Western Australia National Parks

Western Australia is a vast State covering 250 million hectares of some of the most ancient landscapes you'll find anywhere in the world: rugged gorges, tropical reefs, towering forests, woodlands, white beaches and 12,500 kilometres of coastline.

 

Whether travelling the ancient and varied terrain of the Kimberley to the towering forests of the south-west, from the unique coral reefs off our coast to the endless red plains and dunes of our arid heartland, you'll find an amazing array of outdoor experiences and enjoyable holidays.

 

Armidale Settler's Common - The Common is 380 ha of Jarrah Forest on the edge of the Darling Scarp. It is home to hundreds of different wildflowers and is typical of the Jarrah/Marri forest.

 

Avon Valley National Park - From summer to winter, from north to south, and from high outcrops to deep river and stream valleys, the forests of Avon Valley National Park are constantly changing.

 

Beedelup National Park - Beedelup Falls are situated off Vasse Highway. They are set in beautiful forest surroundings, and feature a short walk crossing Beedelup Brook on a footbridge built from a Karri log.

 

Brockman National Park - The Pemberton area is famous for the beauty of its majestic karri forest. Brockman, Beedelup and Warren National Parks are good places to explore the cool, soft understorey which is typical of the karri forest. Brockman

 

Cape Arid National Park - Located 120km east of Esperance, it stretches over nearly 20 000ha of sandplains and heathlands.

 

Cape Leeuwin National Park - This park covers the Cape which is the land's end of the South West and the junction of the Indian and Southern Oceans.The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was named after the Dutch ship Leeuwin which passed this point in 1622.

 

Cape Le Grand National Park National Park - Wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks, and sweeping heathlands characterise Cape Le Grand National Park.

 

Cape Range National Park - Situated mostly On the west side of North West Cape, the Cape Range National Park is a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and 50 km of pristine beaches.

 

D'Entrecasteaux National Park National Park - Qualities of remoteness and pristine natural beauty are features of D'Entrecasteaux National Park (pronounced don-truh-cast-oh, with slight stress on the last syllable).

 

Dryandra State Forest - Dryandra State Forest covers 27,000 hectares on the western edge of the Central Southern Wheatbelt.

 

Drysdale River National Park National Park - Drysdale River National Park covers an area of 448 264 hectares in the far-north wilderness of Western Australia.

 

Fitzgerald River National Park - Covering 349 000ha, this Park has mountains, gorges, plains and 100km of spectacular coastline. With its surrounding areas, it has been designated by UNESCO as an international biosphere reserve, one of only two in Western Australia.

 

Francois Peron National Park National Park - Named after the French zoologist who accompanied the Nicolas Baudin scientific expedition to southern and western Australia in 1801, the Francois Peron National Park covers some 52,500 hectares at the northern extreme of the Peron Peninsula.

 

Frank Hann National Park - Located 150km north-east of Ravensthorpe. Represents a cross section of the heath flora of the inland sandplain.

 

Geikie Gorge National Park - The Geikie Gorge National Park, situated 16km from Fitzroy Crossing, covers an area of 3,136ha. This exquisite gorge has been formed by the Fitzroy River, which over the years has sliced through an ancient limestone barrier reef it is 14km long and approximately 30m high.

 

Gloucester National Park - The Gloucester Tree, in Gloucester National Park, is probably Western Australia's most famous karri tree.

 

Goldfields Woodlands National Park - The Goldfields Woodlands National Park straddles the Great Eastern Highway 60 km west of Coolgardie, running for another 40 km beside the road.

 

John Forrest National Park - This 1580ha park on the Darling Range escarpment consists of Jarrah forrests with marri, wandoo and blackboys.

 

Kalbarri National Park - Kalbarri National Park covers 183 004 hectares. The park is located on the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut magnificent red and white banded gorges for 80 kilometres, as it carves its way to the sea.

 

Karijini National Park - The Karijini National Park is renowned for its spectacular mountains, gorges, water- courses and plateaux, and is second only in size to the State's Rudall River National Park.

 

Kennedy Range National Park - Just north of Gascoyne Junction, in the harsh and unforgiving interior of the State's north-west, lie the spectacular sandstone battlements of the Kennedy Range.

 

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - Located off Naturaliste Terrace, out of Dunsborough, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Natural Park is home to Sugarloaf Rock, the impressive formation that dominates the coastline.

 

Lesueur National Park - The Mount Lesueur area's strikingly eroded laterite landscape was once dismissed as worthless scrubland, useless to farmers and pastoralists. But it has long been a mecca for botanists, and is now protected in the 26,987-hectare Lesueur National Park.

 

Millstream - Chichester National Park - In contrast to the Kariljini National Park, scenes in this Park vary from magnificent views over the coastal plain to the permanent river pools of Millstream.

 

Mirima National Park - This National Park covers an area of 1817ha and is adjacent to the Kununurra township. Often described as a mini Bungle Bungle, it is a rugged area of sandstone hills and valleys approximately 300 million years old.

 

MitchellRiver National Park - Mitchell River National Park is one of the Kimberley's two newest national parks. The park of 115,300 hectares lies in a remote part of the Kimberley and contains some of the region's scenic jewels.

 

Mount Augustus National Park - Mount Augustus, or Burringurrah as it is known by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people, is about 850 kilometres from Perth and midway between the Great Northern and North West Coastal highways.

 

Mt Frankland National Park - The 30,830-hectare Mount Frankland National Park has a rich array of forest birds, from eagles to colourful fairy wrens and robins. Short walks in any part of the park should reveal at least 20 species at any time of the year.

 

Nambung National Park - The Pinnacles which are located in this Park, are undoubtedly one of the State's most unique and interesting attractions. Thousands of limestone pillars, up to 4m tall, rise out of a stark landscape of yellow sand.

 

Neerabup National Park - As you travel north from Perth to Yanchep National Park you pass a long, thin, and seemingly ordinary, piece of Australian bush.

 

Ningaloo Marine Park - Offshore, the Ningaloo Reef stretches from north to south for 260km and protects a lagoon rich in marine life. Fantastic coral formations, rare starfish, Dugongs, Whale Sharks, playful Dolphins and giant Hump- Backed Whales are some of the fascinating marine life that inhabit the waters.

 

Porongurup National Park - Porongurup National Park covers 2,511 hectares. The name of the range is derived from the Aboriginal name Purringorep, which was recorded by Captain Wakefield, who led the first expedition to the range.

 

Purnululy National Park - (Bungle Bungle) - This 3000 square km National Park is hailed as one of Australia s greatest natural wonders.

 

RudallRiver National Park - At 1,283,706 hectares, the Rudall River National Park is the largest national park in Western Australia and one of the largest in the world.

 

Serpentine National Park - Serpentine National Park, best known for the waterfall that cascades over a sheer granite face, abounds with the scenic beauty of ancient landforms and verdant forest.

 

Shannon National Park - Shannon National Park is set in some of the most magnificent karri country in Western Australia's southern forest. The park covers the entire basin of the Shannon River, from its headwaters to the Southern Ocean.

 

Stirling Range National Park - Named after the first Governor of Western Australia, Captain James Stirling, the Park covers 115 671ha. There are many tracks providing easy access to wildlife and flowers.

 

Stockyard Gully National Park - Named after one of the stopping places used by drovers on the North Road Stock Route located north east of Lurien via Cockleshell Gully Road.

 

Stokes National Park - Located 80km west of Esperance, this National Park encompasses 10 000ha surrounding Stokes Inlet and features long beaches and rocky headlands backed by sand dunes and low hills.

 

The Torndirrup National Park - At Torndirrup National Park, the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity.

 

Tuart Forest National Park - The narrow strip of tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) forest that links Capel and Busselton is one of the special places of the South-West.

 

Tunnel Creek National Park - Western Australia's oldest cave system, in Tunnel Creek National Park, is famous as a hideout used late last century by an Aboriginal leader known as Jandamarra. He was killed outside its entrance in 1897.

 

Two Peoples Bay National Park - Like Waychinicup National Park, Two Peoples Bay boasts unspoilt coastal scenery and is a vital area for threatened animal species.

 

Walpole-Nornalup National Park - Walpole-Nornalup National Park occupies a unique high-rainfall corner of Western Australia. It contains nearly 20,000 hectares of diverse vegetation and landforms, from towering karri and tingle forests to coastal heath and wetlands.

 

Walyunga National Park - Walyunga National Park lies in the Darling Range, just behind the Darling Scarp, and covers both sides of a steep valley. Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River.

 

Warren National Park - Some of the best accessible virgin Karri forest, and the biggest (89m) of the Karri trees, can be found here.

 

Watheroo National Park - Situated 50km north of Moora the park is accessible from all directions by good gravel roads.

 

Waychinicup National Park - As well as boasting unspoilt coastal scenery, Waychinicup National Park, near Albany, is a vital areas for threatened animal species. In places, deeply incised gullies run down to the sea from bare rock exposures and boulder-strewn hilltops.

 

Wellington National Park - If you enjoy spending your summer days lazing by flowing rivers, relaxing on balmy summer evenings or recreating beside the tranquil waters of a lake or river, then Wellington National Park is for you.

 

William Bay National Park - About 14km west of Denmark on South Coast Highway, turn left and proceed about 4km then turn right to the parking area.

 

The Windjana Gorge National Park - The Windjana Gorge National Park,, covering an area of 2,134ha, consists of a 3.5km long gorge formed by the Lennard River, which snakes its way through an ancient limestone reef, approximately 350 million years old.

 

Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park - 130km south of Halls Creek on the Tanami Road, is Wollfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park, covering an area of 1 460 ha.

 

Yalgorup National Park - Yalgorup National Park lies on the western edge of the Swan Coastal Plain just south of the new Dawesville Channel near Mandurah. The name Yalgorup is derived from two Nyoongar Aboriginal words; Yalgor, meaning 'a swamp or lake', and up, a suffix meaning 'a place'.

 

Yanchep National Park - Set in 2842ha of bushland you can discover wetlands, woodlands and caves and experience the rich cultural heritage.

 

 

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