Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park Review, Albany Western Australia

It’s not often you can find a location let alone an accommodation that caters for all demographics.  We recently stayed at the Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park in Albany, Western Australia and what a find this place is!  Even though we are staying at this Emu Point accommodation on a family holiday, it is not until we delve in and do this Albany holiday park reviews that we see it offers such a wide choice of accommodations to suit so many.

In this Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park Review You Will Learn:

The Big 4 Emu Beach offers unpowered sites, powered caravan sites, ensuite caravan sites, motel units and one, two and three bedroom chalet type units.  If you have brought your own accommodation (AKA – tent or caravan) outside of school holidays then it is also one of the dog-friendly caravan parks in Albany.

We have booked the medium two bedroom chalet for five nights’ accommodation in Albany during the summer school holidays.

The Medium 2 Bedroom Emu Beach Chalet

After checking in at reception we pull into our dedicated red bitumen car bay right next to our cabin.

Small Balcony

We access the front glass sliding doors from the timber decked covered balcony with a small marble laminate four-seater table that overlooks a clean free communal BBQ surrounded by green manicured gardens.

Communial BBQ surrounded by Emu Beach chalets in manicured gardens

Communial BBQ

Lounge

Through the glass doors is the timber look linoleum living area with a three seater black leather couch looking onto a good sized TV and DVD player (you can hire DVDs from the office).  A low wooden coffee table and side table are an easy stretch from the couch.

There is ceiling fan and gas heater which should be sufficient in keeping the cabin comfortable for most of the year as Albany is located in the south of Western Australia and generally doesn’t get anywhere near as hot as Perth.

The lounge is quite a good size and there is ample room to leave our large suitcase, eski/cooler box and our son Lewis’ scooter without them being in the way.

Emu beach chalet lounge with black couch coffee table and TV

Emu Beach chalet lounge room

Kitchen/Dining

On the other side of this large open room is the kitchen and dining area.

A wooden dining table with four chairs sits in the middle of the L shaped white gloss kitchen with a four burner gas stove, range hood, full-sized fridge, microwave and broom closet with iron, ironing board, broom, dustpan, mop and bucket.

Inside the cupboards you will find:

  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Plunger
  • Frypan
  • Two saucepans
  • Grater
  • Two chopping boards
  • Three chopping knives (that are actually sharp)
  • Bowl
  • Three Pyrex dishes
  • Crockery, cutlery, mugs, glasses and wine glasses for four people

To clean up after there is detergent, cloths, tea towel and fly spray.  There is also a starter kit of tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper.

Emu Beach chalet kitchen and dining table

Emu Beach chalet kitchen

Bathroom

Walking through the doorway in the middle of the lounge/kitchen area leads to a small hall.  Straight in front of me is a very clean compact white tiled bathroom that contains a shower/bath, toilet and narrow vanity with a hairdryer and spare toilet paper (if you need more during your stay just catch the cleaners whilst they are about in the area).

In the carpeted bedrooms at both ends of the hall, we are provided with a total of four bath towels, two face washers and a bathmat.

Main Bedroom

A small window with block out curtains is above the extremely comfortable queen-sized bed made up with hotel grade white sheets, four pillows, red foot runner and cushions.

There are also two bedside tables with bright reading lamps, a wardrobe with hanging space and two shelves containing extra blankets and a luggage rack. Next to the wardrobe is a wooden vanity shelf and white framed mirror.

queen size bed with wardrobe to the side in Albany caravan park chaletchalet

Main bedroom in Emu Beach chalet

Second Bedroom

Meanwhile, the second bedroom has a large window with the same brown block out curtains that are throughout the chalet and twin beds with matching dark brown covers over the hotel grade white sheets, pillows and blankets.  Between the beds is a small side table with a light.

In the wardrobe, there is a hanging rail, shelves and a clothes horse.  Again next to the wardrobe is a wooden vanity shelf and white framed mirror.

Twin beds in Albany caravan park chalet
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Bedroom two

Facilities

Our cabin is immaculately clean (I didn’t even need to rewash the kitchen equipment, which so often happens) this mirrors the maintenance of the rest of the park.  We noticed as soon as campers and caravans vacated the lawns were watered ensuring the park stays lush and green.  The cleaning van was always about and seemed to be in refreshing the motel rooms, villas or chalets as soon as they were vacated.

I seriously have to commend the cleaning staff.  We accidentally left our phone chargers still plugged in the wall on departure.  An hour and a half later part way back to Perth we had a phone call to advise us.  The reception staff at the Emu Beach caravan park arranged to have our chargers mailed back to us in Perth – I was happy to pay the small $10 postage fee for my error.

Office

This is the style of exceptional service we receive on arriving at the park office as well.  The office is the first place you drive past as you enter the park and of course when you first arrive will have to stop and book in.

We booked via the Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park website (see link below) and everything is ready to go when we arrive.  We are provided with our cabin key, security codes to enter the ablution blocks, free WiFi passwords and a park map along with directions to reach our cabin.

Inside the office, there is also lots of tourism brochures, plus a few simple necessities to buy like ice, milk and bread, though prices are at a premium for the convenience.

The office also has the best WiFi connection if you are struggling because the park is too busy.

Across from the office is a large green space where the food trucks can be found serving fish and chips a couple of nights a week and proper coffee in the mornings

Three Ablution Blocks

There are three large ablution blocks through the park for those in a tent or caravan.  As mentioned to access the clean and very modern grey and white tiled facilities for men, women and families.

There is also a laundry ($5/wash) and washing lines just outside.  The only thing we aren’t provided within our cabin is pegs – something to add to your self-catering packing list.

Big 4 Albany laundry

Laundry

Camp Kitchen and BBQ’s

There are several single BBQ’s dotted about the park nestled amongst the Emu beach chalets, cabins and villas.  There is also a large sheltered camp kitchen near the unpowered camping sites.  Inside the Big 4 camp kitchen are three BBQs, tables and chairs, a communal fridge and sink.

For the Kids and Young at Heart

However, the whole reason I initially chose to stay at this Emu Beach holiday park is for the selection of additions facilities for the kids.  But what I learn during our stay is that these facilities can be used by the adults as well!

Big 4 Albany facilities:

  • Jumping pillow – no shoes allowed
  • Playground
  • Kids Club open during school holidays with craft activities
  • Recreation and Theatre Room
    • With table tennis (pay a refundable deposit at the office for bat and ball),
    • Pool table $2 per game,
    • Large screen with kids movies playing during the day
  • Mini Golf (again a refundable deposit for golf stick and ball)
  • Peddle carts
    • 1 x family go-karts (seats 4) for $20 per hour
    • 1 x double go-kart (seats 2) for $15 per hour
    • 1 x single go-kart (seats 1) for $15 per hour

These are all open daily from 9am to 6pm and you don’t have to be a kid to use them.  I saw plenty of adults enjoying a round of mini golf and playing pool in the rec room.

Top Trip Tips: Planning a Stay at Big 4 Emu Beach

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Location

The Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park is situated on the picturesque coastline of Emu Beach near Emu Point, Albany; about 5 km from the centre of Albany town in Southern Western Australia approximately a five-hour drive from Perth.

Emu Beach is a short walk over the sand dunes from this caravan park.  A paved boardwalk runs for miles south-west towards Middleton beach (about a 45 minute walk) or northeast to Emu Point and beyond.

This exceptionally well maintained Albany caravan park is one of two Emu Point caravan parks, the other is Acclaim Rose Gardens Beachside Holiday Park.  There are also two other places offering chalets, Emu Beach Chalets and Havana Villas, plus the Emu Point Motel.  It is also one of two Big 4 caravan parks in Albany – the other is at Middleton Beach.

But, we are looking for something that also offers great additional facilities, beyond just a room at the best price.  We found the Big 4 Emu Beach delivers in spades.

Website and Cost

It cost us $215/night (January 2019) for the two bedroom chalet.  We booked directly through the Big 4 Albany Holiday Park website.

But you can also book through Booking.com and check out TripAdvisor for more reviews and prices.

What to Pack for Albany

Albany can be cold so even in the middle of summer include some warm clothing in your Ultimate Trip Packing List.

Emu Beach is, well, on the beach; so don’t forget your swimming clothes and beach towels.  The beach day packing list will prompt you on more things to pack for the beach.

For the kids include a scooter or bike and helmet.  Check out:

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Staying in self-catering accommodation like the Big 4 Emu Beach Holiday Park you’ll also need to pack groceries.  Our self-catering packing list has a meal planner and shopping list as well as all the essentials for a self-catering holiday.

Things to Do in Albany

Albany offers such a diverse range of things to do from strolls along the beach, historical and educational attractions, to exploring rugged landscapes.

Coming soon I will be writing about five Albany day trips including seeing Albany WA’s historic sights, exploring Torndirrup National Park and a Denmark foodies guide.  Like us Facebook or sign up to the e-newletter to learn when these posts are published.

In the meantime check out our post on the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk – a must-do day trip in Western Australia’s South West

You’ll find the following tourism websites useful for planning your trip to Albany

Or read one of these West Australian travel guides

Seriously, I hadn’t visited Albany since I was a teenager and I thoroughly enjoyed taking my family to explore this beautiful destination, staying at this well maintained.  I hope that this Big4 Emu Beach Holiday park review helps you in deciding if this the right Albany accommodation for you.  Let me know in the comments.

Four activities at the Big 4 Emu Beach Holiday Park - jumping pillow, BBQ, playground, mini golf

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