Author: brittanytaylor

Jun27

Pastoral land and white sandy beaches slowly transform into open red dirt country as you travel from Perth to the Shark Bay region.

This 10-hour drive from Perth can be done in a day but an overnight stop is recommended and Geraldton is the ideal halfway point. Along with its beautiful beaches, Geraldton’s revitalised waterfront and a flourishing café scene make it well worth a stop. From Geraldton, it’s 380km along the North West Coastal Highway to Western Australia’s first World Heritage Listed area – Shark Bay.

Start your sightseeing by stopping at the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, the world’s oldest living fossils, and then Shell Beach where trillions of tiny shells in layers up to 10 metres deep fill a 70km stretch of dazzling white beach. The shells were once quarried and used to build walls in local buildings.

Denham is your gateway to the region. Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre there for a detailed and visual insight into the history and geology of this special region. Not far from Denham is Francois Peron National Park with its spectacular coastal scenery. Once a working sheep station, you can visit the park’s Peron Homestead Precinct to learn more about the area’s Aboriginal and European history.  You can also take a dip in the hot tub filled with hot artesian waters.

To the west of Denham on Dirk Hartog Island, visit the 1616 landing site of Captain Dirk Hartog and explore many fascinating natural attractions, including the island’s blow holes. Day trips are available.

Just 26km east of Denham is the region’s most popular attraction – the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. For decades, dolphin pods have been visiting the beach and interacting with humans. Visitors can take part in daily feeding sessions, strictly supervised by Rangers and learn more about the dolphins’ remarkable social behaviours, many of which are unique to the dolphins of Monkey Mia.

Stay at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is the only accommodation at the famous dolphin beach. RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is situated midway up the West Australian coastline within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, home to one of the world’s best-known dolphin encounters.

The Resort offer holidaymakers a truly unique experience in unspoilt surrounds. With beachfront accommodation situated on the pristine shores of Shark Bay, you won’t have to go far to feel the sand between your toes.

Inside the Resort, which has undergone significant expansions and upgrades (due for completion in July 2018), there are accommodation options to suit all travellers. From luxurious beach front villas, to brand new 2 and 3 bedroom family villas, powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites, some in absolute beach front location to motel-style rooms, RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort gives holidaymakers the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Shark Bay- regardless of their budget.

Things to do

  • Meet the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia
  • Hire a kayak and explore Shark Bay along with the abundance of wildlife
  • Set sail on a Catamaran cruise
  • Go stargazing from the beach
  • Visit Ocean Park Aquarium, an eco-friendly attraction home to turtles, sea snakes, stingrays and view the hourly shark feedings
  • Take a dive tour from Steep Point, the westernmost point of Australia
  • Explore Dirk Hartog island on a day tour
  • Take an Indigenous cultural tour, learn about bush tucker and medicine
  • Stroll along Shell Beach, only one of two beaches in the world made entirely of tiny cockle shells
  • Dine at the Boughshed Restaurant at sunset, with spectacular views over Monkey Mia

Find out more.

Jun22

Only a few hours’ drive north of Perth, natural beauty is abundant in and around Cervantes, from the pearly white beaches and turquoise waters to stunning wildflower displays and surrounding highlands.

So visitors can get the most out of their visit to the area, RAC offer free self-guided tours through the easy to use Everythere app. The guided trails provide the history, stories, photos and videos as you make your way to each key location.

Just head to the location, open the app, find the tour you would like to take and set off. It’s that easy.

Going somewhere with limited mobile coverage? No problem, you can download your tour before you go.

Explore the truly unique landscape of the once hidden Pinnacles Desert, immerse yourself in some of Western Australia’s breathtaking wildflower country at Mt Lesueur, and check out the stromatolites at Lake Thetis

If you’re travelling to the area, download the free Everythere app – available for iPhone and Android – and make even more of your time at Cervantes.

Jun21

The Indian Ocean Festival has become the most anticipated event on the Turquoise Coast. Incorporating the blessing of the crayfishing fleet the community event is a day packed full of entertainment for the whole family. Watch the rope coiling championships, visit market stalls, listen to live music, there’s amusements, cultural events, licensed bar and fireworks.

To embrace the festival spirit we will be hosting a pre-event BBQ alongside the RAC Rescue helicopter experience on Friday afternoon (November 10th) at 3pm at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park. Come and enjoy a free hotdog and cool-drink and try out the RAC Rescue experience.

The RAC Rescue Experience gives an insight into the incredible work of the RAC Rescue helicopters. The experience enables you to take to the sky with the crew using virtual reality technology. The 4 minute, 360 degree experience takes you on a mission on board one of the RAC Rescue helicopters.

Then wake up on Saturday morning (already there!) and catch the free shuttle bus to the Indian Ocean Festival in Jurien Bay.

Shuttle Bus will run from RAC Cervantes Holiday Park to the Indian Ocean Festival at Dobbyn Park, Jurien Bay where the festival will be held. Entry is $2.

Shuttle Bus Timetable

Leave Cervantes (to Jurien) Leave Jurien Bay (to Cervantes)
10.30am 11.30am
12.30pm 1.30pm
2.30pm 3.30pm
4.30pm 5.30pm
6.30pm 7.30pm
8.30pm 9.30pm
Jun20

Ningaloo Reef and adjacent islands are one of the world’s major nesting areas for sea turtles. During the nesting season between December and March, Green and Loggerhead turtles make their way up the beaches to lay their eggs – Find a tour.

The loggerhead turtle is the most endangered species of sea turtle in the world, and Western Australia’s Coral Coast is home to the two major breeding sites during turtle nesting season. The Ningaloo Reef region also supports large populations of green, hawksbill and flatback turtles, and Shark Bay is an important turtle nesting site, with up to 6,000 sea turtles living in its waters. The Department of Parks and Environment (DPAW) Western Australian Marine Turtle Project is researching valuable information into the life history, behaviour and conservation of turtles in Shark Bay.

Night tours provide the opportunity to watch the turtles make their long arduous journey up the beaches to lay their eggs or to watch the hatchlings scramble down to the water’s edge.

Book at RAC Exmouth Holiday Park or Ningaloo Reef Resort to tick off this bucket list item.

Information and images from Australian Coral Coast

Jun19

GAMEX is Western Australia’s premier fishing event. Held in March each year by the Exmouth Game Fishing Club, GAMEX offers teams the chance to compete for 23 different prize categories targeting over 35 different species of game fish – including all six Australian billfish species – in the fish rich waters off Exmouth. No other fishing tournament in the country offers such diverse and productive fishing within a short distance from shore.

In GAMEX 2014 there were over 100 billfish tagged each day – catch and release numbers that rival those of the world’s very best game and sport fishing tournaments. Large and small vessels participate in GAMEX, with experienced and novice anglers fishing side by side. All fishing areas are close to launching facilities, moorings or marina pens, and the wide range of species and tournament sections ensure everyone has a great chance of winning a fantastic prize.

But GAMEX is more than just a fishing tournament. The GAMEX social calendar features functions, children’s clinics, gourmet evenings, family fun days and team dress-up nights. The event also includes scientific studies, educational sessions and product information. In short, a wealth of activities for both anglers and non-anglers.

Dates for GAMEX 2018 are March 16-24. For entry forms or more information on GAMEX 2018, visit: www.gamex.net.au or contact the Exmouth Game Fishing Club.

View the GAMEX 2017 information brochure.

Book your stay at RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.

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Information from visitningaloo.com.au. Images from Australia’s Coral Coast.

Jun18

RAC Parks & Resorts are excited to announce their involvement in the sixth series of Destination WA, a program celebrating everything great about our incredibly diverse state. Viewers get the chance to experience an array of unique Western Australian destinations from their living rooms, as hosts Trevor Cochrane and Chrissy Morrisy explore the very best places to holiday.

In episode one, RAC Parks & Resorts welcomed the Destination WA team to stay at the newly renovated RAC Cervantes Holiday Park. When it came to discovering local attractions, our friendly RAC staff were happy to point them in the right direction. The team spent the day exploring Mount Lesueur National Park and its spectacular array of wildflowers, as well as the iconic Pinnacles of Nambung National Park.

Episode two saw the Destination WA team travel 9 hours north of Perth to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. Chrissy made the most of the resorts pristine beachfront location, stepping straight into one of Australia’s most iconic wildlife encounters, the meeting of the Monkey Mia dolphins.

In this episode, Chrissy and the kids explore our award winning RAC Busselton Holiday Park and the amazing facilities at the property. From endless hours on the jumping pillow and playgrounds, to a cool dip in the pool to riding the BMX track or catching a fish at Geographe Bay, there is never a dull moment. At night, the whole family participated in the Possum tour and Chrissy even got the chance to hold a baby rescue possum.

In this episode, we welcomed Trevor and Chrissy to RAC Cervantes Holiday Park where they make the most of our newly redeveloped and award winning facilities. After fishing for herring off the Cervantes town Jetty just a short walking distance from the park, they get down to preparing their families a feast in the new camp kitchen. They then set out to do exactly what holidays are all about, kicking back and relaxing as the kids enjoy the sparkling swimming pool.

This week, Chrissy explores Francois Peron National Park from her base at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. She sets off on an adventure with Capesy from Wula Gura Cultural tours, on which he teaches her the traditional aboriginal culture and history of the Shark Bay World heritage Area. Highlighting the remarkable uniqueness of the region, they treat themselves to local delicacies such as wild berries and freshly shucked oysters from the picturesque Bottle Bay. They finish off the day by taking in the breathtaking views from Skipjack Point Lookout and a truly immersive experience where the stunning red sand meets the salt water.

Chrissy takes a visit to the RAC Busselton Holiday Park. Just a gentle stroll from the waters of Geographe Bay and nestled in 8 hectares of natural bushland this is the perfect place in to base yourself in our South West for a family holiday! There are a variety of accommodation options; you can pitch a tent or stay in a luxurious villa. Each morning a local French bakery comes to the park to deliver fresh pastries to guests. There is also a fantastic camp kitchen and barbeque facilities to cook up your own. It’s a great way to meet people and share stories of the region. There are so many activities within the park for the kids to do; jumping pillows, peddle cars, a BMX track, activity room and mini golf- which is fun for adults too. There are also two pools for swimming in. The Holiday Park is also a nature and eco park, home to some great wildlife. Once a week you can take a possum tour which is one of the many free activities designed for families.

This week, Chrissy and her family explore the majestic Karri Forest near Pemberton. RAC Karri Valley Resort is located just 4 hours south of Perth, surrounded by fantastic walking trails in Beedelup National Park. In this episode, Chrissy and the kids take a hike to the Beedelup Falls, a 4.5 km round walking trip in a nature lovers paradise. Along the way, they pass through a 75m towering Karri tree, which is over 100 years old. The best spot to view the Beedelup Falls are from the suspension bridge which runs over the natural springs.

In this episode of Channel 9’s Destination WA, Chrissy and the kids enjoy all the facilities at RAC Karri Valley Resort, including canoeing, fishing, swimming and following the many hiking trails around the resort. The Lakeside Restaurant overlooks Lake Beedelup and offers a variety of mouth-watering dishes, created by the Head Chef and sourced from local ingredients.

Chrissy and Trevor are staying at RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park. This place is all about connecting with, and looking after, nature. Not far away we have Yardi Creek and the Ningaloo Marine Park as well. In true RAC Holiday Park style, you don’t have to travel far to get up close to the local wildlife, as the team here are often looking after foster babies, and always the chance to feed them or have a pat! This is a great place to base yourself to see everything that the area has to offer. Directly opposite the Park, is the Ningaloo Visitor Center who have a wealth of knowledge to hand! At the park, there are plenty of places to stay, with ensuite available for those who want a bit more luxury. The Blue Reef Motel, with dormitory style rooms, and shared bathrooms is perfect for the adventure seeking budget traveler, or solo traveler. There is also comfy accommodation that suits up to 6 people – all with cooking facilities! If you are looking to cool off there is a lagoon style swimming pool. There is also a large children’s playground with peddle bikes available for a bit of crazy fun around the park. The Vlamingh Lighthouse keeps watch over this stunning coast looking out over Ningaloo and is a perfect spot if you want to catch that beautiful sunset.

This week the Destination WA team continue to explore Australia’s Coral Coast 1200km’s north of Perth, at the picturesque beach town of Coral Bay. After a day of exploring the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park,  we welcomed Trevor, Chrissy and the kids for some R&R at Ningaloo Reef Resort. Just a 45 second walk from the turquoise waters of Coral Bay, it was the perfect place for the team to kick back and watch the sunset over a meal from Shades Café.

This week the team are beach hopping the Cape Range in Exmouth, a short 2 and a half hour flight north of Perth. Trevor and Chrissy show us that you don’t need big bucks to catch the wow factor of the region. After hiring snorkeling equipment from the friendly staff at RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, Trevor, Chrissy and the kids spend the day exploring the Ningaloo Reef on a drift dive just 15 meters off the beach at the spectacular Turquoise Bay.

To check out more of Destination WA’s adventures, visit their Facebook Page here

Jun18

The Western Australian Government has announced a five year deal with regional airline operator Regional Express (Rex) to take over the scheduled air service from Perth to Carnarvon and Monkey Mia.

The deal will see a 50% increase in scheduled flights to Monkey Mia and a 20% increase in scheduled flights to Carnarvon – resulting in 24 weekly service between Perth and Carnarvon and 12 to Monkey Mia.

With fares from Perth to Monkey Mia as little as $157 one way if booked 60 days prior, the deal not only enables residents to get to and from Perth more frequently, but allows further opportunities for tourists to explore the stunning Coral Coast region.

The new flight schedule will begin on the 1 July 2018, with tickets on sale now.

For more information or to book your next flight, visit rex.com.au or your local RAC Travel Centre.

Jun17

Situated on UNESCO World heritage listed property, RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort near Shark Bay has been a family holiday destination for over 40 years. The Resort has undergone extensive redevelopment and expansion in the last months, including the build of 12 new family villas and over 80 additional caravan and camping sites and other facilities guests can enjoy from 1st July 2018.

Overlooking the beach, the 2 and 3 bedroom family villas sleep a family of 6 or 8 and are fully self-contained. These villas are located within close proximity to the Boughshed Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For lovers of camping, the new beachfront caravan and camping sites will impress with the absolute beach front location and uninterrupted views of Dolphin Bay, while being conveniently located close to all common areas and Resort facilities. Each site also has water and power supply for added convenience.

Book your stay at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort now.

Jun10

Friday 6 April 2018

RAC announces the acquisition of eco-style Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat, renamed RAC Margaret River Nature Park to promote its unique location in the heart of the Margaret River Region in WA’s South West.

RAC Executive General Manager Brand and Tourism, Tony Pickworth, said the new acquisition would give RAC members and other guests a relaxing and authentic South West bushland experience.

“Located among the tall timber of the Wooditjup National Park (formerly Bramley), the park provides guests with a nature based holiday, displaying the unique beauty of the Margaret River region,” Mr Pickworth said.

“RAC Margaret River Nature Park includes cabins, safari tents, dorm rooms and powered caravan and camp sites, giving guests a range of ways to tailor their experience.”

The park joins other iconic WA locations in the RAC Parks and Resorts family, including RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, RAC Cervantes Holiday Park, RAC Busselton Holiday Park, RAC Karri Valley Resort and the Ningaloo Reef Resort in Coral Bay.

“Whilst our parks and resorts welcome guests from all over the world, they are designed to encourage Western Australians to holiday in their own backyard, and offer value for money experiences in WA’s most popular tourism destinations,” Mr Pickworth said.

RAC members can save up to 20 per cent, with other motoring club members also receiving discounts on stays. Guests will also soon be able to use RAC’s new ‘lay-by’ system to book their holiday and pay it off in instalments.

About the property:

  • Surrounded by a myriad of walking and bike trails, just two kilometres from the Margaret River town centre, it offers a beautiful nature based eco-experience with a range of attractions and activities on its doorstep.
  • It offers shady well-spaced powered campsites and caravan sites amongst the trees, spacious cabins, a large four room eco-lodge, dorm rooms and basic safari tents.
  • The park activities include: bike riding, bush walking, mountain biking, adventure playground and is a short 11kms drive from the beach at Prevelly.
  • RAC Margaret River Nature Park can cater for large groups and is perfect for school camps, sporting groups and clubs.
  • Located 2km north of Margaret River town centre. Margaret River is 270km, or 3 hour drive south of Perth.
Jun05

Australia South West Forest Region offers visitors an array of unique experiences. 2019 Unearthed Festival in Pemberton encourages us off the beaten track and through the gates, doors and pantries of local creators and their labours. From the 3rd – 10th May, the festival will showcase the regions premier food and wine producers, culinary professionals, art, heritage and of course natural beauty. With a wide range of unique experiences on offer, this seven-day event is jam-packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Stay at RAC Karri Valley Resort

Situated in the heart of the Pemberton food and wine region, RAC Karri Valley Resort offers the perfect home away from home from which to explore all the festival has to offer. Stay and play with a range of accommodation options.