Event a tourism draw­card

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This year’s Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­pected to be a ma­jor tourism draw­card for the Pil­bara.

Nin­tirri Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive James Jarvis said the event at­tracted more and more visi­tors each year. He said he hoped the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence would not only en­cour­age Pil­bara lo­cals but “des­ti­na­tion dis­cov­er­ers” to visit the re­gion.

“They’re the crew down in Perth and the South West that see an event, will chuck the kids in the back of the car, get all their camp­ing gear in and say we’re go­ing to Kar­i­jini for the school hol­i­days,” he said. “We’re pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive (for) peo­ple to in­stead of go­ing all the way up to the Kim­ber­ley or only as far as the Gas­coyne — come to the Pil­bara.”

Mr Jarvis said he hoped visi­tors at­tend­ing the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence would stop by other tourist hotspots in the re­gion.

“We’ve got these amaz­ing as­sets and while you’re here. . . head back to the coast, go and see Kar­ratha and do some of the tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties with Clin­ton Walker on the Bur­rup,” he said.

This year’s Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram fea­tures an eclec­tic ar­ray of culi­nary, cul­tural, her­itage, fam­ily events from April 11-15.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife ranger Steve Ber­ris takes Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence guests on a stroll to Jof­fre Gorge.

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