My Review: RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

Our Experience at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

This post contains affiliate links*

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.

There are a few choices for accommodation when staying in Cervantes:

We choose the Cervantes Holiday Park, 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, the option is also available on several booking sites including Hotels Combined*.

My RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert

Please PIN/SAVE this for later.
Just hover over the image and use the red P button.

The 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 accommodation papers are ready with a key to our villa, map of the holiday 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-contained 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.

My RAC Cervantes Holiday Park 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 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).

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.

My 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.

My 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.

My 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 villa 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

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

My 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 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.

My 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 reception and give a $5 deposit to borrow the equipment (the deposit is refunded when you return the equipment).

My 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 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.

My 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 at our personal villa BBQ.

My 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

  • What to bring
    • A suitcase packed with your ultimate packing list.
    • A day trip bag.
    • Eski/Cooler with bread, milk, breakfast items (eg eggs, bacon, pancake mix, cereals, salad mix, BBQ meats) salad mix, fruit and vegetables.
    • Dry goods box with cling wrap, alfoil, olive oil, tea, coffee, sugar, tomato ketchup.
  • What to see
    • The Pinnacles Desert
    • Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay
    • Lake Thetis and Hansen’s Lookout
  • Get more information on exploring Western Australia
My RAC Cervantes Holiday Park review for a getaway to see Western Australia's Pinnacle Desert staying in the new villas with new park facilities.

Please share this on Facebook.

DISCLOSURE:

  • We paid our own accommodation and entry costs.
  • Affiliate links* with Book Depository and Hotels Combined.
    • This means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link, however it does not cost you any extra to purchase through these links.
    • For more information please visit my Disclaimer Page

Sally-Ann
Hi, I'm a Perth born and bred travel tips blogger/writer with 20+ years experience in airlines, hospitality and tourism. I love sharing my travel lessons learned to help you have a better holiday with my travel tips for trips. Please follow along to receive all my travel tips and destination inspirations.

Share your thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: