Australia National Parks

Western Australia
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Bungle Bungle
110 mi/1 77 km south of Kununurra.
Features beehive shaped sandstone dunes. Activities: air tours and bushwalking. Best time to visit: June - August

Cape Arid
510 mi/821 km south east of Perth.

Features coastal scenery. Activities: bushwalking, fishing, picnicking, and swimming. Best time to visit: September - March.

Cape Le Grand
460 mi/740 km south-east of Perth.
Features coastal scenery, beaches, and honey possums. Activities: boating, bushwalking, camping, picnicking, swimming. Disabled facilities. Best time to visit: September - May.

Cape Range
12 mi/20 km south of Exmouth.

Features limestone range adjoining Ningaloo Reef. Activities: birdwatching, camping, diving, fishing and swimming. Best time to visit: May - September.

Fitzgerald River
112 mi/1 80 km north-east of Albany.
Features coastal scenery, river gorges, wildflowers and fauna. Activities: bushwalking, camping, fishing and swimming. Best time to visit: September - April.

Geikie Gorge
161 mi/260 km west of Derby.
Features rugged coloured cliffs, caves at water level and protected crocodiles. Activities: boating, bushwalking, camping, picnicking and swimming. Best time to visit: May - November.

Hamersley Range
155 mi/250 km south of Port Hedland.

Features river gorges, rugged ranges, and tall trees. Activities: bushwalking, camping, and swimming. Best time to visit: April - September.

Kalbarri
370 mi/595 km north of Perth.

Features wildflowers Sep-Nov. Activities: camping, canoeing, fishing and swimming. Best time to visit: May - November.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste
158 mi/254 km south of Perth.

Features coastal scenery, limestone caves, and Karri forests. Activities: boating, bushwalking, camping, fishing and swimming. Best time to visit: September - April.

Millstream-Chichester
124 mi/200 km south-west of Port Hedland.
Features arid Pilbara and oasis at Millstream. Activities: birdwatching, boating and camping. Best time to visit: April - October.

Nambung
151 mi/244 km north of Perth.
Features the Pinnacles - limestone pillars, part of an petrified ancient forest, in the desert landscape. Activities: fishing and swimming. Best time to visit: All year round.

Porongorup Range
25 mi/40 km north of Albany.
Features Karri forest and granite peaks. Activities: bushwalking, climbing, and picnicking. Best time to visit: All year round.

Stirling Range
50 mi/80 km south-east of Albany.

Features a botanical reserve and wildflowers Sep-Nov. Activities: bushwalking, camping, climbing, picnicking. Disabled facilities. Best time to visit: All year round.

Torndirrup
3 mi/5 km south-west of Albany.

Features coastal scenery, beaches and wildflowers.Activities: boating, fishing, and swimming. Best time to visit: September - May.

Walpole-Nornalup
70 mi/1 13 km west of Albany.

Features coastal scenery and Karri and Jarrah forests. Activities: boating, bushwalking, camping, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. Best time to visit: September - March

Yalgorup
80 mi/1 29 km south of Perth.

Features sand dunes and beaches. Activities: birdwatching, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Best time to visit: June - December

Yanchep
31 mi/50 km north of Perth.

Features limestone caves, wetlands, woodlands, flora and fauna. Activities: bushwalking, camping, cave tours, fishing, golfing, surfing, swimming, and tennis. Disabled facilities. Best time to visit: All year round.

Noteworthy Western Australia Coastal Areas
(not necessarily National Parks)

Shark Bay World Heritage Site
700km (420 mi) north of Perth
Best known for its bottlenose dolphins, Shark Bay is also special to geologists and biologists as a meeting point of three major climatic regions and two botanical provinces. It is home to 10,000 dugongs, a large herbivorous marine mammal, green and loggerhead turtles, manta rays, whales, and several shark species. Best time to visit: May to October.

More on Shark Bay


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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