Park in Cervantes, located right on the beach. The kids can play and swim in the ocean as you enjoy a relaxing walk along the shore. Grab some fish and chips and have a budget beachside picnic as the sun goes down. Explore the natural flora and fauna in the area— you’re guaranteed to spot some kangaroos and sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to see a dolphin. For more information about the Pinnacles, visit the Pinnacles Park website.
Just an hour south of Perth, you can have an instant escape from the hustle and bustle of the city but still be close to all of the amenities you need. The Dawesville Cut just outside of the Mandurah is a great place to go fishing. For the more adventurous, you could go crabbing in the estuary (just check with local fishing regulations before doing so or you may end up with a very expensive fine). There are great restaurants and cafés in Mandurah city centre to suit all budgets. On the outskirts of town, you can find a number of camping, caravanning or budget accommodation options. Check websites such as www.stayz.com.au for low-cost accommodation options.
For the families that really want to get out of the city and close to nature, head to Windy Harbour nature camping ground. A small fishing-shack village located in one of the most remote parts of southern Western Australia, you can fish, swim and have bonfires while listening to the sound of the Southern Ocean. It is a longer drive from Perth, but from here you can visit Pemberton and other towns in the southern part of the state. For more information, visit the ExplorOz website.
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