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SA, Koongawa, Kooma View Farmstay

Date of Stay: April 2023 Rating: 2.5
This place is located at a deserted farmhouse, although the owners of the existing farm (living 5 km away) have opened it up for donation camping and allow you to walk through their old farmhouse which has more or less been left as it was, furnished and all. Amazing. Family portraits and everything. Firewood can be collected off the ground - no chopping down of trees, as I see some idiots do elsewhere. It was a tad noisy at first but then the traffic stopped overnight. There is even a dump point. Take all rubbish, including cans and bottles, with you.

SA, Iron Knob, Iron Knob RV Park

Date of Stay: April 2023 Rating: 2
Open area for 48 hour stays. Slightly sloping area so ramps may be needed. Clean toilets in an old toilet block but new ones are in the process of being built. 3 donation points - near the toilet block, near the large camp kitchen, and another at the Dump Point. The local post office is at the same place. We sank a few Guinesses (again) at the bowls club (open from 5pm Tues, Thurs, and Sat) on Saturday night - the locals were again so welcoming. Nothing else is in town since the mine downgraded its operations.

SA, Haslam, Haslam Camping Area

Date of Stay: April 2023 Rating: 2
$15 per night. Payment via envelope under small shelter near path to jetty. Bins, toilets, and dump point all at the jetty about 100 m away. Undercover pergola. Just park where it suits you. Enough room for 12-15 vans. Fires prohibited. The jetty is famous for squid fishing (even we cought some!)

WA, Norseman, Norseman RV Park

Date of Stay: April 2023 Rating: 2.5
Sites are now marked out around the perimeter, but while we were there, "overflow" vans parked in the middle as well. Level sites, very little shade. There is a new dump point and potable water just to the east of the park with access via Sinclair Street. Potable water is via a token only, purchased from the tourist info centre or IGA, $2 for 60L. The old dump point and free water point near the pool has been removed.

WA, Ravensthorpe, Ravensthorpe RV Rest Area

Date of Stay: April 2023 Rating: 2
A basis area set aside for self-contained camping over 48-hours. The ground is very slopy in most parts. Shaded areas back onto the main road. Bins are the only "facilities". The ranger comes daily to kick out non-self-contained vehicles and check that grey water outlets are turned off. We stayed there one night and it was quiet. A walk around town was interesting.

SA, Crystal Brook, Jubilee Park

Date of Stay: April 2023 Rating: 1.5
Right next to the railway line that can have loooong freight trains with 3 locos that take over 4 minutes to trundle past at night. Level sites on firm gravel base. Some grass access but not for parking on. Free potable water in the middle of the verge toward southern end. Dump point on roadside next to toilet block. A short stagger to the pub that offers very good meals.

WA, Bridgetown, Bridgetown RV Park

Date of Stay: March 2023 Rating: 1.5
Just a basic parking area. Potable water but no permanent connection allowed. Dump point and bins. Just across the disused railway line from town. Very quiet. Level area.

WA, Perth, Crystal Brook Caravan Park - Orange Grove

Date of Stay: March 2023 Rating: 3.5
A mixture of sites here. Because it is a capital city caravan park, it has a lot of permanents but it generally looks well maintained. We only stayed the one night but the pool looked clean as did the bbq area. The amenities were up to scratch. Book-in was friendly. There is a large area for tourist vans along the large boundary fence and a smaller area closer to the road as an overflow. All were grassy sites.

WA, Mandurah, Mandurah Caravan And Tourist Park

Date of Stay: March 2023 Rating: 4
This place was chockers, with a lot of kids that their parents must have said at 6am to go and play around other people's vans. Rules about bike helmets, not riding after dark, and not riding through sites was mostly ignored. The staff did not give a damn when I commented about it. It is an accident/tragedy waiting to happen. Sites are level and grassy. Most with slabs. Pool and amenities are spotless. Reception was friendly, and the reception area is unique (I won't spoil it).

WA, Busselton, Lazy Days Caravan Park

Date of Stay: March 2023 Rating: 3
A basic park that seems to not have much TLC being undertaken. The toilet block is a bit ho-hum. It was being painted while we were there, but paint does not fix the tired feeling of it. There appeared to be no gardening maintenance done by the staff, only by the permanents. Things broken, eg kids playground swing, and looks to be broken a long time. The park map is wrong, with a supposed road right next to our site so we had traffic going past quite close until I found a "witches hat" which did not stop the traffic but at least made it pass not so close.