Works to bolster park’s visitor appeal

Home to two of Western Australia’s most iconic swimming spots, Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, William Bay National Park near Denmark is getting better beach access, new lookout facilities and improved trails.

The first two stages of a renewal project were completed late last year, and stages three and four are now under way around Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Waterfall Beach, Lights Beach and Ocean Beach.

The renewal works will include a new dual-use walk and cycle coastal trail between Elephant Rocks and Waterfall Beach, which will form part of the Munda Biddi Trail.

There will also be a 200m sealed all-access pathway to a new viewpoint over Elephant Rocks, including seating and interpretation.

The park had around 300,000 visitors last year, an increase of about 20,000 compared to the previous year.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has been working with the Shire of Denmark and other stakeholders on the renewal project, which has the aim of improving ageing visitor infrastructure while protecting the area’s fragile coastal vegetation.

A Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson says the planned upgrades will cater to the already high visitor numbers at William Bay National Park and help to drive tourism and visitation within the Great Southern region.

The park will remain open during the work, but the department says visitors should expect minor disruption to path, trail and vehicle access until June 2022.

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