Overflow camping area in Esperance a huge success

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The overflow camping area at Esperance was hugely popular. PIC: Shire of Esperance / Facebook

With summer now officially over, many communities across the country are assessing the success – or otherwise – of their strategies for coping with the seasonal influx of visitors.

While sporadic Covid outbreaks and ever-changing border regulations have made tourism planning significantly more challenging than usual, domestic tourism numbers have remained relatively robust.

The WA town of Esperance recently closed its overflow campground, which accommodated more than 7000 guests during the bumper tourism season.

The West Australian reports that the extra camping space at the Greater Sports Ground was provided by the Shire of Esperance once all other caravan parks began to fill and it operated for a total of 45 days.

Shire chief executive Shane Burge said the campground had been hugely successful in that it offered an alternative option for travellers even when commercial accommodation was booked out.

“With over 7000 people accommodated in the overflow camp ground who would have otherwise been unable to stay in Esperance, the facility created a great opportunity for local businesses to capitalise on the increased potential customers and showcase the beautiful Esperance region,” he told the West Australian. “Many departments within the Shire worked very hard together to provide a service that enhanced our visitors’ overall experience in Esperance.”

Mr Burge said the campground had received positive feedback from visitors and locals alike,  with community groups holding food stalls and food vendors operating at the grounds.

The campground is now closed but the overflow initiative will continue in the future on an as-needed basis.

“Esperance is a regional community that economically benefits from visitors,” Mr Burge said. “The Shire of Esperance will continue to support local businesses by continuing to work with accommodation services in Esperance and only when required will the camping overflow be utilised.”

Mr Burge told the Kalgoorlie Miner the sports grounds were not damaged during the operation, and that no local sports had been affected.

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4 Responses to Overflow camping area in Esperance a huge success

  1. We stayed in the overflow in January on our way to QLD weren’t meant to stop over in Esperance(everything booked out)but had caravan trouble we needed to fix before moving on without the overflow we would of been stuck with nowhere to park up was great & we ended up doing grocery/fuel & caravan repairs in Esperance money all spent in the community

  2. More towns need to read about this and see how businesses can have extra money by this sought of thing. Well done Esperance .

  3. Hope it opens for Easter, all van parks appear to be booked out

  4. Our only grief with the overflow camp ground is that we considered it overpriced at 30 a night
    No water hook up or power. Was very dusty too
    Showers were tiny and the only place to get dressed was a big shared area with no privacy

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