App makes a splash at WA marine parks
A new smartphone app has been developed to help visitors explore and navigate WA’s 13 marine parks.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife created the Explore Marine Parks WA app for iPhones and iPads with the support of the Department of Fisheries and Exxon Mobile Australia.
DPaW senior projects officer Carolyn Thomson-Dans said the app would provide information about the full range of activities available in the State’s marine parks.
“This will make it easier for people to plan their visits to WA’s magnificent marine parks, from the remote Lalang-Garram/ Camden Sound in the Kimberley, to Walpole and Nornalup inlets in the south,” she said.
“The app contains comprehensive information about each marine park, along with 72 common marine wildlife species and species of conservation significance such as whales, reptiles and fish.”
The information from the app will be downloaded onto the user’s device, making it accessible at any time.
“The app has a Where Am I? function so park users can see which marine park zone they are in and what activities they can enjoy in each particular area, even when offline or out of mobile phone range,” Ms Thomson-Dans said.
The development of the Explore Marine Parks WA app was triggered by the increased use of smartphones by tourists and park visitors.
“This is an excellent tool promoting the diversity of recreational experiences in our parks and it provides practical information about how to contact each park, how to get there and how to stay safe during visits,” Ms Thomson-Dans said.
“The app will also educate visitors on appropriate behaviour in marine parks by providing the best possible information on park zones and permitted activities.”
Explore Marine Parks WA is available now from the Apple App Store.
Find it by typing “Marine Parks WA” into the search bar.
A humpback whale breaches in the Ningaloo Marine Park.