Environment Minister Stephen Dawson reopens Lucky Bay

The $4.2 million investment in the Lucky Bay Campground is set to cater for the increased demand and provide a contemporary camping experience for visitors, according to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

Mr Dawson officially reopened the campground on Thursday, September 6, with a new ablution block and recreation area.

As part of the reopening, the state government also announced an online booking service for campgrounds at Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grand through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The Cape Le Grand National Park attracts more than 180,000 visits annually, with a current increase of around five per cent per year.

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Mr Dawson said it was no surprise that demand for camping in the national park, famous for its white sand, turquoise waters and kangaroos, far exceeded demand in the peak season. 

“It’s spectacular - it’s great to be out on the south coast today at Lucky Bay to see these new facilities,” he said.

“I know from representing the Goldfields in parliament just how many people have wanted to come out to Lucky Bay but have been unable to get out to this park.

“As part of the announcement, we have announced that you’ll now be able to book a campsite here online – which will make all the difference to those who have made the trip down.”

As Environment Minister, Mr Dawson said he was proud to see the local businesses and indigenous rangers engaged in the project.

“Just to see what’s here, to talk to some of the local businesses involved and to talk to Gail Reynolds-Adamson and hear from indigenous rangers engaged in this project really makes me proud as a minister,” he said.

“I’m particularly proud, as minister for environment, to have been able to roll out the McGowan government’s Indigenous Ranger Program.

Official opening: Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission chair Gail Reynolds-Adamson and Labor MLC for the Agricultural Region Laurie Graham. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Official opening: Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission chair Gail Reynolds-Adamson and Labor MLC for the Agricultural Region Laurie Graham. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

“As a result of that, 85 new rangers have been employed across the state and over half of those rangers are female.

“When people come to a park in Western Australia or Australia from overseas, they want an authentic experience.

“Having those rangers on the ground, sharing their knowledge and their culture really does enhance the experience.

“It’s great that the Esperance rangers have been involved and will continue to be involved.”

With one of Australia’s most recognised beaches, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the upgrade at Lucky Bay would help attract more people to regional WA.

“Lucky Bay is regularly recognised as one of Australia’s best beaches and features heavily in Tourism WA’s promotion of the State to tourism markets around the world,” he said.

“Attracting more people, more often to regional Western Australia is an important focus in Tourism WA’s Two-Year Action Plan and this upgrade at Lucky Bay will help us achieve that goal.”

The new online campground booking system can be accessed via www.parkstaybookings.dbca.wa.gov.au