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Coalseam Conservation Park

Treasured for its annual display of everlastings, Coalseam Conservation Park is carpeted in pink, white and yellow blooms after winter rains.

Details

  • Park Entry Fees:No
  • Feature:Barbecue,Info Shelter,Toilet,Lookout / Deck
  • Activity:Bush Walking

Description

A small reserve north of Mingenew, Coalseam Conservation Park is rich in history and geology. It is the site of the first mined coal deposit in Western Australia, and exposed bands of coal seams can still be seen, along with the siltstones, claystones and sandstones that stripe the cliff faces and reveal 250 million years of geological history. Due to its rugged topography, Coalseam Conservation Park has remained uncleared and is now a pocket of wilderness in the surrounding open farmland. Take in the views of the valley above the Irwin River at the Irwin Lookout.

Fossils

Marine fossils embedded in the banks of the Irwin River provide evidence of an earlier time in the history of Coalseam Conservation Park, when it was covered by a Permian sea. These beautifully preserved marine creatures can be best seen in the cliff face upstream of the Riverbend Picnic Area. If you go looking for these fossils please leave them where you find them for others to enjoy.

Wildflowers

Coalseam Conservation Park is best known for its annual display of wildflowers, which come in a wide range of annuals and perennials due to the park’s diverse habitat range and location between sandplain and arid country.

Camping

Camping for both caravans and tents is permitted at Miners with overflow camping at Breakaway. Be prepared for crowded conditions during weekends in the wildflower season, and the limit of a three-night stay between late July and October. Campground hosts are on-site during peak periods.

Camping fees apply. Camp sites can not be pre-booked.

Bushwalking

The 3.2km Plateau Loop Trail begins at Miners campground, meanders through a rare eucalypt woodland leading to a plateau ridge with sweeping valley views. For more information visit TrailsWA.

Your safety

It’s great to escape everyday life and visit a park or reserve in WA. It is also important to us that you return safely to your family and friends.

Always remember it is really important to plan when to visit. Read this safety information about bushwalking. Consider traveling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!

Two old coal mineshafts can still be found on the Irwin River. Obey signs warning not to approach them too closely.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted in the park as consideration for the rights of other park users, and to protect native animals. Please click here for further information.

Getting there

Coalseam Conservation Park is approximately 30 minutes drive from Mingenew on the unsealed Coalseam Road.

The road is suitable for all vehicles, however, the Shire of Mingenew closes the road when heavy rainfall makes it unsafe. For road condition information, contact the Shire of Mingenew.

This information was provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: dpaw.wa.gov.au

Related

Riverbend
Miners Campground
Irwin Lookout
Fossil Picnic Area
Breakaway Campground

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