Dog campsite review: Sandy Cape Recreational Park

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Type: Paid campsite with free-form campsites

Region: Coral Coast WA

Location: Sandy Cape WA; Google maps location

Accessibility: Dirt roads easily accessible by 2WD

Cost: $20 per night

Facilities: Non-flush toilets are well-maintained.

Review:

We seem to have a love/hate relationship with any campsite that gets labelled as ‘best campsite ever‘. When we visited Sandy Cape it was hot, full of flies, busy and obviously we didn’t experience it at its best. The biggest issue is that the sites are on a first come, first served basis. This was our second attempt at camping at Sandy Cape, after our last attempt saw the campsite full and us heading further north to Cliff Head North. We arrived on the Friday evening hoping to be able to snag a spot before everyone else arrived. Sadly, this was a serious challenge. We were lucky enough to jam ourselves between two other sites. The site next to us weren’t feeling the love either, which freed up space for our friends who arrived on the Saturday morning. The site was very popular with families. The facilities, especially the newer drop toilets, are well maintained and there are on-site caretakers. We didn’t have any significant issues with excessive noise overnight.

With Zena, we found this site difficult to coordinate as there were a number of other dogs there as well as small children. Each time that a dog barked, she wanted to sing the song of the chiweenie people. This was one of her first times meeting Tango, a border collie, so she wasn’t too excited about him either. Not unsurprisingly, she didn’t like the heat or the flies either.

I would be keen to try out some of the camping on the nearby 4wd tracks as this part of WA is seriously underrated and is in such close proximity to Perth.

Top tips:

  • Come midweek and off-peak – the site fills up extremely quickly
  • Come prepared for flies
  • Bring your own shelter – there’s limited shade
  • Be prepared to get to know everyone else in the campground well

 

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