Congratulations To Ocean Park Aquarium

Congratulations to Ocean Park Aquarium for achieving Ecotourism certification for their Aquarium Tours and 4WD Adventure Tours.

Ocean Park is an award-winning, Eco-friendly aquarium located on the shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park in Western Australia. Guests may explore the wonders of the marine park with a marine scientist on a fun, highly educational guided tour of the aquarium. In the company of a marine scientists, guests are guaranteed a fun and highly educational experience, as they watch shark feeding, meet rescued sea turtles, and see venomous sea snakes and stonefish. Alternatively, guests can take a 4WD tour exploring the rugged terrain of the World Heritage listed Shark Bay, Steep Point, and Francois Person National Park on a fully guided eco tour.

Ocean Park Aquarium has a comprehensive Environmental Policy to ensure they operate in the most sustainable way possible. The Ocean Park is powered by one of the largest private solar installations in Western Australia, generating 273 kilowatt hours each day. The installation powers the parks lighting and pump systems, as well as a reverse osmosis desalination unit for generating fresh water. The educational guided tours of Ocean Park Aquarium engage the public in sustainable thinking by promoting ecosystem understanding. They also look out for the environment in which they operate by contributing to the conservation objectives of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Shark Bay Marine Park, Francois Peron National Park and Edel Land. The Ocean Park is also a rehabilitation centre for injured marine reptiles, working with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife to care for injured marine life and release them back into the wild.

To find out more about Ocean Park Aquarium, please visit their website.

New ParkFinder WA smartphone App enables greater Park experience

The Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has just launched a fantastic new smartphone app that enables users to plan their outdoor adventures with the tap of a finger.

The user-friendly ParkFinder App allows users to search hundred of sites within more than 150 different Parks in Western Australia by map, park name, and parks near you. It also allows users to filter search results by available activities and facilities, and displays alerts for closures, hazards and upcoming camping vacancies.

All data is downloaded to the users phone, also enabling offline and out-of-range access to park information. You can save favourites parks and sites, share with friends on social media, and write reviews, all while the app stays perpetually up-to-date through linking to the Parks and Wildlife Explore Parks website.

The Parkfinder app is part of the $21.05 million, four-year Parks for People initiative that is expanding camping and visitor experiences in parks and reserves throughout WA. Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, says the app is part of a range of online and mobile resources being rolled out as part of the initiative. “More mobile resources will be rolled out soon including a camping checklist app for Western Australia, a Trailfinder app and mobile flora and fauna guides,” he said.

The introduction of the innovative tool sets a new benchmark for tourism in our parks, enabling a greater park experience and encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

Find out more about the Parkfinder-WA app here.

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