The popular coastal recreation spot is set to benefit from the trial of an online booking system to improve user experience and management of the area.
The online booking system will go live from today Monday 5 September and will be active for the remainder of the peak camping season which ends 30 September.
The trial will see user feedback and experience collated and used to make improvements during the off season ahead of rolling out the online bookings at both Gnoorea Point (40 Mile) and Cleaverville camping areas for the commencement of the 2023 camping season.
This exciting new system will provide support to visitors to the camping grounds allowing them to preselect a favourite site or make a selection based on their specific requirements, as well as ensuring the environmental and cultural values of the area are protected and appropriately managed.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it’s an exciting development for the City’s nature-based camp areas.
“This new system will help locals and visitors travelling to the area book ahead of time and is an important tool for us to manage visitor numbers and protect the natural environment,” Cr Long said.
“We’re trialling the new system during September before it comes in for the 2023 season and we want your feedback on what works and what needs improvement.”
The City has been working with traditional owner group Wirawandi Aboriginal Corporation (WAC) to improve the campground.
WAC General Manager Brian Wall said this is a positive step in the management of the nature-based camp site.
“This online booking system is a great step to managing visitor numbers and protecting the local environment and is part of our long-term vision for the area,” Mr Wall said.
“We’re really pleased to have worked with the City to ensure that Traditional Owners will continue to have free access to their land and Country”
Visitors wanting to stay at Cleaverville camp area will still be able to book online through the existing system however site specific selections will not be available until the 2023 camping season.
Feedback is welcomed and can be sent directly to the Karratha Tourism and Information Centre by email email@example.com or phone 9186 8055