RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

Arriving at the RAC Caravan Park in Monkey Mia was a relief after travelling for more than five hours however we still had to queue to pay our fees.

Monkey Mia is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage site and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, charge a fee for admission. The day permit is $15 per person ($10 for seniors) and the holiday permit, which can be up to four weeks costs $25 per person ($20 for seniors).

Next up was check-in at the very brand-new looking reception at the caravan park. All vehicles must be registered and we were issued with a code, which enabled us to get through the cable gate at the entrance to the park.

We had booked a powered site, which cost us $131.10 for three nights (20% RAC discount). The sites were the biggest we had come across on this trip with loads of room for caravans and cars.

RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

There is complimentary wifi on site however this only works for a free 24-hour trial. The park offers a range of paid vouchers for further wifi connection. There is no Optus mobile coverage in this area. No smoking is allowed anywhere on the resort. Pets are permitted on payment of a bond but must be kept on a lead at all times.

The camp kitchen, recreation room and ablution blocks at Monkey Mia were very similar to RAC Cervantes but the Monkey Mia site is much larger and boasts a restaurant, tourism booking office, bar, beach volleyball, giant chess, tennis courts, a hot tub and two swimming pools as well as a large general stores which sells milk, cheese and snacks together with souvenir items.

RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

All amenities were kept well however the ovens in the camp kitchen definitely needed a good clean.

Accommodation options include powered and unpowered sites, dormitories, cabins, villas and hotel-style rooms. Costs are significantly higher during school holidays.

The resort is on the beachfront and there is easy access to wildlife cruises, swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.

We chose to have breakfast in the Boughshed restaurant on our last morning. There is an a-la-carte option but most diners, including our group, opted for the $29 hot buffet and continental breakfast. The food was fine and there is a large selection. If you choose to sit outside, watch out for the seagulls that seem to love the buffet too.

RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

Denham, a 24 kms drive, is the nearest town to Monkey Mia – groceries and fuel are much cheaper there and daily newspapers are available.

Monkey Mia is a lovely area with a good campsite and I am so glad that we made the effort to go and enjoy the resort.

RAC Caravan Park, Monkey Mia

Address: 1 Monkey Mia Road, Denham

Phone: 08 9948 1320

Reservations: Recommended

Opening hours: Reception hours are 8am-8pm, daily

Website: parksandresorts.rac.com.au/monkey-mia/

About Hazel Broomhead

My name is Hazel and I am a Perth senior!

Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, my husband and I moved to New Zealand with our children in 1974. As my husband is in the oil business, we moved to several other countries including the Sultanate of Oman, the Netherlands, Singapore, the Philippines, the USA, Russia and Kazakhstan during the next 36 years before retiring to Perth.

We have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live in different parts of the globe – New Zealand, Scotland and Colombia - which makes a great excuse for us to travel and visit.

My career background is in radio and print journalism in Scotland and New Zealand as well as public relations in various other countries.

We love to eat out, walk, travel and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle here in Western Australia.

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