RAC Karri Valley Resort was a regular family holiday destination when I was a toddler. Although it has changed over the years, it is still one of my all-time favourite places to visit and I love that I can now take my kids there and have the same amazing experiences.
Our 2 Bedroom chalet amongst the forest
Located 23km from the town of Pemberton on the Vasse Highway, RAC Karri Valley Resort is a fantastic escape for the whole family. There is so much to see and do at the resort itself, or it is a nice hub to base yourself to explore all that Pemberton and Manjimup have to offer.
The resort which is located on the picturesque Lake Beedelup offers a range of accommodation from lakeside motel rooms to 3 bedroom chalets with kitchen. On our most recent visit we stayed in a 2 bedroom self-catering chalet, with a queen bed in one room and 2 singles in the other. The 2 and 3 bedroom chalets are scattered throughout the karri forested hillside, some even have a view out over the lake.
Wood fire and living area
enjoyed eating our afternoon tea out on the balcony and were joined by lots of
the local birds. We even had some come and sit on our outstretched hands. The
kiosk sells bird food for $2 a bag if you are interested in feeding them.
All the chalets come with a slow combustion wood heater (wood is provided), which makes it so cosy and warm in the Winter – and is my personal favourite time of the year to visit.
The activities available at the resort are the cherry on top of an amazing place to stay. The activities are available to everyone and can either be paid for separately or a daily pass can be purchased. Guests of the resort receive a substantial discount on the cost of the activities (needs to be purchased on top of the accommodation costs). Check the website for current pricing and schedules here. Given the amount of activities at the resort, the family pass is really great value and worth purchasing.
The Games Room with table tennis
Our first stop during our stay was the Arts and Crafts session in the Games Room. This activity is included in the day pass, but bookings are required. The kids got to paint a jigsaw puzzle as Our first stop during our stay was the Arts and Crafts session in the Games Room. This activity is included in the day pass, but bookings are required. The kids got to paint a jigsaw puzzle as selection of DVDs and a table tennis table available to play with.
Next stop was down at the lake for a bit of canoeing. There are two-person canoes and four-person dinghys available to hire (or included in the day pass) from the kiosk. Life jackets are also provided. The kids took turns with Daddy out on a canoe, and they had a blast learning how to paddle and being Captain of the boat. The lake is fairly large and you can paddle almost to the base of Beedelup Falls if you’re game.
Part of the Lake, right next to the kiosk, is sectioned off to allow swimming. There is even a pontoon for diving, and is great way to cool off if you are visiting in Summer.
After the canoeing we swapped our paddles for putters, and enjoyed a round of 18 hole mini golf.
Other activities available are a playground, Archery (have to be 4 years old and over to participate), daily feeding of the animals, guided bushwalk, bike hire, trout fishing, and tennis.
is also a walk trail that starts at the Resort and does a circuit around the
Lake, and includes Beedelup Falls and a detour out to the Walk Through Tree.
RAC Karri Valley Resort has an on-site restaurant that is open for breakfast and dinner. The restaurant is located right on the lake and has some breath-taking views. We didn’t dine at the restaurant in our most recent visit, so can’t comment on food or if it’s kid friendly.
Even though our stay was only for one night, we managed to fit a lot in. I highly recommend a stay at RAC Karri Valley Resort, and maybe it will become a family tradition like it has for us.
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More information: www.parksandresorts.rac.com.au/karri-valley
Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 16th February 2017
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