$165 million boost to WA’s outdoor adventure destinations

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Boating facilities, campgrounds, trails and tourist attractions across Western Australia will be upgraded, thanks to a $165 million Outdoor Adventure Tourism package announced as part of the 2024-25 State Budget.

Designed to encourage local and international visitation to regional tourism destinations, and in turn help support local businesses and diversify regional economies, the package includes an $82.4 million investment into boating and maritime facilities, $45.8 million invested into trails and other recreational facilities, plus $17.1 million of new and upgraded campgrounds.

“Western Australia is famous for its stunning beaches and natural landscapes like our national parks and hiking trails – these are some of the key drawcards in bringing tourists to our beautiful State,” explained Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti.

“By improving and investing in these facilities and sites, we’re ensuring Western Australia remains a world-class tourism destination of choice for travellers, particularly in our regions.”

“Of course, this investment will also help support our local tourism operators and workforce, who rely on these experiences and sites to keep attracting visitors.”

Some of the most significant projects within the package include a $17.5 million extension to the northern breakwater at Jurien Bay Boat Harbour, a $9.1 million replacement of the Woodman Point Ammo Jetty, and $17.5 million towards completing the Margaret River region’s Wadandi Track – extending the trail to nearly 110km and making it one of the longest in Australia.

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Wadandi Track Busselton Margaret River Region
Cyclists on the Wadandi Track. Source: Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association

Also included in the package is $3 million to upgrade the iconic Gloucester and Bicentennial Trees and allow climbing of the trees to reopen, and $8.1 million towards supporting sustainable tourism initiatives at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

“WA has the best coastline, national parks and natural attractions in the country, and we want every Western Australian to enjoy what our outdoors has to offer,” added Premier Roger Cook.

“This investment will deliver a whole new visitor experience at campgrounds, hiking trails and boat ramps from the Kimberley to the Great Southern and right across the State.”

“Encouraging people to get out and about means more visitors to our regions, creating local jobs, supporting local business and helping to diversify our regional economy.”

Header image: Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Sally Hall / Perth is OK!