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News for July 3, 2022

Camping, Caravanning Popularity Rises in Western Australia

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The growth in caravanning and camping throughout Western Australia (WA) has heightened the need for booking in advance. Since the demand is high, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions (DBCA) recommends campers plan in advance and book camping and caravan sites online to secure a spot, according to a report.

In 2021, approximately 120,000 campsite reservations were processed, resulting in about 97,000 camper nights. Online campsite reservations for DBCA campsites have increased by 35% and the number of camper nights by 46 percent.

Overall, DBCA statistics show an estimated 8.5 percent increase in visits between 2019-20 and 2020-21, and 21.25 million visitors to park sites in 2020-21.

The WA Parks Foundation will run two prize draws throughout March to celebrate the increased number of visitors to their parks.

Purchase a WA Parks Foundation membership and enter a prize draw to win a framed landscape image that shows Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand by Richard Smyth – Wild Earth Images with a value of AU$350, or a gourmet picnic basket worth AU$200.

Participants can also sign up for the foundation’s free monthly newsletter to win a membership that includes more than AU$1000 worth of discounts.

The newsletter contains recent news on marine, wildlife, parks, life, campaigns, and other events. The contest is open to new members and subscriptions starting March 1-31, 2022.

Membership fees are AU$30 for students, AU$50 for adults, AU$90 for families, and subscribers will get a 50% discount on the annual All Parks Pass, providing entry to all WA national parks and discounts on tours and adventure treks in WA.

For competition details, visit Caravan and Camping Prize Draw at ourwaparks.org.au.

This article originally appeared on WA Parks News.

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