My Review: RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

Cervantes is a small coastal town in Western Australia named after an American vessel that sank off its coast in 1844 and is now the home of many a lobster fisherman.  So why would you visit Cervantes?  Well, it is the closest town (a mere 10 minutes) to the Pinnacles Desert.  Plus it’s got beautiful beaches, great fishing and stunning wildflowers within the Nambung National Park that skirt’s around its perimeter.

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If you are looking for Cervantes accommodation to visit the Pinnacles there are a few choices:

We choose the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park for our holiday vacation to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert, which has undergone a recent upgrade after RAC took over the lease in late 2014.  Earlier this year (2017) new villas, camp kitchen, games room, ablution block and swimming pool were built and opened.  I have booked one of the brand new two bedroom villas through the RAC website.  However, you can look at using an online booking system like Hotels Combined* to find the best price for you.

My RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert. Staying in the new Pinnacles caravan park villas and using the new facilites.. Great option for families looking for Cervantes accommodation at the Pinnacles.

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The RAC Cervantes Holiday Park Assessment

After a two-hour drive north of Perth, up the Indian Ocean Highway, we arrive at Cervantes.  The town is small and well signposted.  Making it is easy to locate the Cervantes caravan park on the beach front.

Check-in

Pulling into the car park that looks across the green grassy expanse to the Indian Ocean.  I dash into the bright blue front building that houses the reception desk, a small kiosk, a few tourist brochures and the SeaShells Cafe.  The lady on reception is friendly and organised.  Our Cervantes accommodation papers are ready with a key to our villa, map of the caravan park, WiFi login details and access codes to the ablution blocks, including laundry – should we need them.

We easily navigate the car to our villa.

The two bedroom villa

As my husband, Steve unloads the suitcase, Eski/cooler and dry goods box – packed for a self-catering holiday, our son Lewis and I explore the brand new villa at Cervantes Holiday Park.

We walk up three steps to the wooden deck that overlooks the pool, toddler playground, and games room.  Later, I will notice the ocean glimpses as I sit back and relax on the deck.

The view from my villa at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park this is my review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new villas with new park facilities.

Ocean views from villa

For now, I  step through the glass sliding doors of the two bedroom villa into the open plan lounge, dining and kitchen.  The floors are a sensible dark timber look vinyl – easy to keep clean for a seaside location (there’s even a broom if you need to sweep away the sand).

The living/dining room and kitchen of the two bedroom villa I am reviewing at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park, Western Australia

Main living room and kitchen of the two bedroom villa

A small hallway leads to the main bedroom with a comfortable queen size bed, large mirrored wardrobe that contains a second TV, desk, spare pillows and blankets.

The main bedroom in the two bedroom villa I review at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new two bedroom villa.

The main bedroom in the new two bedroom villa

The second bedroom has two sets of bunk beds and bath towels for all – perfect if you have lots of kids.

The kids bedroom I review at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new two bedroom villa.

Kids bedroom

Across the hall is a separate powder room/half bath – I really like that the toilet is not in the bathroom that has a large standing shower and vanity.  In the bathroom, there is a small cake of soap, little bottles of shampoo and conditioner and a hair dryer in the cupboard.

The bathroom in the two beddroom villa I review at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new two bedroom villa.

The bathroom

Walking back out into the kitchen I am excited to see a dishwasher, this means I won’t have to wash the dishes – now that’s a self-contained holiday!  There is also a full-size fridge, four burner cook top, pots and pans, utensils, plates, glasses, cutlery and few sachets of tea, coffee, salt and pepper to get you started.

Meanwhile, Steve is now sitting back relaxing on the couch watching telly.  He comments that the grey woven couch is very comfortable and can’t believe how spacious the Cervantes villa accommodation feels.  Not to mention the extras of ceiling fans and air conditioners.

With everything unpacked, we set out to explore the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.

Facilities at the caravan park in Cervantes

Lewis grabs his scooter and joins the throng of kids scootering on cement paths around the pool.  We walk pass one of the caravan park’s BBQs near the toddler nature scape playground.  The littlies are having a ball digging in the sand.

The toddler playground I review at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new two bedroom villa that has a great playgrounds.

Toddler playground and BBQ

We peer into the new camp kitchen.  It is large, with lots of white tables and chairs, a TV mounted on one wall, two large fridges to store food if camping, gas burners, ovens, microwaves, kettle, toaster and sinks to clean up.  It is great to see that RAC Cervantes Holiday Park provides rolls of cleaning wipes at the end of the benches and BBQs – there is no excuse for not leaving your area clean and tidy after cooking.

The new camp kitchen at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new villas with new park facilities.

Camp kitchen

The next building is the new games room.  Most of the kids are congregating around an old style space invaders machine.  There is also a pool table and table tennis table.  If you want to play you just need to visit the caravan park reception and give a $5 deposit to borrow the equipment (the deposit is refunded when you return the equipment).

The new games room at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new villas with new park facilities.

Games room

Just passed the reception building outside the caravan park, there is a council park.  It feels as if most of the Cervantes caravan park residents are congregated here as the sun sets over the ocean.  There are a couple of gazebos to sit back and watch the kids as they have fun.  They scooter along the paths that surround the large grass playing fields where some are kicking a football, others are at the sand volleyball courts and the rest of the kids are climbing the spider web rope playground.

The playground outside the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new villas with new park facilities.

Council park and playground

Lewis easily makes friends here.  Which is great because the next day (even though it’s winter) he wants to go swimming in the sparkling pool.  And he’s not the only kid.  So whilst he has a friend to play in the pool, I am able to sit out at the six seater rattan setting on the villa deck, watch him swim, glance over at the ocean while Steve cooks on our personal villa BBQ.

The swimming pool I review at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new villas with new park facilities.

Pool

It is such a relaxing family vibe at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.  You couldn’t ask more for a weekend getaway to Cervantes and the Pinnacles.

Top Trip Tips: Cervantes and the Pinnacles

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    • The Cervantes caravan park is located just 10 minutes north of the Pinnacles Desert.
    • Approximately two and half hours from Perth.

  

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10 Responses to “My Review: RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

  • Looks like RAC Cervantes has it all! We will definitely keep this spot in mind for future trips. Thanks for linking into #wkendtravelinspiration!

    • Well worth including in your travel itinerary if you are travelling up the West Coast of Australia Jim.

  • The downside of many vacation home rentals is that you give up the perks if a resort — pool, playground, other kids, etc. So this is a nice way to have those, plus the benefits of a vacation home. And the home is really lovely!

  • This place has everything needed for a great stay. I like to stay in places like this. I am looking forward to visit a couple of these this summer. #wkendtravelinspiration

  • Looks like a great stay! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • The personal bbq and that pool look great. Glad you guys had a nice time. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Thanks Anisa, it was the little touches of the extra facilities that really set this holiday park apart from others.

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