Popularity of WA national parks continues to soar

Published: September 1, 2022

The number of people visiting WA national parks is continuing to soar.

The most recent full-year numbers show regional destinations in particular are proving incredibly popular. The Kimberley and Wheatbelt regions, for example, have seen whopping 22% increases
in visitation when compared to the previous year.

Visitors have also flocked to Western Australia’s latest ‘trail towns’, Dwellingup and Collie, following the construction of new mountain bike adventure trails at Westralia Conservation Park, Lane Poole Reserve and Arklow.

The statistics show there were 22.6 million visits to WA’s national parks in 2021-22, up 5% statewide on the previous year.

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Camping in national parks continues to be popular, with many campsites booking out well in advance.

There are now almost 2,000 campsites bookable online via the Park Stay WA website across 67 campgrounds, following the addition of more than 150 campsites to the Park Stay WA online booking system since 2020.

WA Environment Minister Reece Whitby sad online booking gave visitors the certainty to plan their trips knowing they have a campsite booking secured in advance.

“Western Australia has incredible natural attractions and our investment in national parks is seeing more people experience culture, enjoy recreation and contribute to wildlife conservation,” he said. “Attractions like the Skywalk and Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park where new visitor attractions opened in 2020 continue to be extremely popular.”

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All the State Government needs to do now is to allow dogs on leads to be able to visit and stay in camping areas within these parks. This would also increase visitor numbers by 5-10%.

Agree. We gave found Western Australia the most difficult to visit with our two whippets. Fully understand all the reasons but would not visit again.

No …

That’s the last thing national parks need. Dog poo and a greater impossibility of trying to book on line.

Subject to heavy fines for not picking up Fido’s faeces one would hope.

Please, no. Dogs would likely be the thin end of the wedge.
One of the great beauties of national parks is the chance to encounter native birds and animals without the domestic ones scaring them away with their presence, sounds, smell and waste.

As a breeder we have three Labradors which are our family pets and would love for them to travel with us but wait a minute we are not that stupid three dogs in a caravan no way known, dogs in a national park well even though our dogs (family) are well behaved and quite remember why we are at the park in the first place – nature, piece, tranquility and although most people are respectful but not all what about the dog bags left on the ground not talking about the faeces left not cleaned up not talking about extra disruption to the native animals

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