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Tourism WA is responsible for identifying Camping with Custodians opportunities and assisting selected communities prepare for, and deliver, their campground facilities and related activities. In addition, we are responsible for promoting the initiative with the ultimate goal of marketing a network of campgrounds and linked to quality experiences.

Government assistance for Camping with Custodians projects will generally apply if a camping ground is near a popular tourism route, and where a strong business case can be demonstrated.  Remote area projects 'off-the-beaten track' will only be considered under special circumstances.

The following general guiding principles will be used to determine participation in Camping with Custodians:

  • Camping with Custodians involves camping on land owned or controlled by Aboriginal people.  It is possible for Camping with Custodians to be on conservation estate but in that case the Aboriginal stakeholder(s) would be required to have a leasehold or other form of tenure that places decision making for the camping ground in their hands; and
  • Camping with Custodians involves a camping experience or linked activities where there is obvious interaction between Aboriginal people and campers, enabling the visitor to learn about lifestyle, history, heritage and culture of West Australian Aboriginal people.  The experience could be an immersion in life on a cattle station, a learning of remote area community living, or an appreciation of traditional and/or contemporary Aboriginal ties to land and environment.  The experience may be nature-based but it does not have to be. 
  • Camping with Custodians camping grounds will be fully compliant with all of the requirements of the State's caravan and camping regulations.  The camping grounds will strive to provide facilities and comfort at a level that makes those standards an attraction in themselves.  Camping with Custodians can involve a rural or remote area experience or it can be community, town or urban based.

Last Reviewed: 2017-07-24