Cape trails

Tracks to boost Ex­mouth tourism

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The North West Cape will pro­vide the back­drop for world-class walk­ing, rid­ing, pad­dling and driv­ing trails that are fit­ting of a World Her­itage-listed land­scape un­der a plan put for­ward by the Shire of Ex­mouth and State Gov­ern­ment.

The trails mas­ter­plan project is be­ing spear­headed by Ex­mouth Shire in part­ner­ship with Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife, Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation and the Gas­coyne Tourism Board.

Ex­mouth com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Roge Kempe said the mas­ter­plan had po­ten­tial to di­ver­sify tourism of­fer­ings in on the Cape.

“We aim to iden­tify key ar­eas for trail de­vel­op­ment as well as pri­or­i­ties across a range of recre­ational sec­tors, from walk­ing to kayak­ing and moun­tain bik­ing,” he said.

“Hav­ing a well-planned and care­fully man­aged trail net­work will be fan­tas­tic for lo­cal res­i­dents be­cause it will in­crease out­door re­cre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It also has the po­ten­tial to help Ex­mouth, which is tra­di­tion­ally a wa­ter-based tourism des­ti­na­tion, broaden its tourism ap­peal by mak­ing our World Her­itage-listed land­scape more ac­ces­si­ble and tap­ping into the trail-based tourism and events mar­ket.”

Sport and Re­cre­ation Gas­coyne re­gional man­ager Richard Malacari said Ex­mouth was well suited for the de­vel­op­ment of a trails mas­ter­plan.

“We know that peo­ple who ar­rive in a town to do an ac­tiv­ity like cy­cling will also need places to stay and eat, thus con­tribut­ing to the lo­cal econ­omy,” he said.

“Early stake­holder dis­cus­sions sug­gest this is an op­por­tu­nity to di­ver­sify into land-based ex­pe­ri­ences which would com­ple­ment Ex­mouth’s sig­nif­i­cant aquatic tourism, po­ten­tially bring­ing new par­tic­i­pants to both.”

WestCy­cle moun­tain-bike de­vel­op­ment man­ager Peta Demi­denko said The North West Cape had po­ten­tial as an in­ter­na­tional moun­tain bike des­ti­na­tion.

“Parts of the range cater for the en­thu­si­asts, the more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers, but there are also ar­eas which pro­vide be­gin­ners an op­por­tu­nity for scenic tours of Cape Range,” he said.

Ms Demi­denko said other ar­eas in the North West, such as the Kar­ratha Hills, could also see growth in moun­tain bike tourism with more plan­ning.

A com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion will be held from 6pm on Novem­ber 24 in the Old Du­rak TAFE meet­ing room on Maid­stone Cres­cent.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A road lead­ing to Charles Knife Canyon in Cape Range Na­tional Park, near Ex­mouth.

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