Two popular coastal Pilbara camping grounds are set to benefit from the launch of an online booking and management system for the upcoming camping season. Residents and locals flock to Cleaverville and 40 Mile (Gnoorea) for nature-based camping experiences, four-wheel driving, fishing, boating and swimming. The online booking system is expected to help manage the high volume of visitors to the popular sites and protect the environmental and cultural values of the areas. The City of Karratha ran a successful trial of the booking system last September and has since made updates based on feedback from locals and visitors to create a better user experience. City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the new system would make it easier for visitors and locals to book their favourite campsites and help with the management of the grounds. “Having an online booking system means people are able to plan their holidays in advance and not drive all the way out there to find there are no sites available,” he said. The City has also set aside specific sites at Gnoorea for use by traditional owners, ensuring that culturally important locations are protected. Wirrawandi Aboriginal Corporation general manager Brian Wall said the online booking system was a positive step in managing visitor numbers and protecting the local environment. “We’re really pleased to be working with the City to progress opportunities for traditional owners to manage the camping area in the future and continue to have free access to their land and country,” he said.