Five Best Parks in Western Australia

Best Parks in Western Australia

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There are many parks you can visit during your tour in Western Australia and they will sure mesmerize you. These parks are among the best in Western Australia

Nambung National Park

It is a national park in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 200 km northwest of Perth, Australia and 17 km south of the coastal town of Cervantes. Apart from the Pinnacles Desert, the park is also known for its beautiful beaches at Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay, coastal dune systems and low heathland rich in flowering plants. 

Custodians 

Yued people are recognised and acknowledged as the traditional custodians of the park. 

Thrombolites

At the park’s northern end near the town of Cervantes, there is a loop trail and boardwalk at Lake Thetis where you can see some fascinating thrombolites (rock-like structures similar to stromatolites built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see).

Best Season to visit

The best season to visit the park is during September and October, when the wildflowers are blooming and vistas of wattles stretch from horizon to horizon, but in fine weather the park is interesting year-round. It makes a great day trip from Perth.

Accommodation

There are no camping areas in Nambung National Park but a full range of accommodation and other services are available in the nearby town of Cervantes.

More Info: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/nambung

Yanchep National Park

Yanchep National Park is north of Perth, in Western Australia. Its bushland and wetland are home to western gray kangaroos and rich birdlife. Trails include a raised boardwalk among trees inhabited by koalas. One of many caves in the park, Crystal Cave is an underground limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites. 

Western grey Kangaroos.

Yanchep National Park is home to western grey kangaroos  and can be seen in abundance early and late in the day. At other times they rest in shady areas. 

Walk Trails

The park has nine walk trails designed to suit a all age groups ranging from short trails of 500 m to challenging trails up to 46.2km. Each trail has been selected to showcase the unique biodiversity of the northern Swan Coastal Plain.  

Caves

More than 400 caves have been recorded in the park, and there are many ways you can enjoy them. Crystal Cave, Adventure Caving, Cabaret Cave each offer contrasting experiences.

More Info: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/yanchep

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park spanning across 627,422 hectares is  Western Australia’s second largest national park. The park’s north, Oxer Lookout has views of the Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre gorges. At the edge of Weano Gorge, a trail leads to Handrail Pool. To the east are the red rocks of Dales Gorge and the cascades of Fortescue Falls. Indigenous wildlife includes Australian goshawks, ring-tailed dragons and d 

Custodians

 Banjima, Innawongka and Eastern Guruma people are the traditional custodians of the park.Karijini National Park.esert tree frogs.

Best time to visit the park

The best times to visit the park are late autumn, winter and early spring. The Karijini Visitor Centre is just off Banjima Drive and is open in season from 9am to 4pm daily. It is closed from early December to early February each year.

Gorges

There are many beautiful gorges and sites to visit in Karijini National Park, but be sure to include Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Weano Gorge and Oxers Lookout.

Aboriginal People

The park is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people. 

Plants and Animals

Wildflowers vary with the seasons while Karijini is home to a variety of birds, red kangaroos and euros, rock-wallabies, echidnas and several bat species. Geckos, goannas, dragons, legless lizards, pythons and other snakes are abundant. Dingoes are common around the Dales campground. 

Termite Mounds

Look for large, striking termite mounds scattered throughout the hummock grasslands. Look out also for mounds of pebbles built by the Western Pebble-mound mouse but please do not disturb them.

More Info: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/karijini

Purnululu National Park

The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The 239,723-hectare national park is located approximately 300 kilometres south of Kununurra, with Halls Creek located to the south.

Bungle Bungle range 

It is a beautiful sight from an aircraft with orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds, encased in a skin of silica and algae,  and are clearly visible as you approach from the south. As you sweep further over the range a hidden world of gorges and pools are revealed, with fan palms clinging to walls and crevices in the rocks.

Attractions 

Among the attractions are the sheer grandeur of the sandstone massif, watching it change to a golden colour late in the day, walking through some of the marvelous gorges, and for the really well-prepared, a walk along Piccaninny Creek for an overnight camping experience. Other walks include the Echidna Chasm Walk, Mini Palms Walk, the walk to Kungkalanayi Lookout, Cathedral Gorge, the Domes Walk, Homestead Gorge, Piccaninny Creek Lookout, Whip Snake Gorge and the Northern Escarpment Walk.

Essentials

Visitors must carry in all water, food, fuel and other supplies.

Access 

Access is only for for high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles with low-range gears, and single-axle high-clearance camper trailers and caravans only. 60km from Great Northern Highway via unsealed Spring Creek Track (approximatley 2 hours, pending road conditions).

More Info: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/purnululu

Cape Range National Park

Cape Range National Park is situated 1,105 kilometres north of Perth. The park occupies the western side of the North West Cape peninsula over an area of 47,655 hectares. The nearest town is Exmouth. Directly off the coast is the Ningaloo Reef. The park has beautiful rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers  adjoining one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world.

Highlight

A highlight to any Cape Range experience is a trip to Yardie Creek, which flows between sheer cliffs. Guided boat tours are available for visitors to enjoy the tranquillity of the gorge and view the wildlife in its natural setting.

Water

From the foot of the range, a narrow coastal plain extends to the magnificent beaches, waters and coral gardens of Ningaloo Marine Park. Turquoise Bay is made famous for its crystal clear waters, turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. Swimming and snorkelling sites can be accessed from the shore, however, strong currents mean inexperienced swimmers should be accompanied by an experienced swimmer or licenced tour operator.

Camping grounds

The eleven campgrounds along the Cape Range coast are in demand from April to October.

Wildlife

Euros, wallabies, emus and perenties are regularly encountered and the threatened black-footed rock-wallaby can be frequently spotted on the cliffs at Yardie Creek Gorge, which you can also view from the Yardie Creek Boat Tour. The Mangrove Bay Bird Hide is a great place to see shorebirds, mangrove fantails, mangrove whistlers and yellow white eyes.

Temperature

Temperatures can soar to over 50°C in summer. Walks should only be attempted between April and September. Wear suitable footwear and clothing and carry plenty of water.

Access

The access road through the park is sealed, with two-wheel-drive access to camp and day use sites. A four-wheel-drive is needed to cross Yardie Creek. Conditions change quickly with rain and access may become restricted.

More Info: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/cape-range

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