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Alexander Morrison National Park

Explore the incredible diversity of endemic wildflowers at Alexander Morrison National Park.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Named after Alexander Morrison (1849-1913) who was the first official Western Australian government botanist in the Bureau of Agriculture between 1897-1906, it was declared a National Park in 1970. 

Note that there are no facilities in the park. 

Aug - Nov is best for wildflowers. 

Image credit: http://wildflowercountry.com.au

Baxter Cliffs and Nuytsland Nature Reserve

Located south-west of Cocklebiddy in the Nullabor on a tough 4WD track.

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  • Activities:Walking,4WDing
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Beacon Hill Lookout

360 degree views of the town of Norseman and its surrounds.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Burra Rocks

Constructed in the late 1890s and the dammed rock is now a nature reserve with water all year round. Situated 55km south of Coolgardie.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

The Woodline Dam was built to supply water to vehicles that hauled timber to the mine sites. It is now a popular place to have a picnic lunch and go camping.

Caiguna Blowhole

Situated 10km off the Highway and 5km west of Caiguna. They blow air through the rocks .

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Points of Interest

Description

Cape Arid National Park

Cape Arid National Park, 120km east of Esperance, protects nearly 280 000 ha of sand plains and heathlands vegetation communities, but is perhaps best known for its stunningly beautiful beaches, clear blue seas and rocky headlands.

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  • Activities:Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Low granite hills extend inland, and in the northern part of the park the Russell Range rises to its highest peak at Mt Ragged (594 m). Together with the Nuytsland Nature Reserve to the east, Cape Arid National Park forms a continuous area of nature conservation almost to the South Australian border.

 

Cape Le Grand National Park

Cape Le Grand National Park, 60 km east of Esperance by sealed road, features attractive bays with white sandy beaches set between rocky headlands.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Inland, the Park protects an undulating heath-covered sand plain interspersed with swamps and freshwater pools. In the south-west corner of the Park massive rock outcrops of granite and gneiss form an impressive chain of peaks including Mt Le Grand (345 m, Frenchman Peak (262 m) and Mississippi Hill (180 m).

 

Dundas Rocks

The huge boulders and rock formations date back to 2895 years ago. Situated 22 km south of Norseman. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities

Description

Gnarlbine Rock/Hunts Well

Located 30 km south-west of Coolgardie, this water catchment area was one of the few watering spots for the early prospectors.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Points of Interest

Description

Hammond Park

Miniature Bavarian style castle (built from local gemstones) surrounded by Flora and fauna reserve features parklands and aviaries full of native animals.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Includes BBQ and picnic area for lunch.

Holleton

Approximately 80km east of Narembeen lies the old gold mining townsite of Holleton. For the traveller who enjoys a little nostalgia or history, this is a site for you.

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Description

However, extreme caution should be taken as the numerous mines could be dangerous.

Karlkurla Bushland Park

The Karlkurla Bushland Park comprises of 200 hectares of natural regrowth bushland, along with over 2,000 trees and shrubs planted by community volunteers back in 2000.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

"Kulgooluh/Karlkurla" - is the name for the native silky pear.

The Karlkurla Bushland Park comprises of 200 hectares of natural regrowth bushland, along with over 2,000 trees and shrubs planted by community volunteers back in 2000. ‘Karlkurla’ (pronounced gull-gurl-la), is the local Aboriginal word for the Silky Pear, one of the many native bushes, trees and small plants that can now be enjoyed while strolling along the park’s 4km walking trail.

Kennedy Range National Park

The beautiful gorges and red rock landscape of Kennedy Range National Park are about a two hour drive east of Carnarvon, or 1 hour from Gascoyne Junction.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:4WDing,Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

Perfect for a four-wheel-drive adventure, Kennedy Range National Park is the place to go camping under a star-filled night sky. Here, you're surrounded by pristine wilderness. Go bushwalking and explore gorges and sandstone cliffs, see native animals and birds, and look out over the vast plains of pastoral leases.

Rising up to 100 metres above the valley, the Kennedy Range plateau has dominated the surrounding plains for millions of years. With red sand dunes, spinifex, wattle and mallee trees scattered throughout the area, this is what the Aussie outback is all about.

A variety of bushwalking trails run from the eastern side day-use sites and camping area, and take you into gorges where you'll see honeycomb-like rock formations. Observe marine fossils and be inspired by the geological history of the range.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has volunteer campground hosts based at the eastern side campground from May to September – which is the best time to visit.

Kennedy Range is a star attraction on the Wool Wagon Pathway – one of the three self-drive trails with interpretive signage that make up the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways.

Lake Douglas

10km from Kalgoorlie-Boulder and a great place to picnic and go for a walk around the scenic lake.

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  • Activities:Camping,Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Plenty of room and a lake (Not always with water in it) to take a walk over and take your camera along just in case you see something of interest.

Lake Grace Lookout

From the Lake Grace Lookout, 10km west of the Post Office is the panoramic view of the North and South Lake System.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

The striking feature of Lake Grace is the abundance of salt lakes along the ancient river systems, therefore the common name for the area is the Lakes District. Numerous lakes occur in their natural bush state in reserves.````The Lake Grace Lookout is located 10km west of Lake Grace towards Dumbleyung. With panoramic views across the North and South Lakes system, which is 50km long and up to 7kms wide. Under the salty surface there is an estimated 19 million tonnes of gypsum.````On the Lake Grace lakes west edge is a small but sealed car pull off bay with seating available.

Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier delights your eye with its pink colour.

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  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes,Unique Wonders

Description

We learn from geography classes that water bodies are marked with blue on the map. But nature likes to mess with us and creates oddities just like Lake Hillier in Western Australia.

With its mere 600 meters in length, Lake Hillier is not one that will impress you by its size. Nor will it impress you by its diverse fishes that inhabit it.

Moreover, it lies just next to the Pacific Ocean, thus if you watch it from above, the contrast between the mellow pink of the lake and the blue of the ocean is striking.

The reason of its unique colour is still a topic that is not fully understood by scientists, although most suspect it has to do with the presence of the Dunaliella salina microalgae. The Dunaliella produces carotenoids, a pigment found in carrots as well. But the presence of halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts could be another explanation. A reaction between the salt and the sodium bicarbonate that is found in the water may cause it as well.

The Hillier Lake was first discovered in 1802 by navigator and cartographer Matthew Flinders who took samples from the lake and mentioned its existence in his journal.

The lake is located on Middle Island, off the coast of Western Australia. As noted above, the Hillier Lake is quite small, its length is 600 meters and its width is no more than 250 meters. It is surrounded by eucalyptus and paperback trees and the ocean on its northern part.

Its pink color is less accentuated when viewed from the surface but it is very prominent from above. However, unlike other pink lakes around the world, its water is still distinctively pink even when it is in a glass.

For a few years they used to extract salt from the lake but nowadays it is only used for tourism purposes. The water of the lake is otherwise clear and it causes no harm to the human skin and the Dunaliella salina alga is completely harmless as well. In fact, swimming in the lake’s water is safe and fun but impossible to do for normal tourists as the lake can’t be visited.

Lake Hillier Facts

• Lake Hillier is not the only pink lake in the world, for that matter, it is not even the only pink lake in Australia.

• Geographic coordinates: 34°5′45″S 123°12′10″E

• For a period of six years, in the early 20th century, salt was mined from the lake, but it is not anymore.

Lake Lefroy

A magnificent salt lake which stands out from the surrounding area by its pure white, gleaming colour and extreme lack of vegetation.

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  • Activities:Walking

Description

It is possible to go land sailing on Lake Lefroy when the weather permits. Yachts can reach speeds of up to 100km/hr. Yacht hire and tuition are provided by Widgie Cabins - phone (08) 9091 3868

Lake Lefroy is a large ephemeral salt lake in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. 

Lake Yealering

A place of water and trees, Yealering is situated 221 kms S/E of Perth. The beautiful Lake, headwater of the Avon River, is uniquely located next to the town.

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  • Facilities:Caravan Site,Picnic Facilities,Accommodation
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Canoeing,Walking

Description

A pleasant three hour drive through Dale Forest and into rolling wheat and sheep country will bring you to Yealering from Perth. Accommodation: A well appointed Caravan Park, and two storey Hotel. Counter meals are served, and bookings taken for dining room. In the Yealering Store is a unique display of enlarged historic photographs. The Lake and surrounds attract many varieties of bird life. A landscaped swimming area, canoeing and water sports can all be enjoyed. In spring wildflowers make their appearance on three sides of the town. A modern function centre which overlooks the lake can be hired.

Lions Lookout

Overlooks Fly Flat, the site where explorers Bayley and Ford found gold when they arrived from Gnarlbine Soak. Has picnic and BBQ facilities.

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  • Activities:Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

This is a difficult walk in the Korung National Park, with some steep loose descents and taxing climbs. There are great views over Bickley Reservoir and the city with wildflowers in abundance in the spring time.

Lucky Bay

The white beach and turquoise waters of this wide, sheltered bay are a must-see and a great place to enjoy water-based activities.

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  • Activities:Snorkelling,Walking,Boating,Camping,Canoeing,Diving,Fishing
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

While exploring the south coast of Australia in 1802, Matthew Flinders sailed a dangerous route through the Recherche Archipelago. He named Lucky Bay when his vessel HMS Investigator took shelter here from a summer storm. The botanist Robert Brown went ashore and explored a diverse and largely unknown flora, discovering and naming many new species.

Enjoy a walk along the beach to a lookout where a plaque celebrates this historic event.

Boating and beach driving

The sheltered bay is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, surfing and launching small boats.

Be aware that these beaches are notoriously treacherous for vehicles and it is easy to become bogged in the most innocent looking wet or dry sand. Ask the ranger about surface conditions and tides.

If you drive your four-wheel-drive vehicle onto the beach, beware of pedestrians and drive slowly. Normal road rules apply.

Mt Charlotte Reservoir and Lookout

Great views of Kalgoorlie from the top of Mt Charlotte. The reservoir stores fresh water that has been pumped from Mundaring Weir (566km). Short drive from the city

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Reminder of the engineering feats of CY O'Connor who designed the pipeline that stretches from Mundaring in the Perth Hills to the Goldfields.

Mt Jimberlana

5km east of Norseman and supposed to be one of the oldest geological areas in the world. It is an important Aboriginal landmark. A relatively easy walk to the peak.

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  • Activities:Mountain Climbing
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Reputed to be one of the oldest geological sites in the world this beautiful granite outcrop is located some 5 kilometres east of Norseman. The climb to the top is well worth the effort with stunning views in every direction your reward for taking up the challenge.

Mt Leonora

Climb or 4WD to the top.

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  • Activities:4WDing,Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Explore 30 historical sites showcasing Leonora’s history and heritage with our FREE online interactive map!

Newman Rocks

View of salt lakes and surrounds. A natural water catchment brings native fauna to the area. Located 50km west of Balladonia and 1km north of the Highway.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Nice shady rest area 500m from highway
Circular rest area close to highway
picnic tables, fireplace & bins
Great views at the rock

Niagara Dam

A smaller version of the Mundaring Weir. Intended to supply water for the railway construction to Leonora. Never used because an underground water source was found after completion.

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  • Facilities:Camping Allowed,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

Built in 1897, the cement that was used to build the 8 m high dam was brought by camel from Coolgardie. It is ironic that when the dam was completed a natural underground water source was found and the dam was never used. It is popular for picnics and camping.

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