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Camp safely these summer holidays

Camping in WA
Camping in WA DBCA

With summer holidays just around the corner, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is reminding people to take care when camping in national parks.

Tim Foley from the department’s Parks and Wildlife Service said while campfires were a valued part of the camping experience, there were restrictions in place during bushfire season.

“For many people, toasting marshmallows over a campfire is considered an iconic camping experience, but during the summer months lighting an open fire, even when a fire ring is present, is simply not safe,” Mr Foley said.

“Drier winters and hotter summers have raised the risk of bushfires across the south-west.

“We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday, so we ask that all park users follow the rules and avoid lighting campfires or using appliances powered by burning solid fuel.”

As an alternative, people are encouraged to make use of the free gas barbeques available at several campgrounds and day use areas, including Shannon campground in Shannon National Park, Draftys camp in Warren National Park, Fernhook Falls in Mt Frankland South National Park and many more.

“Shannon campground has recently been upgraded and is a great option for those who have left booking until the last minute,” Mr Foley said.

“It now has more than 60 campsites to choose from, on a first-come, first-served basis. I encourage people to stay a few days and explore Shannon and D’Entrecasteaux national parks, as well as the western part of the Walpole Wilderness Area.

“Wherever you decide to camp, it’s important that you check whether you need to book before heading south to avoid disappointment.”

To view the latest availability information for all Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds go to https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/campgrounds-status and to make bookings for selected campgrounds up to 180 days in advance go to https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay. For information on campfires, visit https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/current-campfire-conditions.