2 up for tourism awards

Chocolate Drops café owner Sue Dash and Yanchep National Park manager Alison Pritchard. The two businesses have been named finalists for the WA tourism awards. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409175
Chocolate Drops café owner Sue Dash and Yanchep National Park manager Alison Pritchard. The two businesses have been named finalists for the WA tourism awards. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409175

Chocolate Drops caf� owner Sue Dash said it was ‘brilliant’ to be named a finalist in the category which is being trialled for the first time this year.

Ms Dash said it rounded off a successful year, with the chocolate-making business recently winning a customer service award from the Small Business Centre and winning seconds and thirds in the Perth Royal Show.

The caf� is in Yanchep National Park, which is also a finalist in the tourism attractions category.

Park manager Alison Pritchard said: ‘The park has geological, hydrological and biological attributes, as well as heritage and cultural features not found in combination at any other site close to Perth.

‘This unique point of difference, coupled with the facilities and activities available within the park, is growing Yanchep National Park’s reputation as a one-stop-shop where visitors can experience cave and cultural tours, view koalas, kangaroos and other Australian wildlife in a scenic natural setting.’

Ms Pritchard said more than 280,000 people visited the park each year, with 36 per cent from the metropolitan area and an equal proportion from the rest of WA or interstate.

She said the remaining 28 per cent were overseas visitors.

Overall visitor satisfaction rating was about 88 per cent, making it one of the highest rated parks in the state.