Outside Perth, consider a farmstay (westernaustralia.com) – hands-on and usually very inexpensive (from as little as £10 per night). Gum-boots (wellies) on and into the milking shed, or shearing barn, collecting eggs and feeding animals, the kids will love it – and be out of your hair!
It’s a 250km 4X4 drive from Perth to the isolated glory that is Cape Levique’s Kooljaman Resort (kooljaman.com.au), described as a cross between a luxury resort and a wilderness camp and owned and run by Aboriginals. Every member of the community is a shareholder and all profits go back to the community and the various conservation projects they run. Beautifully constructed huts with large wooden balconies, kitchens and one double and two single beds, perched on the low hills overlooking the beach and known as Safari Tents, are the top-end of the accommodation on offer, but there are also log cabins, beach shelters and various other options. The powdery white sand beach is empty of footprints – take a morning walk and then perhaps get a spearfishing lesson. Catch some mud crab to cook on the beach that evening and gaze up to a sky dripping with stars as the crocodile- and jellyfish-free waters lap gently at your bare feet.
On the Coral Coast, heading away from or back to civilization, camp in the Pinnacles Caravan Park (pinnaclespark.com.au/) near the Pinnacles themselves, where you can get a powered site for around £12 a night and basic provisions, including an all-important shell shop. It’s also close to a beach.
Alternatively, motorhoming gives you the chance to explore without having to worry about finding accommodation or keeping to a rigid holiday itinerary.