Discovering Western Australia’s 13 marine parks will be plain sailing with the release of the Explore Marine Parks WA mobile app for iPhones and iPads.
Department of Parks and Wildlife senior projects officer Carolyn Thomson-Dans said the app, created by Parks and Wildlife with the support of Department of Fisheries and Exxon Mobil Australia, would enhance the enjoyment of visitors by providing information on the full range of activities in these areas, including fishing.
“This will make it easier for people to plan their visits to Western Australia’s magnificent marine parks, from the remote Lalang-Garram / Camden Sound in the Kimberley, to Walpole and Nornalup Inlets in the south,” Ms Thomson-Dans said.
“The app contains comprehensive information about each marine park, along with 72 common marine wildlife species and species of conservation significance such as whales, reptiles and fish.
“Importantly, all the data is downloaded to your phone, allowing people to access park information at any time. For example, the app has a ‘where am I?’ function so park users can see which marine park zone they are in and what activities they can enjoy in each particular area, even when offline or out of mobile phone range.”
Ms Thomson-Dans said the increasing use of smartphones by tourists and park users prompted the development of the Explore Marine Parks WA mobile app.
“This is an excellent tool promoting the diversity of recreational experiences in our parks and it provides practical information about how to contact each park, how to get there and how to stay safe during visits,” she said.
“The app will also educate visitors on appropriate behaviour in marine parks by providing the best possible information on park zones and permitted activities.”
The app is only available for iPhone and iPad at the moment (App Store ‘Marine Parks WA’) and the Android version is being developed. The app is 370MB and has its own inbuilt maps for when you are out of range of either a wifi or mobile data access.
Explore Marine Parks WA is the eighth app to be produced by Parks and Wildlife, with others including cane toad identification, Noongar culture and WA trails.
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