Fitzgerald River National Park
Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the larger national parks in Western Australia. It has 330,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness located on one of the most magnificent stretches of Australian coast.
The park is one of the most flora and fauna rich conservation areas in Western Australia, recognized globally for the natural diversity. Approximately 20 % of the state’s described plant species, 22 mammal species, 41 reptile species, and more than 200 bird species, including rare species such as the ground parrot, western whip bird and the western bristle bird; more species of animals live in this park than any other reserve in South Western Australia, a nature enthusiasts play ground!
In June 2017 the park retained international significance as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) approved the park as a Biosphere Reserve. This global recognition ensures the reserve will be managed and taken care of in a sustainable manner, in collaboration with the community.
Much of the rugged scenery and pristine coastline is accessible via 2WD, due to the 40 million dollar upgrade completed in June 2014. New facilities include picnic areas, viewing platforms and walk trails to Barrens Beach, Barrens Lookout, Four Mile Beach, East Hamersley Inlet and Cave Point. Thecentral wilderness area is only accessible on foot.
“The Cave Point viewing platform is a must to experience and offers a fantastic vantage point for whale watching!
All unsealed roads & 4WD tracks are closed in wet weather, road condition reports can be found on the Fitzgerald Coast and Shire of Ravensthorpe Facebook page, or feel free to check with the Ravensthorpe Office 98381967 or Fitzgerald Coast Tourism Association 0400 499 267 Park Ranger- 98383060 Parks and Wildlife Service. Parks and Wildlife Service website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/fitzgerald-river.
IMPORTANT DIEBACK INFORMATION
Dieback is caused by a pathogen, known as Phytophthora cinnamomi, which is lethal to hundreds of plant species. This disease kills plants by destroying their root systems, and threatens many of the park’s plant species.The climate of the south coast favours the spread of dieback, which thrives in warm, moist soil and can easily be spread in mud or soil that adheres to vehicle tyres or bush walkers’ footwear. It is therefore sometimes necessary to close roads and tracks. FRNP is one of the parks least infected by dieback in southwestern Australia. With your help it has a chance of remaining so. Bush walkers can help by cleaning mud and soil from their boots before entering a park or reserve, or at the boot-cleaning stations provided at trailhead sites in the park. When driving in the park, it is essential to keep to established roads and tracks and obey all ‘ROAD CLOSED’ signs. By washing the tyres and under-body of your car before and after a trip to a park or reserve, you can help preserve WA’s natural areas. Carwash available in Hopetoun.