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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at www.brisbaneschild.com.au and www.kidsonthecoast.com.au.
Published January 9th 2013
As most Perth residents know, accommodation on Rottnest Island is in hot demand during the summer holidays, and many people miss out on the accommodation that they'd like.

When we decided to visit Rottnest during our recent December holiday from Queensland, our only choices were the Rottnest Island Campground or Kingstown Barracks Hostel.

We ended up choosing the hostel (see my separate review of Kingstown Barracks for more details), partly because I could find almost no information or pictures relating to the campground when I was doing my research. The Rottnest Information Centre told me that the campground had been recently remodelled but couldn't tell me a lot more than that.

So, during our stay on Rottnest, I took the chance to check out the campground and take some photos, with the goal of providing some more up-to-date info for other prospective campers.

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Quokka feeding
The first thing to say about the campground is that it's in a handy location, close to The Settlement, where most of Rottnest's shops and eateries can be found. It's tucked in behind some cabins and basic chalets, no more than a 5-minute walk or cycle to the island's main hub.

It's also very close to The Basin, Rottnest's most popular family beach. A short walk or cycle will take you up a slight rise and - voila -- you're looking at the beauty of The Basin. Other stunning beaches and the Bathurst Lighthouse are also nearby.

If you have kids who are into running around or ball-games, the camping ground is also right next to the Rottnest footy oval, separated only by a bicycle path. The bike path encircles the oval, so you could watch your kids cycle laps safely if you wanted to.

The campground itself is sandy and fairly level, with plenty of trees and generally good shade from what I could see. It has an ablutions block and picnic tables but no other facilities -- sites are unpowered and fires and generators are not permitted (BYO gas stoves). What it does have is plenty of wildlife, including Rottnest's iconic marsupial, the quokka.

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Cabins nearby
The few times that I came past, the campground looked quiet and calm, with just a few families camped there. However, I did hear that it could get a bit rowdy during end-of-school-term and New Year's celebrations, so you might like to factor that into any camping plans you make.

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Footy ground
Not having camped on Rotto myself, I can't say a lot more than that -- but I hope this article at least gives others a bit more idea what the campground is like. If you've camped there recently, why not add your own comments below?
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Why? For economy accommodation in a stunning place
When: All year round, but be careful during peak party season
Phone: Rottnest Island Authority Central Reservations
Where: Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island
Cost: $12 per adult per night
Your Comment
I've camped there twice and it's great for a cheap option but its a shame it can't be made a bit nicer. Maybe better barbecues, some power and a cleaner, bigger shower block...
by helen (score: 0|6) 562 days ago
I thought that they had banned camping now on Rotto??
by stara (score: 1|13) 560 days ago
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