Options on table to expand facilities at Yanchep National Park


Attractions include the historic Yanchep Inn.
Attractions include the historic Yanchep Inn.

EXPANDING camping facilities, free annual passes, community events and mountain bike trails are some of the measures used to entice more visitors to Yanchep National Park.

The State Government announced a two-year tourism action plan this month, which aims to increase the number of visitors to WA by changing perceptions of Perth and reigniting the east coast market.

“Tourism is a major economic focus for the State Government, and it forms a vital part of our plan to grow jobs and opportunities for West Australians,” Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said.

“The two-year action plan will attract more visitors to WA, encourage them to stay longer, disperse further and do more while they’re here.”

Yanchep National Park.

A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) spokeswoman said about 320,000 people had visited Yanchep National Park each year for the past three years.

“DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service continues to deliver a range of tours at Yanchep National Park with a focus on caves and aboriginal cultural experiences,” she said.

“In recent years it has expanded the experiences offered at Yanchep to include camping – this has proven very popular particularly with first time campers.

“Plans are currently underway for the expansion of the campground with works scheduled to commence later in 2018.

“This will include establishing a permanent campground at the park, including the construction of an ablutions block, road access, parking areas, paths, signage, barbecue shelter and camp site infrastructure.”

The koala sanctuary is also popular with visitors.

The spokeswoman said the department had established partnerships to attract people to the park for events, including with the City of Wanneroo for Retro Rewind earlier this month and with Nature Play WA for Cubby Town, which returns on April 28.

“During 2017, the department partnered with the City of Wanneroo to make an amount of free local park passes available to City of Wanneroo residents,” she said.

“During 2016 and 2017, the Yaberoo-Budjara Heritage Trail linking Yanchep National Park to Yellagonga Regional Park was upgraded to provide mountain bike access to Yanchep.

“The Yanchep Inn and Chocolate Drops Tearooms also provide additional attractions.

“There are currently 114 commercial operators licensed to conduct tours in Yanchep National Park and in recent years two new commercial tours have become available with the commencement of helicopter tours and Air-Wheel tours.”

Events like Retro Rewind attract visitors to Yanchep National Park. Picture: Danny O’Loghlen/DTM Productions

The spokeswoman said the department had also discussed public transport options with Transperth, however the transport authority has said there are not enough resources or demand for a bus service to the national park.

The department sets entry fees for the national park, which go towards managing parks and maintaining visitor infrastructure.

The current fees are $13 per vehicle, $7 per vehicle for concession card holders, $7 per motorcycle.

Annual local park passes cost $23 per vehicle.

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