Widespread Illegal Camping in Dunsborough

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A South West carpark is being described as a “gypsy village”, what with many campers making the area a home by living in vans and tents.

Sydney, NSW, Australia., May 6, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - One resident in Dunsborough described a carpark in South West as a “gypsy village” because of campers making a home out of vans and tents in the area.

According to the Department of Parks and Wildlife, illegal camping became prevalent just recently, particularly during the Easter holiday period.

This illegal practice was confined mainly in carparks, as well as in areas inside parks that are not designated for camping, causing environmental and waste management issues. A spokesperson said, “Rangers always use their discretion prior to issuing an infringement for illegal camping, but infringement notices for camping are unfortunately issued regularly.” The fine for on-the-spot issuance of infringement is at $50.

Dean Freeman, an emergency services coordinator and Busselton City ranger, said that many city rangers do early morning and late evening patrols around areas frequented by many illegal campers, especially in summer. He added that people go to foreshore or bushland locations in their cars or vans to camp overnight.

Joel Nankivell, a Dunsborough resident, has witnessed this illegal practice in different local foreshore areas regularly. He described one beach park on Geographe Bay Road as a “gypsy village”, with many illegal campers putting clotheslines and chairs in the area while using the council power services.

“It has now become known to us residents as the 'shanty town carpark' as they have been hanging around for months now, and more and more seem to turn up everyday,” said Mr. Nankivell.

The Dunsborough resident added that it was hazardous for other cars entering the park as the view of traffic were blocked by vans.

The Best 'Legal' Areas for Camping

Holidaymakers who want to avoid being fined are encouraged to visit camping destination sites. In line with this, a national survey has been conducted and has revealed that the following are the top hotspots for camping and caravnning adventures:

  • Douglas Daly Tourist Park
  • Ayers Rock Campground
  • Nitmiluk National Park Campgrounds
  • Kings Canyon Resort
  • Discovery Holiday Parks Darwin

The Great Ocean Road Tourist Park in Victoria has retained its title as the most popular holiday park in Australia.

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