If you have ever visited one of Western Australia’s national parks chances are, you’ve met some special volunteers known as campground hosts.

Campground hosts are the smiling faces who welcome you to the park and guide you to your campsite. They are friendly, full of interesting information and are known for helping to create unforgettable memories.

There are currently 240 campground host volunteers that support national park rangers around WA. They receive training to help with a variety of roles such as welcoming travellers, collecting camping fees (at sites that don’t yet have online booking), outlining camp rules and maintaining the facilities.

When they are not on duty, hosts have lots of free time to explore or relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the WA bush, learning about the area which is knowledge they can then pass on to visitors. They are mostly self-sufficient and bring their own caravan, camper trailer or tent which they set up onsite at the park for up to three months.

There are hosting opportunities all over WA so if you think you would like to get involved, visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website and next time you meet a campground host, be sure to say hi and thanks for the incredible work they do.

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