The Parks for People Caravan and Camping initiative is a $21.05 million investment over four years funded through Royalties for Regions to improve and expand camping and associated visitor experiences in national parks and conservation reserves throughout Western Australia. It provides for visitor facilities and services including the establishment of affordable camping and caravan accommodation, walk, bike and drive trails, and the creation of interpretation information including mobile and desktop applications for protected areas across the State.
Implemented by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the initiative is part of the Government’s Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013–18, which represents a total investment of $40.72 million over four years to implement key tourism recommendations of the Caravan and Camping Inquiry. The $21.05 million initiative consists of $14.75 million from the Caravan and Camping Action Plan coordinated by Tourism WA and $6.3 million for improvements to visitor facilities.
The initiative will deliver:
- eight new campgrounds in eight parks, state forest recreation areas or former pastoral lease areas;
- expansion/upgrade of at least nine campgrounds in eight parks, state forest recreation areas or former pastoral lease areas;
- at least 450 new camp sites and caravan sites;
- co-investment in at least three commercial tourism accommodation lease areas;
- new and improved visitor facilities in at least nine parks, state forest recreation areas or former pastoral lease areas;
- investigation and establishment of mobile and web-based applications, including the provision of wifi at selected parks, for use by visitors; and
- promotion of the new and expanded/upgraded parks, state forest recreation areas or former pastoral lease areas.