The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is one of Western Australia’s most important and popular national parks, and this week the WA Government a significant funding boost of $2.7 million to the track and visitor signage.
The park attracted more than 4.6 million visitors last financial year, making it WA’s most visited national park, one filled with beautiful beaches, incredible limestone caves, forest walks and more.
According to the statement, $2 million will go towards a 125 kilometre section of the Cape to Cape Track, covering improvements to the track surface, infrastructure upgrades and trail realignments protecting culturally sensitive sites and eroded areas.
“These Cape to Cape Track upgrades are much-needed to improve the experience for hikers as well as help protect the surrounding environment” said Environment Minister Reece Whitby.
“Hiking the Cape to Cape Track is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning coastline and forests in our South-West, exploring nature at its best.”
The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) welcomed the news, which is part of the McGowan Government’s $17.7 million National Park Tourism Experiences Development Program.
“We are delighted the Western Australian Government has announced this morning that it will invest $2.7 million in major upgrades to the Cape to Cape Track and visitor signage in the National Park,” said MRBTA Chair Stuart Hicks.
“The Government’s commitment will assist the Track to fulfil its potential as a five-star walk trail, offering infrastructure, facilities and interpretation that are on par with other iconic walk trails around the world.”
The remaining $700,000 will go towards improving signage in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
“We are hopeful that this commitment from the State will form part of an ongoing staged investment program for the Park, addressing priorities including investment in day-use coastal recreation sites, as well as opportunities to enable visitors to learn about the environmental and cultural significance of this unique and threatened part of Wadandi Boodja,” Hicks said.
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