Wildlife and Walk Trails
An abundance of birds of varying species, both rare and common and too many to mention, abound on the open sea shorelines, on and around the inlets, estuaries, swamps, river valleys, sand plains, mallee scrub, woodlands and open sky. Primarily, their habitat is where they find food and most places are easily accessible for bird watching by 2WD. Migrating whales can be easily seen during June to October from many vantage points along the coast, a popular look out point being Point Ann.
Walk trails located within the Fitzgerald River National Park
MAMANG Walk Trail (31 Km Return)
Mamang comes from the Aboriginal name for whale. The name is very fitting as the trail begins at Point Ann (popular whale spotting site) and stretches 15.5 km along the coast of the Fitzgerald River National Park to Point Charles. Get amongst the unique flora and fauna on this trail, watch the Southern Right Whales nurse their newborn calves close to shore (between July and October) and take in the breathtaking viewpoints of the entire coastline from Doubtful Islands in Bremer Bay to East Mt Barren.
HAKEA Walk Trail
Named after the iconic wildflower – the Royal Hakea- a spectacular and rugged walk trail, it begins at the Cave Point car park and finishes 23km to the West near Quoin Head. There are beach sections of the trail that may be affected by high tide so be sure to check conditions prior to commencing.
East Mt Barren – Climb
The walk to the summit of East Mt Barren features stunning views over the central park and eastern Eyre Range, the Culham Inlet to Hopetoun, and beyond to Esperance. Allow 2-3 hrs. 2.6 km return, moderate difficulty.
Hopetoun Ravensthorpe – Railway Heritage Walk Trail
The railway was established in 1909 for use in the gold rush in the Phillips River Goldfield, transporting products from Ravensthorpe to the port at Mary Ann Haven (later Hopetoun). By 1914 mining had dropped off in the region, however the railway was still used for farming up until 1935 to carry wheat to the port. The trail is broken into sections, and in some, relics of the railway still remain, enjoy exploring a trail rich in wildflowers, natural beauty and history.
Ravensthorpe to Desmond 16 KM 3 – 4 Hours
Desmond to Kundip 9 KM 3 – 4 Hours
Kundip to Lee Creek 13 KM 5 – 6 Hours
Kundip Figure of Eight 5 KM 1 – 2 Hours
Hopetoun Trailhead Loop 14 KM 3 – 4 Hours
To find brochures specific to each trail please visit the Visitor Centres in Ravensthorpe or Hopetoun. Please only attempt the trails if you have experience in bushwalking, moderate fitness, sturdy boots, appropriate clothing and plenty of water.
Take nothing away but your memories (and some happy snaps) leave nothing behind but your footprints.