26 September 2023

Upgrades keep popular park on track

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The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the State’s most popular with more than 4.6 million visits in the past financial year, is to receive a major upgrade.

A total of $2 million is to be spent on the 125-kilometre Cape to Cape Track to enhance the experience for hikers.

Improvements will be made to the track surface, infrastructure will be upgraded, and part of the trail realigned to protect culturally sensitive sites and manage erosion. A further $700,000 will be spent on visitor signage.

Works on the track improvements will begin later this year and are expected to be complete by mid-2025.

Minister for the Environment, Reece Whitby said the Cape to Cape Track upgrades were much-needed to improve the experience for hikers as well as helping to protect the surrounding environment.

“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,” Mr Whitby said.

“The Government is committed to enhancing our conservation estate through initiatives like this.”

Minister for Tourism, Roger Cook said the Cape to Cape Track was a major drawcard in the South-West area, and the upgrades would ensure the area remained a top tourism destination for years to come.

“The Government’s $17.7 million program to develop and enhance tourism offerings in our national parks is helping to develop new environmentally sensitive tourism attractions and accommodation options,” Mr Cook said.

“This will help entice more tourists to visit and stay in these incredible and iconic locations of Western Australia.”

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