It’s time to hit the beach

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

WITH sum­mer less than a month away, trips to the beach are sure to be on the up.

For­tu­nately for West Aus­tralians, we are not short on spots to visit.

But be­sides pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of spots to cool off and recre­ate, the WA coast­line also has an im­por­tant eco­nomic role, ac­cord­ing to Tourism Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Hall.

“A trip to the beach ranks along­side food and wine ex­pe­ri­ences, shop­ping, and sight­see­ing as the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for visi­tors to Western Aus­tralia,” he said.

“Out of the 835,000 in­ter­na­tional visi­tors to WA in 201415, more than 550,000 took a trip to our beaches.”

Mr Hall said WA’s coastal at­trac­tion went deeper than sim­ple vis­its to the beach.

Great fish­ing spots, is­land get­aways, and surf spots com­bine to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for a wide range of vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It also in­volves on-wa­ter ex­pe­ri­ences, such as boat­ing and wildlife cruises, and on­shore ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing restau­rants and other leisure ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr Hall said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d433244

Leon Veale, of Coogee.

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