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Memorable Mandurah

 

Pristine open waterways, loads of family fun and a relaxed holiday atmosphere define the waterside city of Mandurah. Less than an hours drive south of Perth on the Forest Highway, the city lies on and around the shores of picturesque Mandjar Bay, surrounded by the freshwaters of the Peel inlet and Harvey estuary.

 

Once a small fishing town, Mandurah has transformed into a modern seaside city, the second largest in W.A. A marina precinct is filled with restaurants, bars, shops and cafes with a boardwalk to take in the view. The Performing Arts Centre is situated here, with sweeping views over the city and boasting an array of performing and visual arts.

Exploring Mandurah’s Waterways

 

Mandurah is a perfect base for daytrips to explore the surrounding Peel region. The clear blue waters of the estuary provide activities such as swimming, fishing, water-skiing and crabbing, and a trip to Mandurah is not complete without a cruise on the vast, open waters of the area.

 

There are several boating options available from chartering your own pontoon to hiring a house boat. In peak season the open waters of the estuary are criss-crossed by jet skis and pleasure boats, or you could paddle a canoe in a sheltered bay. For a more restful alternative, cruising the waters on a dolphin watching tour and spotting water birds along the canals provides the perfect lazy day.

Top 7 Things to Do in Mandurah:

 

  1. Enjoy a round of golf at one of the many beautiful golf courses in the region

  2. Take a driving tour through the surrounding forests and national parks

  3. Paddle a canoe or kayak up the winding Murray River

  4. Walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track or ride the Munda Biddi Bike Trail

  5. Fish for trout or marron

  6. Visit wineries, galleries and antique shops

  7. Experience the Thrombolite living fossils in Yalgorup National Park

Caravan and Camping Accommodation in Mandurah

 

There is a large variety of accommodation to choose from, with ten major caravan parks in and around Mandurah. Four of these are situated on the shores of the estuary, three are close to the town centre and three are situated in the picturesque forests and bushland areas on the outskirts of the city.

 

All of the parks are modern and offer the conveniences you would expect:

 

  • Campers kitchen with gas and wood BBQ’s

  • Shady grassed sites or with slabs, powered and unpowered

  • Wireless internet or internet kiosk,

  • Playground recreation room

  • Tennis court

  • Disabled facilities

  • Exclusive estuary water frontage

  • Swimming pools

  • Public phone

  • Family bathroom with full sized bath & baby change table

  • Recycling stations and toilet waste dump

  • Fish cleaning stations & crab cooking facilities


As a day trip from Perth, weekend getaway or longer term holiday destination, you don’t need to look any further than the beautiful Mandurah and Peel region.

 

Mendooran NSW A Quaint Country Village with a Choice of Caravan Parks

 

Many people love the freedom of the caravanning lifestyle, while others keep a caravan just for holidays. Having your own caravan means you no longer have to worry about paying for accommodation and can choose to stay in quiet, out of the way locations rather than in the middle of a town.

 

One such place that is frequented by many caravanners is the caravan park at Mendooran, a tiny village not too far from Dubbo, NSW.

 

The location makes it ideal for anyone travelling north from southern regions who wants to avoid the congested city roads and likewise, people travelling south from further north. For instance, if you are heading to Dubbo to visit the Western Plains Taronga Park Zoo, taking the detour through Mendooran will give you a quiet place to camp for the night. If you are heading that way from further north, take the Forest Road; it is all sealed and almost straight from the turn-off at….making it a good run and a great short-cut. You might even see a wallaby, emus, goats or Mallee fowl on the side of the road.

What to See in Mendooran

 

The caravan park has flushing toilets and is located at the town end of the bridge. It is a pleasant walk from there to the main village with its tiny supermarket, Post Office and even a craft shop. There is a park with nice amenities at that end of the town and a historic pub for those who want a meal or a cold one at the end of the day.

 

Mendooran village is unique for the amazing murals that depict various aspects of early rural life, painted on the walls of many older buildings. Sheep shearing, bullock teams, the birdlife, horse races and gatherings at a local show are all there for tourists to enjoy. This little village was once a thriving country centre but like many other small country towns has lost many of the businesses that were once available.

 

The streets are really wide, making it very easy to park or turn around with your Goldstream RV in tow. It is probably the only place where you might see someone slowly driving a car along the road while chatting to a horse rider going in the same direction.

And So to Western Plains Zoo

 

After you have a great night’s sleep and stock up on milk or groceries from the village, it is only a hop, skip and jump to Dubbo, and this satellite section of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. You you can spend the day seeing many exotic and native animals in an as-close-as-possible natural habitat. While Dubbo has many caravan parks with great facilities, none of them are free – and some are close to busy roads that the traffic never seems to stop all night long – so choose your overnight spot carefully.

Sixteen Hours of Daylight in Burnie Tasmania

 

The town of Burnie in Tasmania enjoys sixteen hours of sunlight in the summer – as do many other towns in that island state. That is much more than the rest of Australia can boast, so if you cross the Tasman to visit Tasmania you will have plenty of time to enjoy all that it offers.

 

Burnie is located on the North West coast of Tasmania approximately 130km from beautiful Launceston and 296km from Hobart. There are many beautiful, natural sights to see such as penguins, platypus, and alpacas in Burnie, amazing when not that many years ago it was an environmental disaster due to the various manufacturing industries there.

 

It is amazing what concerned local residents can do to prevent environmental damage and to reverse that damage after it has happened. These days the wildlife is safe and secure and provides many happy memories for tourists.

Where to Stay in Burnie

 

  • Burnie Holiday Caravan Park on the Bass Highway at Cooee is the obvious accommodation solution for those who travel with their Goldstream RV across the Tasman to visit this beautiful part of Australia. Here you will find a heated pool and free Wi-Fi and a camp kitchen with a gas oven, not to mention barbecues, for those times you want to enjoy cooking outside of your caravan.

 

  • For those with motor homes or caravans that are completely self contained there is free parking with a 5 night limit at Cooee Point, right on the coast at Burnie.

 

  • Just 6km out of Burnie you can find with its 12 acres of gardens, cabins and 42 powered sites for caravans. It also has a licensed restaurant onsite.

 

  • There is also the Burnie Ocean View Motel and Caravan Park – found at 253 Bass Highway – with plenty of sites for caravans at the back of the motel.

What to See in Burnie

 

The little penguins and platypus are now a feature of Burnie, having been rehabilitated after nearly being wiped out in the ’90s. The penguins come back from their day at sea about an hour before dark to their colonies, so this is the best time to see them – unless you are an early riser and can catch them as they leave for their fishing trip.

 

There are many local industries such as cheese and whiskey making, paper-making and many other crafts and arts. You can actually go and watch artisans as they make many beautiful items simply by attending the Makers Workshop in Burnie. And of course, there are many scenic walks in the area as well as public gardens to be enjoyed by all.

 

If you’ve been to Burnie, we’d love you to share your tips in the Comments section below.

Moore River and Guilderton Hidden Gems

 

Guilderton is located an hour north of Perth at the mouth of the Moore River. It is a picturesque area and a favourite for beach goers, families and fisherman with a choice of river or ocean activities. The river has safe swimming for children while the ocean offers good fishing and surfing. Commonly referred to as just ‘Moore River’, the town is a popular holiday destination and day trip from Perth.

Caravan and Camping Accommodation

 

The Guilderton Caravan Park provides spacious, shaded accommodation just metres from the beach with riverfront views. It features:

 

  • Unpowered and powered sites, many with hardstands

  • Modern laundry facilities

  • Fully enclosed outdoor kitchen

  • Children’s play area on the foreshore

  • Sheltered BBQ’s with seating

  • Public telephone

  • Security with a boom gate

  • Upgraded luxury ablutions

  • General store at entrance to park

  • No pets are allowed

Things To See and Do

 

A boardwalk along the river’s edge to the beach allows walkers to appreciate the many species of birds and the picturesque view across the river mouth. You can also:

 

  • Canoe, kayak or paddle on the river

  • Hire a small boat or take a skippered cruise up the river

  • When the sand bar is closed the estuary is warmer than the sea and very safe for swimming. The bar opens very infrequently depending on the season.

  • Dive, surf or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

  • Windsurf on the river or ocean

  • Enjoy mini golf, a skate park and children’s playground

  • Go sand boarding on the sand dunes

  • Beach fishing or fishing for bream in the river

  • Experience 4WDing over the dunes in Lancelin.

  • Go horseback riding along the river and through state forest.

  • Explore along the walking trails throughout the region.

  • Discover the interesting and unique local arts and crafts.

  • Take a relaxing drive along the many scenic coastal routes.

  • Enjoy a round of golf or tennis at the country club. The club also offers bowls and has a bar and restaurant dining facilities.

 

Marvel at the night sky through telescopes at the Gravity Discovery Centre, a short 10 min drive away. This is a premier science education centre and focusses on Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics and Gravity. There are daytime solar viewing and evening stargazing events.

 

This beautiful region is known as the ‘Gateway to the North’ and features the largest olive growing region in Western Australia, some fantastic regional wineries and stunning wildflower displays in season. Guilderton is an ideal base to venture out and see the world famous Pinnacles, the New Norcia Monastery, the pretty Chittering Valley and the northern Turquoise Coast.

 

So why not hitch up your Goldstream RV and come and see why more travellers are choosing the Moore River region to explore Western Australia’s beautiful coastline.

Take Solar Power on the Road

 

Over the past few years there has been a huge increase in the number of households in Australia that are connected to solar power. And the simple reasoning behind the widespread adoption of these panels is clear. They provide a relatively cheap, efficient and green way to harness something we have plenty of, sunlight, and convert it to useful power for use in our homes.

 

But what about our travelling homes?

 

The caravan and camping industry has always been adept at converting modern conveniences into adapted products that can be used on the road. And solar panels are no different.

Solar Blankets

 

The stumbling block for having mobile and easily transported solar panels was that they were inflexible sheets that were framed by glass. This made them bulky and difficult to pack and stow, which in turn made them highly impractical for use in caravans.

 

But then solar blankets came along. As the name implies, the solar cells are now placed on a flexible fabric, which can then be folded and rolled much like a sleeping bag when it is not in use.

 

The removal of glass means that they are also much more able to handle the everyday wear and tear of travelling, including light impacts or accidentally being stepped on, though we would still try and avoid that!

The Advantages

 

The fact these blankets are portable and flexible gives them a whole array of applications. For example, if you are parked for a short break, you can unroll your solar blanket on the windshield of your car to collect power while you relax.

 

Similarly, if you have an sun-exposed area away from your campsite, you can simply unroll your blanket there without the need to move your car or do any other time-consuming relocation.

 

There are some minor limitations to solar blankets when compared to their rigid cousins. Because they are less common, the price is higher than traditional solar units, although as with traditional solar, prices will fall over time as both supply and demand increase.

Some Tips

 

To get the best use out of your solar blanket, the peak UV times of the day will give you the most charge in the least amount of time. Generally speaking, between 11am and 3pm is the time when UV exposure is extreme.

 

Also, having your blanket pointed at a right angle to a direct line of sunlight will increase its efficiency. In simple terms, that means that when it’s midday and the sun is directly overhead, the blanket should be flat, and when the sun moves away, you should adjust it to make sure it is getting the most “direct” sunlight.

 

Solar panels are a great innovation for homes, and solar blankets mean that this efficiency, cost saving and green way of generating power can now come on the road as well.

 

Photo by: http://www.arb.com.au/

 

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