Popularity surge for camping and caravanning
Growth in camping and caravanning in WA has heightened the need for advance bookings. As the demand is high, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions advises to plan well ahead and reserve camping and caravan sites online to guarantee a spot.
In 2021, about 120,000 campsite bookings were processed resulting in around 971,000 camper nights. Online campsite bookings for DBCA campgrounds increased by 35% and camper nights by 46%.
Overall, DBCA statistics show an estimated 8.5% increase in visitations from 2019-20 to 2020-21 and 21.25 million visits to parks in 2020-21.
Celebrating the surge in visits to our national parks, the WA Parks Foundation is running two prize draws throughout March. Buy a WA Parks Foundation membership and go into a prize draw to win a framed landscape photograph of Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand by Richard Smyth – Wild Earth Images (valued at $350) or a deluxe picnic hamper (valued at $200).
You can also subscribe to the Foundation’s free monthly newsletter for a chance to win a free membership with over $1000 worth of discounts. The newsletter is full of up-to-date news about parks, wildlife, marine life, events and campaigns. The competition covers new memberships and subscriptions from 1 March until 31 March 2022.
Memberships are $30 (students), $50 (adults), $90 (family) and you will receive a 50% discount off the annual All Parks Pass providing entry to all WA national parks plus a range of discounts to adventure treks and tours in WA. For competition details, visit: Caravan and Camping Prize Draw – WA Parks Foundation (ourwaparks.org.au)
First Prize: Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park (103cm x 47cm including the frame) – Richard Smyth – Wild Earth Images