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Free entry to national parks for Nature Play WA kids

Free entry to national parks for Nature Play WA kids

With the school holidays upon us, families are being reminded about free entry to 30 national parks for all Western Australian children who hold a Nature Play WA passport.

To celebrate the State Government’s Parks for People initiative, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has teamed up with Nature Play WA to waive fees for young passport holders and their families from tomorrow (Saturday 5 July) to Sunday 20 July.

Peter Sharp, Director of Parks and Visitor Services, said there was a diverse range of fun experiences on offer in the State’s 100 national parks.

“This free entry initiative gives families a wonderful opportunity to plan a visit to one of our spectacular parks where children can get outdoors and enjoy nature,” he said.

“From cycling to bushwalking and canoeing to swimming, there are activities that can be enjoyed by children of every age and ability

“It also gives kids a great opportunity to learn more about the native animals and plants in our national parks that make Western Australia such a unique and special place to live.

“We can use our imaginations and enjoy the parks in many ways. Become a botanist for a day and sketch some of the plants or be a wildlife photographer and capture images to share with the world.”

Nature Play WA Chief Executive Officer Griffin Longley said he hoped some of the 150,000 children who had received passports over the last two years would plan a visit to a national park.

“We know that spending time playing outdoors and in nature has great benefits for kids’ physical and mental wellbeing, as well as helping with the development of their creativity, resilience and connection to nature.

“I would encourage all those kids and their families to take some time away from the screens and gadgets over the school holidays and spend some time having fun in the great outdoors.”

The free entry offer applies at 30 national parks managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife that usually charge fees. All you have to do is show your valid Nature Play passport at the park entry gate and the $12 car fee will be waived. Camping fees still apply.

List of 30 parks where day entry fees will be waived over July school holidays

  1. Avon Valley
  2. Yanchep
  3. Gloucester
  4. Stirling Range
  5. Cape Range
  6. Stokes
  7. King Leopold Ranges
  8. Tunnel Creek
  9. John Forrest
  10. Beedelup
  11. Greater Beedelup
  12. Warren
  13. Francois Peron
  14. Nambung
  15. Millstream Chichester
  16. Windjana Gorge
  17. Serpentine
  18. D’Entrecasteaux
  19. Porongurup
  20. Cape Arid
  21. Kalbarri
  22. Karijini
  23. Mitchell River
  24. Walyunga
  25. Fitzgerald River
  26. Shannon
  27. Cape Le Grand
  28. Lesueur
  29. Mirima
  30. Purnululu

 

 

Last modified on Monday, 07 July 2014 14:39