Henry White camping ground re-opens tomorrow

The camping ground in Yanchep National Park opens from midday tomorrow but people still need to maintain social distancing and good hygiene. Picture: Anita McInnes

HENRY White Campground in Yanchep National Park will open for campers from midday tomorrow following the lifting of some restrictions put in place due to Covid-19.

But the intrastate travel bans mean people are only able to camp in their local national parks, reserves and state forests.

This means people from the metropolitan and Peel areas can camp at Henry White Campground but people from the Shire of Gingin who live in the Wheatbelt cannot due to the travel restrictions.

People can book online via the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s online campground booking system from midday Friday, May 1.

Online bookings will be available for stays of up to two weeks at a time and can only be made up to two weeks ahead of an arrival date.

Non-bookable campgrounds will continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

The community is urged to show caution when using shared facilities and to adhere to the 4sqm per person requirement and to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said allowing camping in local national parks and reserves was a positive step forward and a reflection of the good behaviour shown by the community during the state of emergency.

“We could all do with a change of scene,’’ he said.

“I would like to remind campers that they need to ensure they are self-sufficient and able to maintain good personal hygiene by carrying their own handwashing equipment and materials.

“As people enjoy visiting and camping in their local national parks, I encourage them to be vigilant and to continue to practice social distancing.”