In my numerous travels to Perth, getting an affordable yet easily accessible accomodation is always a problem. Karrinyup Water Resort is one of the few that can be counted as value for money.
Location wise, it is an easy 15 minutes drive to the centre of Perth by Mitchell Freeway. It is also relatively near to the beach. Downside is there is no amenities nearby within walking distance. You need to drive to get things you want.
Facilities in the park - Very Good. There are two playgrounds, one very big jumping pillow and a picturesque lake with lots of ducks running around. There is also a heated pool, which suit my child very well as we came at the midst of winter. The other unheated normal pool is large, in fact one of the largest among caravan parks I have seen. I reckon this pool must be very popular during summer times.
Room wise, the one bedroom Cabin that I stayed is quite small compared to the other Caravan parks I stayed around WA. But this is expected as land cost is higher in Perth. The Cabin is also quite dated but you can see the owner is making effort to modernise them. The toilet basin and shower area for example are newly changed. The TV is also the new plasma type and is pretty big. Bed is clean and comfortable. My wife and I have a good night sleep, so did my children.
This park has a small library near the reception. The book selection is quite lousy so don't bother. There is also an internet kiosk which charges about $2 per 40 minutes, cheap by Australian standards. But this come with a catch, the internet keyboard is faulty and you have to punch really hard one by one to type a message, a real torture to me. I really hope the management can do something to this. Personally, I do not mind paying more money but have a good PC that I can use.
All in all, this is still a value for money accomodation option in Perth. If you drive, have children (who like to play and rough it out) and do not want to pay the exorbitant rates many CBD hotels are charging, this is the right place for you.
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