TOURISM Western Australia is encouraging Australian travellers to follow through on their Kimberley bookings for 2023, despite the closure of two the region’s popular national parks due to flood damage.
Most operators in the Kimberley will be going ahead as planned as with tours, the tourism body revealed to travelBulletin this week, with only a minority affected by the extended shutdown of the Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) and Danggu Geikie Gorge National Parks.
“Tourism operators have reported that with some alterations, their itineraries remain incredible with many fantastic opportunities for visitors to explore the region,” a Tourism WA spokesperson said.
“The best way Australians can support the local tourism industry is to keep their 2023 bookings – the Kimberley is an iconic tourism destination that is ready-and-waiting to welcome visitors for the upcoming tourism season.”
Tourism WA also pointed out that “many areas will be more breathtaking than they have been in decades” thanks to the recent deluge, which it says has created “spectacular waterfalls”.
The tourism body’s comments come after the WA Government launched a $6 million Tourism Flood Recovery Package, which includes 19,000 discounted airfares from Perth to Broome and Kununurra, a national marketing campaign to boost visitation, and a consumer incentive campaign offering $500,000 worth of discounted tours and experiences for visitors heading to the region during the 2023 peak season.
MEANWHILE, travellers can save up to $1,500 per person on selected Kimberley tours with AAT Kings and G’Day Group, between now and 19 May, for travel before 31 March 2024, while agents can also go in the draw to win a Kimberley land tour, plus 50% off for a friend – click here for more details.