The most popular national park, Yanchep, in the greater Perth region is set to welcome campers from this July as part of a trial to expand camping options in the metropolitan area.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said more than 320,000 people visited Yanchep National Park each year to enjoy its natural environment and recreational opportunities, and from July, camping would be a part of its many attractions.
“This trial will help to determine the demand and the type of camping facilities that campers expect in an area like Yanchep,” Mr Jacob said.
“There is already one small walk-in campsite in the north-western section of the park and now that option will be expanded to accommodate caravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents on Henry White Oval for up to seven days.
“I hope many people who want to experience camping will try it at Yanchep, and be encouraged through camping to explore more of Western Australia’s wonderful environment.”
The Minister said the trial was part of the Parks for People initiative aimed at increasing the number of affordable camping options within the State’s spectacular natural areas.
“As part of Outdoors October, a Great Aussie Camp Out was held at the park in 2014 and 2015 and both events proved to be extremely successful. I expect that the camping trial will be equally popular,” he said.
“There is plenty to do at Yanchep with its historic buildings, limestone caves, coastal woodland and a 240 metre boardwalk in a koala enclosure, as well as activities to suit campers of all ages such as wildlife viewing, bushwalking, cycling, cave tours, Aboriginal tours or just relaxing in the picturesque surrounds.”
Camping fees at Yanchep National Park during the trial will be $10 a night for adults, $6.60 for concession holders and $2.20 for children aged 6-15 years. Children under six will be free. All fees collected will be invested back into Yanchep National Park.
The Liberal National Government has created 337 new campsites in the State’s national parks and reserves since 2013 as part of the Caravan and Camping initiative
The Yanchep National Park campground will be managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with assistance from the department’s camp host volunteers