Fitzgerald River National Park

This Park is one of the largest in Western Australia covering some 330,000 hectares.

In 1978 it was designated as a Biosphere by UNESCO, one of only two parks in W.A., and it is renowned for being one of the most biologically diverse National Parks in the world. The park is a nature lover’s delight with 209 documented species of birds, as well as wallabies, tammars, honey and ring tailed possums, kangaroos, emus, dibblers and dozens of reptile species. Much of the wildlife is nocturnal and more than a few species are considered to be endangered.

The park also boasts more than 1800 species of wildflowers including 81 orchids, about half the named species in WA, 70 of which occur nowhere else in the world. Also many plant species such as the amazing Royal Hakea, the Qualup Bell and the Weeping Gum are found almost exclusively in the Park and during wildflower season the whole area is visual feast of colour and variety that must be seen to be believed.

The bitumen sealed Hamersley Drive is the entrance to the park from Hopetoun and leads you on a drive right through the centre of the Park to the Hamersley inlet. This is an all weather bitumen road that is open all year. Much of the rugged mountain scenery, the river valleys and pristine coastline are accessible by 2WD tracks, though conditions can vary. Numerous 4WD tracks are available to the more adventurous, but it is best to check with the rangers before tackling these as the gravel roads can sometimes be closed during wet weather. The interior of the park with its rugged wilderness is accessible via numerous well defined walk trails – brochures and information on the walk trails are available from the motel and the Hopetoun visitors centre directly opposite the motel. Once again always check with the rangers about conditions and let the motel staff know where you intend to go and when you will be back. The rangers can be contacted on (08) 9838 3060 or (08) 9835 5043. 

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