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

Cape Le Grand National Park
Location

Cape Le Grand National Park

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9219 9000
Address:
via Cape Le Grand Road, Esperance, 6450
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There aren't too many places in Australia where kangaroos sunbake on the beach, but at Cape Le Grand National Park this is just one of the many natural highs on offer.

Cape Arid National Park
Location

Cape Arid National Park

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9219 9000
Address:
via Fisheries Road, Esperance, 6450
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For four wheel driving along vast white beaches, camping out under a star-filled sky, colourful wildflowers, whale watching and swimming at secluded bays

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

Rural ruins, south of Ravensthorpe
Location

Ravensthorpe Range

Attraction Ravensthorpe

Contact:
Mobile: 0400 499 267
Address:
via Moir Road, Ravensthorpe, 6346
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The Ravensthorpe Range lies to the north and east of the Fitzgerald River National Park in the far south of Western Australia. Take the opportunity to explore the outstanding natural beauty

View from Observatory Point
Location

Observatory Point and Lookout

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9083 1555
Address:
Twilight Beach Road, Esperance, 6450
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Observatory Point and Lookout offer magnificent views across the coastline of Cape Le Grand National Park. Examine the memorial placed at the lookout commemorating the explorers who took shelter there.

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

Stokes Inlet, located in the Stokes National Park
Location

Stokes National Park

Attraction Esperance

Contact:
+61 8 9083 1555
Address:
via Stokes Inlet Road, Esperance WA 6450
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Stokes National Park covers an area of 10,667 hectares, excluding 16.19 hectares for preservation of a historic homestead - Moir Homestead.

Couple in yellow wildflowers
Location

Canna Reserve

Attraction Canna

Contact:
+61 8 9971 1204
Address:
via Canna North East Road, Canna, 6627
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A spectacular display of wildflowers will greet you as you enter the Canna Reserve between July and November. Wander down one of the numerous walk trails to view the vibrant exhibition of colour.

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