Trails WA has celebrated the launch of its new interactive website TrailsWA.com.au at the WA Ecology Centre this morning.
The website features downloadable maps and information for more than 800 sanctioned trails across Western Australia, designed to make it possible for anyone to access the trail networks and leave details of their experiences.
Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts David Templeman says attending the opening was a great experience and hopes it can provide useful information as tourism increases.
“[Trails WA] is just a magnificent enabler for Western Australians and visitors to Western Australia to ensure that they have the information they need to explore Western Australia through our extensive network of trails.
“Now of course we are welcoming back in huge numbers tourists from interstate and now internationally and we want to the share the state, the great stories of this place with the visitors and the people who live here.”
Trails WA chair Neil Le Febvre says the local use of trails is at an all-time high as people were encouraged get into nature during the pandemic.
“We’ve seen the number of people accessing our social media channels increase tenfold just in the last 18 months which is a great indication of the explosion of interest in trails in recent times,” he says.
“Trails WA is all about promoting all types of trails to all trail users – so unlike other websites, TrailsWA.com.au offers maps and information on bushwalking, mountain biking, trail running, water trails, through to food and wine trails or getting about in a wheelchair.”