Campground hosts are people who volunteer their time in national parks around the state to carry out a variety of roles associated with park and visitor management. They have a sense of adventure and enjoy the outdoors but most valuable of all, they love meeting people sharing their experience and knowledge.
Under the guise of ‘work’, the volunteers have the pleasure of spending time in some of WA’s most beautiful spots; meeting many fascinating people and helping travellers form memories that will last a lifetime.
As volunteers, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) values Campground Hosts highly – they add a special extra touch which enriches visitors’ experience of camping in WA’s national parks. Hosts are trained in First Aid and Fire Awareness before they set off and their presence allows the Park Rangers the freedom to do their important work, safe in the knowledge that the campgrounds will be kept safe and clean.
But don’t just take my word for it – the hosts often receive praise from visitors and below are a few examples:
“We would just like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for their amazing efforts in hosting and keeping Kurrajong absolutely immaculate” – Jemma and Stuart, NSW
“We especially appreciated the friendly volunteer campground hosts and the wealth of helpful experience and information they shared with us. Keep up the good work. We hope to return one day” - Geoff and Rhonda.
“My wife and I have just returned home to the Gold Coast, Queensland. We had the pleasure of staying at Ned’s Camp for 5 days. Could you please pass on to the volunteer hosts our thanks for the welcome and hospitality shown whilst there. It was truly incredible. Thank you so much” - John and Julie, QLD
Look out for a host next time you’re in a national park and go over and say hi!
Photo: Volunteer hosts John and Christine