National parks and reserves

Australia's Golden Outback national parks and reserves contain a dazzling diversity of plants and wildflowers, native animals and breathtaking landscapes. This should come as no surprise when you learn that the region covers 54 per cent of the entire State.

The sand plains, eucalypt forests, freshwater swamps and salt lakes that make up the outback national parks and reserves of the Goldfields region are rich in plant and animal life. Here, tiny, fragile looking marsupials hide in the undergrowth, bush birds flit through the branches and water birds migrate for miles to reach the wetlands and waterways.

Within the national parks of Esperance and the south coast, you can stand on the edge of granite cliffs overlooking miles of brilliant white beaches and an ocean of dazzling blues. Behind you, acres of natural bushland boast an incredible array of native animals, birds and plants.

In the harsh yet spectacularly beautiful landscapes of the Gascoyne-Murchison, vast plains give way to the towering landforms of Mt Augustus and the Kennedy Range. Well known for their ever-changing colours, both national parks also boast spectacular wildflowers from June to September.

Deep in the heart of the Wheatbelt you’ll find the unique Dryandra Woodland, a prime location for viewing some of Western Australia’s most weird and wonderful bird and animal life. Look out for the rare malleefowl, possums, wallabies and kangaroos and threatened species such as the western barred bandicoots, banded hare-wallabies, boodies, bilbies and rufus hare-wallabies.

Help preserve this pristine environment for future generations and follow the principles of Leave no Trace. Entry fees apply in some parks and passes are available that provide unlimited entry to all of them for either four weeks or twelve months.  Passes can be purchased online from the the Department of Parks and Wildlife website, at most Department of Parks and Wildlife offices and some visitor centres.

For more information about Australia's Golden Outback national parks and reserves, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.

 
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Wave Rock Wildlife Park

Attraction Hyden

Contact:
+61 8 9880 5182
Address:
c/- Wildflower Shoppe, Wave Rock Road, Hyden, 6359
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Wave Rock Wildlife Park allows visitors to experience Australian native wildlife up close.Three hectares of natural bushland creates a beautiful haven for the native and exotic animals

Eco Trails Walks in the Shire of Moora
Location

Eco Trails Walks in the Shire of Moora

Attraction Moora

Contact:
+61 8 9651 0000
Address:
via Moora, WA 6510
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Shire of Moora features a wonderful array of remnant native vegetation amongst the Wheatbelt arable landscape. When visiting the area, you can undertake a number of walk trails and wildflower drives suiting all ages, fitness levels and interests.

Twilight Bay, located near Esperance
Location

Twilight Bay

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9083 1555
Address:
Twilight Beach Road, Esperance, 6450
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The beaches of Esperance are rated among the best in the world - and Twilight Bay is one of the towns most loved.Here, impossibly white sand meets unbelievably clear turquoise water

Coastal scenery looking west across Quoin Head
Location

Hopetoun Beaches

Attraction Hopetoun

Contact:
Mobile: 0400 499 267
Address:
via Esplanade, Hopetoun, 6348
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The secluded beaches of Hopetoun on Western Australia's far south coast are among the most pristine and untouched in the country.Here, it's easy to find an entire stretch of coastline all to yourself

Lake Hillier with its colourful pink lake, situated on Middle Island
Location

Lake Hillier

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9083 1555
Address:
Middle Island, Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, via Cape Arid, WA 6452
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Picture a pink lake of the brightest bubblegum-pink sitting beside the deepest blue ocean. Lake Hillier's pink lake is one of the extraordinary sights you'll see flying or cruising.

Couple at sunset near Mount Augustus
Location

Mount Augustus

Attraction Gascoyne Junction

Contact:
+61 8 9175 2888
Address:
Via Mount Augustus Road, Gascoyne Junction, 6705
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Massive Mount Augustus in the central Western Australian outback abounds with Aboriginal history, rock art and wildlife and is known as Burringurrah by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people

Mount Matilda, Wongan Hills
Location

Mount Matilda

Attraction Wongan Hills

Contact:
+61 8 9671 1973
Address:
Waddington Road, Wongan Hills, 6603
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Mount Matilda near Wongan Hills offers a spectacular interpretive flora walk to its peak. Choose between the two hour Mount Matilda Walk suitable for all levels of fitness

Signage for the Dundas Coach Road Heritage Trail
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Dundas Rocks and Lone Grave

Attraction Norseman

Contact:
+61 8 9039 1071
Address:
via Coolgardie Esperance Highway, Norseman, 6443
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A visit to Norseman in the Western Australia's southeast presents an opportunity to see the 550 million year old Dundas Rocks, and check out the mystifying Lone Grave.

Quairading Community Nature Reserve
Location

Quairading Community Nature Reserve

Attraction Quairading

Contact:
+61 8 9645 1001
Address:
Quairading - York Road, 1.5kms west of the Quairading townsite
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The Quairading Community Nature Reserve covers 527 hectares of unique remnant vegetation that includes a diverse mixture of woodland forests and native shrubland.

London Bridge
Location

London Bridge

Attraction Sandstone

Contact:
+61 8 9963 5802
Address:
The Detour, Sandstone, 6639
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The Sandstone area has countless natural rock formations or 'breakaways' which contrast dramatically with the rust stained landscapes and believed to be 350 million years old

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