‘Bumper’ grey nomad time

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

It’s that time of year when grey nomads take to our dusty red roads and visit the North West.

Caravans and campervans will soon be a regular sight on the streets of Port Hedland.

Port Hedland Visitor Centre consultant Janine Rowley said residents should expect a big tourist season this year.

“I was down in Perth at the Perth Caravan and Camping Show at a stand promoting the Town of Port Hedland — by the number of people coming up to us saying they’re coming our way, you can tell it’s going to be a bumper of a season,” she said.

“We seem to have kickstarted already with our numbers this week, up again from last year.

“We’re just starting to see grey nomads come through town now.”

Ms Rowley said the “boomer” of a wet season experienced by the Pilbara and Kimberley would most likely contribute to an increased tourism season as well.

“Last year, everything was dry, so this year people will be coming knowing that they’ve got this massive display going on with waterfalls and gorges and I’m sure wildflower season will be amazing,” she said.

“Everything is pointing towards a really great season and once-in-a- lifetime environmental show.”

Last year, Port Hedland was officially named an RV-friendly town, the second of its kind in the Pilbara.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said that status brought tourism opportunities.

“While the RV overflow campsite gave people a reason to stay a night or three in the town, what made their experience unique is the ability to get so close to indus-try, whether it be a 300,000-tonne iron ore carrier docking in our port or some of the longest trains in the world coming into Hedland to be unloaded,” he said.

“The Port Hedland VisitorCentre had a 200 per cent increase in foot traffic when the RV overflow campsite was announced on Facebook last year, and had one of its busiest seasons yet,”

The overflow campsite will open on May 1 and Port Hedland Golf Club will also be open.

Both sites will only accommodate fully self-contained travellers including greywater usage because of the lack of camping facilities available.

However, campers and travellers will have a plethora of locations to go to in Port Hedland, including Cooke Point, Discovery Park and Blackrock Caravan Park.

For more information on the upcoming tourism season and what is available for travellers, visit Port Hedland Visitor Centre on Wedge Street or phone 9173 1711.

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