Forrest buys popular caravan park
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has made a play into the North West tourism industry with the purchase of the Ningaloo Lighthouse Caravan Park.
Mr Forrest purchased the popular caravan park, situated up the top of the North West Cape 20km from Exmouth. A Minderoo Group spokeswoman would not confirm when the purchase took place, but it is believed to have been finalised this month.
The spokeswoman said Andrew and Nicola Forrest believed in supporting eco-tourism in the North West.
“We believe in promoting marine ecology awareness, while encouraging active, populationwide engagement and appreciation of our globally unique coastal wilderness,” she said.
“The biodiversity and sustainable beauty of our fragile NorthWest shorelines can be enjoyed by all if we never take it for granted.
“The park will continue with its operation.”
The spokeswoman declined to comment on whether or not an adjacent 6.5ha block of land was also part of the purchase.
At Tuesday’s Shire of Exmouth council meeting, officers recommended the Shire inform the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage of its support for the amalgamation of two parcels of crown land which share borders with the caravan park.
The caravan park consists of a number of caravan and camp sites, cabins, bungalows, seven chalets nestled in the hill below the Vlaming Head lighthouse, and a small cafe, fuel and convenience store.