Western Australian campers can now holiday at local caravan parks within their respective intrastate boundaries, confirms Melissa Souter-Robertson, spokesperson for the Caravan Industry Australia Western Australia.
The Association welcomed the move, after Premier Mark McGowan eased restrictions on non-contact recreational activities last Sunday.
Camping, picnics, fishing, boating and hiking are now permitted, though social distancing laws and restrictions on crossing intrastate boundaries remain.
CAMPING AND CARAVANNING, GOOD FOR YOU
The research found that 85 percent of surveyed campers felt close to their partners.
“Overall, those who go caravanning/camping are happier, more socially and environmentally conscious and closer to their loved ones,” Melissa says.
ASSOCIATION URGES CAUTION
Although restrictions have eased, the Association urges travellers to remain vigilant against the risk of COVID-19.
“We would encourage [that] the WA caravan and camping community … adhere to the WA Government rules and regulations around social distancing, and the 10-person gathering rules,” says Melissa.
“So that everyone can enjoy these non-contact outdoor recreational activities in a safe environment.”
HOW SOME CARAVAN PARKS ARE RESPONDING
In response, Cheynes Beach Caravan Park opened its doors to holidaymakers living in WA’s Great Southern Region.
“We all love our own space and after being cooped up indoors for so long, having outdoor freedom with your own space is good for the mind, body and soul,” caravan park owner Joanne Marsh explains.
To maintain social distancing, the team at Cheynes Beach reminds guests at arrival of the restrictions and has put in place signage enforcing stipulated limits.
To assist with the measures, Joanne urges campers adhere to the social distancing rules and exercise patience, “particularly [to our] our cleaners, who are doing a fantastic job of making sure our facilities are spotless.”
Joanne also encourages guests to use facilities “only when necessary”.
By upholding social distancing rules, increasingly more Australians will be able to enjoy pristine destinations such as these at Cheynes Beach. High five!
NOT ALL CARAVAN PARKS OPENING
While caravan parks in Western Australia can welcome tourists within the region, some remain closed or open to essential tourists only. With some operators we spoke to finding the social distancing laws challenging.
Holiday Parks Downunder recommends travellers reach out to caravan parks first, prior to arriving.