Emergency Services, including Parks and Wildlife Service crews, were able to protect most of Conto Campground from a bushfire that has burned 7,800 hectares, caused severe damage to Caves Road and the closure of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park between Redgate Road and Reserve Road.
Conto is Parks and Wildlife Service's largest campground in the south of the State, and when the fire was first reported the plans of more than 2,500 campers who were booked for stays during the summer school holiday were in jeopardy. As were those of another 650 people who were booked into the nearby Jarrahdene Campground.
Jarrahdene is close by, but outside of, the incident area and with the reopening of part of Caves Road, was reopened to campers on Saturday 18 December.
The Isaacs area of Conto was damaged in the fire and will remain closed until further notice, but on-ground efforts by local Parks and Wildlife Service staff mean that the other areas of the campground, and Conto Road as far as Conto Spring for access to Conto Beach, will reopen at 12 noon on Wednesday 22 December.
All those with bookings for the school holiday period and made before the bushfire have been contacted by email. If you have a booking and are yet to decide whether to cancel, or if you are considering making a new booking, the aerial photograph above and below, shows the burned area surrounding Conto Campground. Also included is a plan of the campground. Tap/click on the images below to enlarge. Jarrahdene Campground was not directly impacted by the fire. Please also consider that at the time of writing:
- There is a bushfire advice current for the area including Conto and 750m West of Jarrahdene: ‘although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes’.
- Caves Road remains closed from Redgate Road to Forest Grove Road. Access to the campgrounds from the north and east is via Forest Grove Road.
- Other recreation areas and roads in the national park between Redgate Road to the north and Reserve Road to the south, including Point Road and Boranup camprounds, remain closed.
To cancel your booking made before the bushfire was reported, please refer to the instructions sent by email to the address used to make your booking.
To check availability and make a new booking, go to Park Stay WA at https://parkstaybookings.dbca.wa.gov.au/map/.