THE tourism sector is buoyant, with three new businesses recently starting up in the Peel Region.
The Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre along with Pinjarra farm-stay business, Ibis Park Farm, and the tours and charters business, Brad’s Cruzin’, are all entering the industry at an exciting time, according to Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation chief executive Karen Priest.
“For the year ending December 2015, the region achieved an increase of 3.78 per cent in domestic overnight tourists, visitor nights increased 33.49 per cent and day trippers increased 2.9 per cent,” she said.
“Most significantly for visitor expenditure in the region, the average length of stay has increased from 2.6 nights to 3.45 nights.”
These figures are evidenced in the rapid growth experienced by newly operating treetop-climbing business Trees Adventure.
Trees Adventure marketing manager Rebecca Williams said: “Already we are experiencing booked out days which is unreal for a six-month old park,” she said.
Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre located at 3/12 Thornborough Road, Mandurah offers rock climbing as well as circus activities, a kids climbing club, outdoor education, physical education courses and corporate and team-building events.
The 132-acre property that is Ibis Park Farm boasts a recently renovated 100-year-old jarrah cottage that is surrounded by a combination of domestic and native flora and fauna.
The farm is only 20 minutes from Pinjarra, 30 minutes from Mandurah and a stone’s throw from popular crabbing spot Heron Point, Pinjarra Race Club and Pinjarra Trotting Club.
Brad’s Cruzin’s 20-seat coaster bus is available for any occasion operating through Coolup, Waroona, Pinjarra, Dwellingup, Harvey and Mandurah.
The business offers tours and charters, shuttle services, corporate and sporting events, social events and celebrations.