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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, Tourism WA is responsible for promoting the initiative with the ultimate goal of marketing a network of campgrounds and linking them to quality experiences.

The key criteria for Tourism WA support for potential Camping with Custodians projects  includes the campground being near a popular tourism route, a strongly engaged community located close by, 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; 

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; 

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, such as flushing toilets, hot showers and potable water. 


Last Reviewed: 2018-04-12