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