UPGRADES to the campground at Yanchep National Park will receive $261,500 in Federal Government funding to boost tourism in the region.
The funding is a partnership between the Federal and State governments as part of the national $43 million Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program.
WA received $5.063 million in funding over four years, managed by the State Government through Tourism WA.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will also contribute funding and manage the Yanchep project.
A trial campground was established there in 2016, providing 20 sites, and about 24.1 per cent of people using the facility were international tourists, with another 24.8 per cent interstate visitors.
About 65.8 per cent were first-time visitors to Yanchep.
The campground became permanent after the one-year trial and the Federal funding, in conjunction with State funding, will go towards construction of an ablutions block, road access, parking areas, paths, signage, a barbecue shelter and campsite infrastructure.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the program aimed to improve the quality of tourist attractions and increase tourism expenditure.
“Due to the limited caravan park and camping opportunities in the northern suburbs, Yanchep National Park’s campground has the potential to be the gateway for visitors leaving Perth and travelling to the north of WA,” he said.
“This funding will ensure that the facilities at the campground remain high-quality and low-cost which will attract campers and encourage them to stay longer.
“Existing businesses located in the park will benefit from the additional spend and other commercial opportunities such as cultural tours and evening tours may develop as a result.”
State Tourism Minister Paul Papalia welcomed the funding and said in 2016 about 1.6 million domestic and international visitors spent 7.7 million nights in caravan or camping accommodation in WA.