Park Stay Western Australia (WA) has upgraded its websites to make it easier for users to navigate and more accessible on mobile devices.
The upgraded Park Stay WA online campsite booking system allows for better management of the state’s campsites. It gives more flexibility to cancel or change bookings, according to a report.
“The improvements to the Explore Parks and Park Stay WA websites will help more Western Australians and visitors to our State experience the incredible nature and culture of our national parks,” said Environment Minister Reece Whitby.
Park Stay WA has 65 campgrounds and 1.953 campsites available for booking. In 2021, the website processed around 120,000 campsite bookings, resulting t0 approximately 971,000 camper nights booked.
Western Australia’s parks receive about 20 million visits per year. New and improved versions of the website will be used for online bookings in sites managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service in the state’s national parks and the visitor-focused Explore Parks website, which commonly attracts over 300,000 visits per month.
“The new Explore Parks website is intuitive and user-friendly, making it easier than ever to discover the unique and diverse range of attractions, activities, and experiences on offer in our parks,” Whitby said.
The improvements mean easy navigation, more convenience for mobile users, information regarding accessible parks, and links directly to the Trails WA website.
The recent upgrades to Park Stay WA give campers more autonomy when booking by allowing people to create an account, make a booking, and then make changes or cancel the booking if needed.
Hopefully, the changes to the system will reduce the number of bookings that are made but go unused when campers do not take possession of the site on the booked date, arrive at the site late, or leave early.
“Camping is a popular leisure activity, and many of WA’s campgrounds are extremely popular and book out well in advance, particularly during peak periods, meaning no-shows cause frustration for campground hosts and other campers,” said Whitby.
Under the previous system, some campsites went unused if the person who booked the site did not arrive on the date it was booked. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested AU$4.7 million to maintain and upgrade existing campgrounds and facilities and create 79 new campsites across WA.
“We know circumstances can change, and the upgrades that have been made to the Park Stay WA booking system will make it easier for campers to change or cancel their bookings when required, meaning sites can be easily re-booked, and more people can experience the enjoyment of camping in national parks,” Whitby said.
To plan your visit and book a campsite in one of WA’s national parks, check out the new Explore Parks website at https://exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/.
This article originally appeared on Mirage News.