Visitors to coastal parks advised to plan ahead this summer
Tuesday 31 December, 2013
Parks Victoria is advising people heading to the south-west coast over summer to plan their trip ahead and to do the right thing to help look after our parks.
Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge, Darren Shiell, asked visitors to be aware that Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands Coastal Park do not have designated areas for overnight stays or camp fires.
“We’re welcoming day visitors to the area to enjoy the parks and their many attractions, but I encourage all visitors to plan ahead. Don’t just turn up at night fall without a plan of where you are going to stay.
“These parks are very narrow and are placed under enormous pressure from visitors during December and January. Overnight staying just compounds the pressure of day visitors.
“There are Visitor Information Centres in the main towns along the coast that can provide accommodation advice. Princetown, Port Campbell and Peterborough all have multiple options for car based campers to stay. Within a 28km stretch, there are 6 caravan parks,” he said.
“Unfortunately, park rangers often find that overnight visitors leave litter, leave unattended camp fires and bring dogs into the park disturbing native wildlife.
“Unattended camp fires pose a significant threat to other visitors and the local community,” he said.
“I ask everyone to remember that Port Campbell National Park is a fragile environment and to please help us to protect this wonderful area,” said Mr Shiell.
Parks Rangers will be patrolling these parks day and night over the holiday period to deter and penalise illegal behaviour.
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