VISITORS to Yanchep National Park face increased entry fees and camping fees but they will also benefit from some improved facilities and new passes, according to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Entry fees recently increased at Yanchep National Park and all other WA parks where entry fees apply.
Yanchep News Online asked the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) if it had taken into account whether the fee increases may negatively affect businesses in Yanchep National Park.
A DBCA spokeswoman said the introduction of new five-day and 14-day holiday passes would target tourists on short stay visits and should stimulate visits to the park.
She said DBCA and the City of Wanneroo also encouraged local residents who visited the park to take early advantage of the discounted $15 annual park pass.
The entry fee to the national park has increased from $13 to $15 for a private vehicle, from $7 to $8 per vehicle as a concession rate and from $7 to $8 for motorcycles.
The new park passes introduced for visitors taking shorter holiday periods, provide unlimited park entries for five days for $25 and 14 days for $40.
“An annual local parks pass, which is popular for Yanchep National Park, has increased from $23 to $25 and provides unlimited entry to locals and ratepayers to one park or a group of local parks for 12 months,’’ she said.
“In partnership with the City of Wanneroo, up to 4800 residents of the City of Wanneroo are able to take advantage of purchasing online an annual local parks pass to Yanchep National Park for the cost of a day ticket ($15).’’
Camping fees for Henry White Campground have also increased from $11 an adult for a night to $15 per adult a night.
“Henry White Campground facilities have been upgraded to include a new ablution block and a new barbecue shelter with picnic tables, dishwashing facilities, gas barbecues and 240V outlets for re-charging electronic items.
“The camping nodes have been designed to accommodate tents, campervans, caravans and camper trailers of all sizes with a choice of grassed nodes or hard stand bays.’’
She said park passes provided a cost-effective and convenient option for frequent visitors and tourists.
“Fees provide a way for visitors to make an important contribution towards conservation and the maintenance of facilities in the places that they enjoy visiting. “In this way, fees assist in maintaining parks as key visitor destinations, and this benefits the businesses that are based on and in the parks.
“All fees contribute towards the management of parks and maintenance of visitor facilities.
“Increases are applied periodically to ensure fees contribute meaningfully towards management costs.’’
She said the increased fees would apply to commercial operators from July 1 next year to allow lead time for operators to include the fees in pricing, marketing materials and forward bookings.
Campground bookings are only available online at: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay