Simply irresistible. Why Albany, WA is perfect for family holidays

Family time: Welcome to BIG4 Emu Beach, Albany.

Looking for the ideal destination for a family break? Guest blogger Bohannah Gerritsen from The Simple Folk found the perfect spot to explore and relax.

Wake up and smell the coffee.

If you follow us on Instagram, you’d know that we love a good road trip and spent time last year travelling around Australia in our retro caravan.

We visited some beautiful towns and coastlines but our love for South West WA is particularly strong. So, when the opportunity came up to visit again, we jumped at it.

Our destination was Albany. We’d only briefly visited twice before and were looking forward to exploring the city and wider region much more.

And with that, my husband, Tye, and our three very excited little children ventured southwards. 

Albany's historical vibe is instantly gripping. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Driving into Albany feels like you are stepping back in time. As one of the oldest colonial settlements in WA, the city is lined with historical buildings and architecture.

We quickly made our way to BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park and were welcomed by friendly faces.

After visiting many caravan and holiday parks on our travels last year, our first impression of BIG4 Emu Beach was how beautiful and spacious it was. The grounds were lush, filled with bushy trees and plants, and the whole park had a serene feeling to it.

Serene: BIG4 Emu Beach.

We opened the doors to our ‘home’ and were pleasantly surprised by how much room we had, staying in a gorgeous two-bedroom family cabin. The house exceeded our expectations and had absolutely everything we needed for the week.

The kitchen especially was so useful, as we did lots of cooking, and it had every appliance and utensil at our disposal. The laundry was also well-equipped with washer and dryer, which was incredibly useful for our five-night stay.

Exceeding expectations: The gorgeous two-bedroom family cabin.

From our cabin we could hear the waves crashing on the beach, which we could access directly from the campground via a pathed walkway. We loved being so close to the ocean and wandered down on numerous occasions with buckets and spades in hand.

It’s especially great for little ones who get tired feet, as it was only a few minutes’ walk there and back.

In the mornings, Tye would run from Emu Point all the way to Middleton Beach and back, stopping for a swim before coming in for a hot shower. Being right on the waterfront was definitely one of the highlights of our stay here.

It's just a short walk from cabin to beach.

Our children Indiana and Archer were keen to head to the jumping pillow and playground every morning, and it was a great place for them to make friends with fellow holiday-makers.

BIG4 parks always provide such wonderful play equipment for the little ones – and bigger ones – and there was even a recreation room with a TV and pool and table tennis table for everyone to use at their leisure. 

The little ones were jumping for joy.

Another highlight was the on-site mini-golf course, which we were keen to use right away. Growing up, mini-golf was something we always did on our family holidays, so it was fun to continue the tradition with the kids.

The course is made up of nine holes, and we all managed to get through it happily enough but not without some friendly competition!

Post-mini-golf discussion.

Despite a few days of rain, we managed to get out and about to explore the region. Some points of interest that we enjoyed visiting were Two Peoples Natures Reserve and the beautiful beaches we found there. Little Beach and surrounds are simply sublime with turquoise waters, interesting boulders and rock pools, and pathways to secluded bays.

It cost $13 for a day visit into the reserve, but it might be worth getting a pass if you intend to spend a few weeks in Albany. We drove out to Nanarup for some beach 4WDing and watched the sun go down over the hill.

Little Beach, big appeal.

We also made a day trip to Denmark, which is 40 minutes away, to explore more beaches, experience the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, and Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud. We also paid a sneaky visit to Boston Brewing Co.

Spectacular: The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.

It’s not a trip to a new destination without visiting some restaurants, so we tried a few. Due South is a beautiful pub on the Albany waterfront. They bake their bread fresh in the kitchen, and it is amazing!

Three Anchors at Middleton Beach is a great spot for the kids with a large wooden playground out the front and some yummy eats. Little Italy for delicious pizza and Indian Tandoori were great takeaway options after some big days.

We absolutely loved our stay at BIG4 Emu Beach and are already looking forward to coming back again soon.

We can't wait to come back, and that includes the kids.

Have you visited Albany? If so, what were your highlights? We’d love to read about your experience, so please leave a comment below.

Isn’t it time you enjoyed a WA getaway? Book your next BIG4 break now.

The Simple Folk stayed at BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park as guests of BIG4.

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