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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Eco Trails Walks in the Shire of Moora
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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.

Observe Koalas at Wave Rock Wildlife Park
Disabled Access Location Children Allowed

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

Christmas Rock Walk, Wongan Hills
Location

Christmas Rock Walk

Attraction Wongan Hills

Contact:
+61 8 9761 1973
Address:
Wandoo Crescent, Wongan Hills, 6603
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The Christmas Rock Walk Trail is a scenic nature trail through the bushland and beautiful wildflowers just outside of Wongan Hills.

Recherche Archipelago, Esperance
Disabled Access Location Children Allowed

Archipelago of the Recherche

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9083 1555
Address:
via Twighlight Beach Road, Esperance, 6450
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Nearly 100 untouched islands make up the stunning Archipelago of the Recherche off the coast of Esperance in the remote south east of Western Australia. Here, you can see amazing wildlife

Signage for the Dundas Coach Road Heritage Trail
Location

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.

Wagin's Giant Ram
Disabled Access Location

Giant Ram Tourist Park

Attraction Wagin

Contact:
+61 8 9861 1177
Address:
Kitchener Street, Wagin, 6315
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If you enjoy checking out all things `big' you must visit the Giant Ram Tourist Park in Wagin. The Big Ram (also known as the Giant Ram) is the second largest in the southern hemisphere.

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

Amazing Wave Rock
Location

Wave Rock

Attraction Hyden

Contact:
+61 8 9880 5022
Address:
Wave Rock Road, Hyden, 6359
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Wave Rock, near the wheatbelt town of Hyden, is one of Australia's most recognisable landforms.Rising 15 metres from the ground and more than 100 metres long, Wave Rock looks like a giant surf wave

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

Dingo Rock, near Wongan Hills
Location

Dingo Rock

Attraction Wongan Hills

Contact:
+61 8 9671 1973
Address:
Manmanning Road, Wongan Hills, 6603
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Dingo Rock is a fascinating historical site located within a fauna reserve just outside of Wongan Hills.

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