Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    WA’s national parks welcoming locals to camp once again

    30/04/2020 4:00 PM
    • From midday May 1, 2020 campgrounds within national parks, reserves and State forest will be open for camping
    • Intrastate travel restrictions still apply, four square metres of space per person must be adhered to in all communal areas such as camp kitchens, and social distancing is still required

    Western Australians will once again be able to camp in their local national parks, reserves and State forests from midday Friday, 1 May 2020, following the lifting of some restrictions.


    While the relaxed restrictions announced this week by the Premier allow the Western Australian community to stay connected through activities such as camping, the intrastate travel restrictions remain in place which means people will only be able to visit and camp within their regional boundaries.


    The change applies to most of the 268 campgrounds managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and includes camping in huts along the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail.


    People can book online via DBCA's online campground booking system from midday Friday, May 1,2020. Online bookings will be available for stays of up to two weeks at a time and can only be made up to two weeks ahead of an arrival date. Non-bookable campgrounds will continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.


    The community is urged to show caution when using shared facilities to adhere to the four square metres and are asked to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.


    For now, key attractions, tours and facilities, such as the Tree Top Walk and the Monkey Mia experience, remain closed. The closures will be re-assessed in the coming weeks.


    Mirima National Park and surrounds in Kununurra, Minyirr Park and surrounding conservation reserves in Broome and Geikie Gorge National Park remain open. All remaining remote national parks in the Kimberley, which were due to open in April at the end of the wet season, will remain closed until changes are made to the Kimberley intraregional travel arrangements.


    DBCA will work closely with WA Police to ensure a successful and safe reintroduction to camping in national parks.


    For further information and to make a booking, visit exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Allowing Western Australians to camp in their local national parks and reserves is a positive step forward and a reflection of the good behaviour shown by the community during the State of Emergency.


    "We could all do with a change of scene.


    "I would like to remind campers that they need to ensure they are self-sufficient and able to maintain good personal hygiene by carrying their own handwashing equipment and materials.


    "As people enjoy visiting and camping in their local national parks, I encourage them to be vigilant and to continue to practice social distancing."


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