The WA Government has released the Collie Tourism Prospectus, calling on business operators to become a part of Collie’s tourism evolution.
Tourism has been a very successful part of the efforts to transition the region away from a coal-based economy to a more diverse and sustainable future. Since the transition work has begun, visitor numbers in Collie have increased by over 73%.
The iconic Wellington Dam mural continues to attract local and international visitors, and the final stage of the $10 million Adventure Mountain bike trails in the Wellington Forest is to be open in Summer 2023-24, it is expected these numbers will continue to rise as Collie’s reputation as a premier adventure destination in WA’s South West grows. The success of these attractions means that Collie is now facing high demand for new accommodation, and food and beverage offerings. Some of the future tourism-friendly offerings may include:
» Accommodation: upmarket couples and family accommodation
» Boutique brewery
» Accommodation support industries
» Café/restaurant style eateries
» Mountain biker friendly offerings
» Aboriginal cultural offerings
» Eco/nature tourism offerings
» Heritage, arts and culture offerings
View the prospectus here
As part of the recent State Government 2023-24 Mid-Year Review, the following tourism attractions are to benefit:
Latest research from the Tourism & Transport Forum (Australia's peak industry group for the Australian tourism, transport and aviation sectors) has found that the South West region of WA has experienced the biggest growth in popularity in regional tourism across the country since the pandemic.
The biggest growth in visitors to the South West was among middle-aged Australians aged 30-64, with visitation nearly 19 per cent above pre-COVID levels, followed by Australians over 65 with a 15 per cent increase, then young people under 30 with an eight per cent increase.
Among WA residents, the greatest surge in popularity was for the North West region, with visitation nearly 37 per cent above pre-COVID levels.
Read the TTF report here
Tourism WA is set to implement a new Cruise Tourism Strategic Plan with the aim of growing economic and employment outcomes for Western Australia. The strategy aims to:
The annual funding round supports smaller and developing regional events to help attract new visitors to WA's five tourism regions and stimulate local economies.
This year's RES round will fund 10 new events and will include $250,000 to deliver Regional Aboriginal Events, including the agritourism event Taste of the Kimberley, showcasing the produce and landscapes of the Kimberley region; and the RAES event Iwarra Wilungga - Spring by the Sea, which is a celebration of Aboriginal culture in the Mid-West.
Other events include the Great Southern Stage Run, a three-day race following the wild and rugged Bibbulman Track; and the Northam Heritage and Multicultural Festival in the Wheatbelt.
View the full list of recipients
Exmouth has been identified as the best land-based place in the world to view the eclipse, with the Exmouth Peninsula set to experience full darkness.
Other locations around WA will see a partial solar eclipse, including Perth witnessing a 70 per cent eclipse, Geraldton about 80 per cent, Carnarvon 95 per cent, Karratha 97 per cent and Coral Bay 99 per cent.
While the actual eclipse is relatively short, Tourism WA expects visitors to stay in the region for around five days.
Thousands of tourists are expected to visit Ningaloo Coastal Reserve, Ningaloo Marine Park, Montebello Marine Park, Pilbara Inshore Islands, Cape Range National Park, Barrow Island Marine Management Area and the Giralia Station.
Read the full media statement here
Read full Media Statement here
The latest round of the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund has provided a financial boost to eight regional organisations to deliver arts and cultural activities at regional festivals in Western Australia.
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP). It is open to groups, organisations or individual artists, WA regional local government authorities and Aboriginal communities to support the costs associated with delivering arts activity that is part of a festival in regional Western Australia.
Initiatives receiving grants through the program are: