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

Country road scene near Dumbleyung
Location

Lake Dumbleyung

Attraction Dumbleyung

Contact:
+61 8 9863 4012
Address:
Wagin Road, Dumbleyung, 6350
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The picturesque Lake Dumbleyung was made famous in the 1960s when Donald Campbell broke the water speed record in his Bluebird boat travelling at a speed of 444.66 kilometres per hour.

Mount Stirling, located near Kelleberrin
Location

Mount Stirling

Attraction Kellerberrin

Contact:
+61 8 9041 1668
Address:
Kellerberrin - Yoting Road, Kellerberrin
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Mount Stirling is a giant granite outcrop which stands out imposingly amidst the central wheatbelt. If you get the chance to make it out to the eastern wheat and sheep towns to check out the wonderful spring wildflowers, make sure you make time to stretch your legs and climb Mount Stirling.

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.

Recherche Archipelago, Esperance
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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

Fishing at Culham Inlet, west of Hopetoun
Location

Culham Inlet

Attraction Hopetoun

Contact:
Mobile: 0400 499 267
Address:
via Marr Road, Hopetoun, 6348
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Culham Inlet, just west of Hopetoun, is a land locked estuary that offers exceptional fishing opportunities and picturesque lookouts.

Walga Rock, located near Cue
Location

Walga Rock

Attraction Cue

Contact:
+61 8 9963 1041
Address:
Cue Dalgaranga Road, Cue, 6640
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Walga Rock is a huge monolith, where you can see the largest gallery of Aboriginal rock paintings in Western Australia.

Reynoldson's Flora Reserve
Location

Reynoldson's Flora Reserve

Attraction Wongan Hills

Contact:
+61 8 9671 1973
Address:
Old Ballidu Road, Wongan Hills, 6603
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Reynoldson's Flora Reserve in Wongan Hills displays a stunning array of colour between October and December each year when the wildflowers are out in bloom.

Marshall Rock in Bencubbin
Location

Marshall Rock

Attraction Bencubbin

Contact:
+61 8 9041 1668
Address:
Bencubbin - Mukinbudin Road, Bencubbin, 6477
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Marshall Rock was discovered in 1836, and provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside including; Lake McDermott, Bencubbin, Welbungin and Wiacubbing Hill.

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