Located within the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Coalmine Beach Holiday Park is the perfect spot to get away from it all. It also just happens to be conveniently located just 3.5km from the township of Walpole, a small and charming well serviced place with the best bakery goods (and pretty decent coffee!), that we have found since arriving in WA nearly three years ago.
Whether it is the swimming, fishing, sightseeing, bush-walking, pristine beaches or stunning bush settings surrounding you that interests you most, one thing is for sure – at Coalmine Beach Resort - there is more to do than you can find time for!
The Munda Biddi Bike Trail runs through the area between Walpole and Denmark and you have good access to the internationally renowned Bibbulmun Track which extends nearly 1,000km from the hills of Perth to Albany on the state's southern coast. The Walpole portion of the Track offers unrivalled views of rugged coast, tingle forest, heathlands and low woodlands.
Our family of five travelled down in the April school holidays for nine nights over Easter … and had such an exceptional time that (like many others there) we re-booked our return visit for Easter 2015 upon departure!
The park has the perfect accommodation options for all family types including en-suite chalets, standard cabins along with powered and unpowered sites for caravans and tents. The park is surrounded by stunning tall trees, giving the feeling of camping in the bush, probably because basically you are. The facilities are very clean and well maintained with some of the common areas relatively new. There is a well-stocked front of house shop with lots of essentials, including bait and the management were very friendly and inviting people.
We stayed in a standard cabin, they were small but perfectly catered for families including a fridge, microwave, cooktop and heating/cooling. Bunk beds for the kids and we had a small double at one end behind a rolling door giving the feeling of space. The tent sites appeared to all be very well located and came in many different sizes accommodating small pop up tents right through to large camper trailer or carvans as well as tents with gazebos and families who liked to get set up with 'the works'. The park had communial BBQs situated throughout as well as campers kitchens and if you happen to be there at the right time of year, there are purpose built camp fire spots dotted everywhere, perfect for roasting marshmellows after a long day out playing.
Staying over Easter (which also coincided with the school holidays), the atmosphere was sensational! It took all of 30 seconds after arrival to lose two out of three kids to the swarm of bare foot or gumboot clad children roaming the autumn looking leaf covered land, making cubbies in the trees and fishing off the stunning beach. Excellent.
Families also experienced the fun and excitement of watching movies just on dark in the outdoor cinema, run a few times a week. Layered up with warm winter woolies (the temperature did get quite at night), a chair, blanket and plenty of popcorn, we wandered down to a clearing and settled in for kiddo fun.
One of the best parts about Coalmine Beach Resort, is that it is right slap bang in the middle of a National Park and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
Despite our children’s wish to stay and make adventures at the park each day, we were keen to explore the area with one of the highlights being the tree to top walk in the Valley Of The Giants. The Tree Top Walk is west of Denmark and east of Walpole on the Southern Ocean Coast of Western Australia. It is located in the heart of the Valley of the Giantsis an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction. The Tree Top Walk is 600 metres of gentle gradient slope, suitable for children and all ages, including wheelchairs and strollers.
The walk trail links the Tree Top Walk to the Ancient Empire boardwalk where you can get up close and personal to the 400-year-old giants of the forest. These trees were breathtaking and unlike anything we have ever seen before and we were able to see the Giant Tingle Tree – The World's Largest Girthed Living Eucalypt!!
During the school holiday periods they also put on events for children, one of which made my skin crawl! Being from New Zealand, snakes are definately something that I have slowly had to come to grips with, not because they are slithering aroud neighbourhoods, but because there are 'pop-up' snake petting zoos everywhere. You might be walking through a shopping centre only to turn around and find a slithering head just centermeters away from you. This particular snake exhibit however, had very friendly experienced and expert parks people talking about these snakes and interacting with kids. If the kids were keen, they had the opportunity to hold one, or if you were like my three year old - bascially be wrapped up in snakes. This was quite comical for my three year old who had a lovely encounter with Bob, a rather large python, who was wrapped around ... and around ... and around his tiny body and over his shoulders, so that Bob didn't come off.
Whether you enjoy a laid back camping experience or a more adventrous holiday, Coalmine Beach Caravan Park is the perfect place for everyone and plenty of wonderful memories will be made.