Karijini joins free visitor wi-fi rollout
Visitors to Karijini National Park now have access to free wi-fi, with the service installed at the Karijini Visitor Centre last week.
The project is managed by the Pilbara Regional Council, in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Pilbara Regional Council chief executive Tony Friday said the latest wi-fi point was part of the Pilbara-wide Welcome Wi-fi project enabling tourists to stay connected on their travels.
“Activating free wi-fi in this popular destination is a major stepping-stone for Pilbara tourism,” he said.
The Welcome wi-fi project has involved 34 hotspots being connected at towns and other remote locations in the region.
Mr Friday said the network had attracted more than 42,000 unique visitors since it was rolled out in July last year.
It follows much of the Warlu Way, a drive trail showcasing inland and coastal scenery following the path of the Warlu, an indigenous Dreamtime sea serpent.
Cape Range, Karijini, Millstream-Chichester and Karlamilyi are all mostly black spots at the moment, but internet coverage is slowly encroaching inside their boundaries.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said coverage in popular remote areas had benefits beyond giving tourists the ability to post online.
“There can also be safety considerations,” he said.
“Many of these places are very remote and quite dangerous. People run out of water, get lost.
“They can have their lives at risk so communications in various forms are important.”
The Welcome rest stops also feature a Volunteer Now button which encourages visitors to stick around and spare some time helping out Pilbara groups and not-forprofit organisations.
Many of these places are very remote and quite dangerous. Premier Colin Barnett