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New apps provide locals with virtual holiday experiences

For more information, contact Terry Waldron (Member for Wagin).

Locals and visitors to the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions, which in part fall within the Wagin electorate, can now enjoy swimming, camping, bushwalking, bike riding and relaxing at a stunning beach – all from the comfort of their own homes.

The State Government last week launched two new digital media initiatives – DISCOVR WA and Park Explorers - aimed at encouraging people to explore the many activities and experiences on offer in WA's national parks and reserves.

Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said an increasing demand for digital and social media had led to the release of the new travel experience apps.

"These are great as they enable people to preview potential holiday destinations and activities before they visit the actual sites," Mr Waldron said.

He said DISCOVR WA and Park Explorers were providing people with glimpses of real WA holiday experiences.

"People will really appreciate the opportunity to experience what they can do and see before visiting a national park," he said.

"The DISCOVR WA app lets people immerse themselves in 3D imagery of national parks, providing virtual reality tours of a range of natural areas in the State."

The app focuses on new outstanding attractions including The Gap in Torndirrup National Park, the awe-inspiring Granite Skywalk in the Porongurup Range and the historical lighthouse and Lake Cave in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Users may navigate the State using a map and choose parks and sites where they will then be taken 'inside' stereoscopic 360 degree photos.

The Park Explorers is a new project, which encourages people to share their experiences in natural areas by recording them and posting them on social media channels.

The State Government is currently seeking interested social media users to become ‘Park Explorers’, with selected travellers being loaned video and photographic equipment to capture their moments on holidays, as well as itineraries, park passes and free access to campgrounds.

"What a fantastic way to encourage people to become advocates for parks, while spreading vision and images of all the amazing activities on offer in WA's natural areas," Mr Waldron said

Nationals WA candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said he was pleased Royalties for Regions was investing in innovative approaches to encourage people to get out in nature and enjoy the State's natural landscapes. Mr Rundle also highlighted the importance of developing regional tourism, which would help contribute to building vibrant regions with strong economies.

DISCOVR WA and Park Explorers are part of the Parks for People initiative. DISCOVR WA is available for download on Apple and Android smartphones.

To register your interest in becoming a Park Explorer, visit http://www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/parkexplorers

For media enquiries please contact

Terry Waldron on 9881 1225, E: terry.waldron@mp.wa.gov.au; or

Peter Rundle on 0418 959 810, E: peter.rundle@nationalswa.com