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Parks, Sites & Trails in Cervantes to Dongara

Places To Go in Cervantes To Dongara


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Anchorage Bay Lookout

A tourist attraction in the town of Green Head overlooking Anchorage Bay.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Provides a peaceful vantage point across the bay. 

Image credit: Matt Croft 

Arurine Bay

Arurine Bay beach extends north of the breakwater for 1.1 km to an attached calcarenite reef, which forms a small foreland.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking,Surfing

Description

<p> The beach receives slight protection in the southern corner with waves increasing up the beach to about 1 m along the northern section. These maintain a moderately step reflective beach in the south grading into a low tide terrace to the north, with reefs fringing the northern section. The Port Denison caravan park backs the southern corner of the each, then a grassy foreshore reserve between the beach and Ocean Drive.</p>

Badgingarra Nature Trail

3.5 km circular route walk in Badgingarra National Park

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

Description

The walk begins at the Badgingarra Roadhouse on Brand Highway and takes about 90 minutes to complete. In wildflower season the walk offers glimpses of purple star flower, yellow buttercups, red and green kangaroo paws, one sided bottlebrush, melaleucas and feather flowers. The trail involves some steep hills, so supportive footwear is recommended.

Coalseam Conservation Park Plateau Loop Trail

3.2km walking trail through Coalseam Conservation Park

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

Description

The Plateau Loop Trail gently winds through a york gum woodland before reaching carpets of colourful everlastings at the top of the plateau. Access to the park is via the unsealed Coalseam Road. The road is suitable for all vehicles but it's good to remember that the Shire of Mingenew closes the road in heavy rainfall. 

Depot Hill Walk

30 minute nature walk across Depot Hill Reserve

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

Description

Depot Hill is located just outside the small town of Mingenew. Follow the sealed Allanooka Springs Road towards Depot Hill. After the walk, settle in under the shade of the gum trees for a picnic lunch by the river. 

Dongara Beach

One of the most well-known, safe and accessible beaches in the Dongara area.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:4WDing,Fishing,Surfing
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cafe / Shops,Picnic Facilities,Toilets

Description

'Dongara Beach' also referred to as 'Ocean' or 'Town' beach by locals, faces west and curves over a 800m stretch of the Coral coastline. Located opposite the Dongara Caravan Park, a crayfish factory and with 4WD access - this beach is a favourite with families and travellers in Dongara. 

Perfect for swimming, surfing or windsurfing, this beach is a must-see on your next visit to Dongara!

Dynamite Bay

The turquoise waters of Dynamite Bay are unlike any other, making it a must-see along the Coral Coast of Western Australia.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking

Description

Just a 3 hour drive northwest of Perth along Indian Ocean Drive, this beach has a unique combination of soft sand, calm, turquoise waters and ancient history with an array of historic shipwrecks along the reefed coastline.

Take a stroll along the peninsula, go fishing, windsurfing or snorkelling or simply have a picnic overlooking the beach. 

 

Granny's Beach

Family friendly beach with an outdoor shower, good for swimming and snorkelling

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling,Surfing
  • Facilities:Cafe / Shops

Description

There is a great grassed shaded area with a playground for the kids and an onsite coffee van.

Irwin River

  • 9219 9000

Irwin River divides the twin towns of Dongara Port Denison.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The Wattandee tribe of the Yamatji Aboriginal group named this area Thungarra/Dhungarra, a name for sea lions’ meeting place. The Wattandee lived up river around Strawberry, Peterwangy and Mingenew, and would travel to the coast during summer to follow their beliefs and the culture of their Wattarn Borungar (Sea Totem People).

Irwin River Mouth Lookout

Great vantage point offering views of Dongara Town Beach and the Irwin River.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Rivers & Lakes

Description

The Irwin River Mouth Lookout marks the starting point for the Dongara walking trail. The lookout also gives easy access to the nearby bird hide. Here you can expect to catch a glimpse of Eastern Reef Egret, Caspian Tern and Great Egret near the river mouth. Pied Cormorants are also known to roost along the river. 

Lake Thetis Thrombolites

Visiting the remarkable Thrombolites at the picturesque Lake Thetis is an opportunity not to be missed.

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

Description

Fascinating structures known as thrombolites at Lake Thetis provide insights into what life was like at the dawn of time.

Like the famous stromatolites of Hamelin Pool, in Shark Bay, these rock-like structures on the edge of Lake Thetis are built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. Within the structures are living communities of diverse inhabitants with population densities of 3000 per square metre!

 

 

Lesueur National Park

A must see for lovers of wildflowers, Lesueur National Park’s natural beauty is just a 15 minute drive northeast of Jurien Bay and only 3 hours north of Perth.

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

Description

Home to over 900 plant species, this is one of the most magnificent reserves for flora conservation within Western Australia. The National Park erupts into colour seasonally, during late Winter and Spring each year. The natural beauty is not limited to the flora, with many species of native birds and reptiles also calling the national park home.  

There is a selection of walking trails in and around Lesueur National Park, but visitors can also drive to the top of Mount Lesueur to experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the park and the expansive coastline. There are no camping or water facilities in the park and entry fees do apply, however, there are many camping facilities in the towns which surround the park.

 

Lesueur National Park Scenic Drive

18 km scenic drive through Lesueur National Park

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

Description

Drive begins at the Cockleshell Gully Road entrance and takes drivers through some of the most scenic parts of the park, including Mount Lesueur and Cockleshell Gully. The scenic drive follows an unsealed bitumen road suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. Offering regular lay-bys, there are plenty of places to park up and take photos.   

Lesueur National Park Walking Trail

  • +61 9688 6000

8 km walking trail through Lesueur National Park

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

Description

The walk begins at the park's Drummond car park and follows a colourful trail of wildflowers to the scenic views at the top of Mt Lesueur. On the way, look out for a diverse range of orchids, acacias, hibbertias, lechenaultias, melaleucas and kangaroo paws. 

Moreton Bay & Port Jackson Fig Trees

Planted in 1906. Heritage Listed.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The trees at Moreton Bay and Port Jackson are a must-see.

Ocean Drive Lookout & Boardwalk

See and hear the waves, reefs and bird life as you soak in the wonderful views.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Port Denison Foreshore

The Foreshore in Port Denison dates back to over a century.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,National Parks & Reserves

Description

In 1912, the foreshore from Point Leander to the river mouth became a public reserve, and was developed into a popular holiday area, particularly for inland residents. 

Russ Cottage

Built in 1881 by Titus Russ, the Russ Cottage is a fine example if a rural worker’s home of over 145 years ago.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The cottage was purchased from the Russ family 100 years after it was built by the Shire of Irwin. It has since been leased and restored by the Irwin District Historical Society and furnished as a 1870’s yeoman’s cottage.

The Russ Cottage is open to the public on Wednesday’s & Fridays, 9.30am - 12pm.

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape is a great spot for the whole family, either as a day trip or to camp. From Jurien Bay, head north on Indian Ocean Drive for 10 km to the turnoff to Sandy Cape Road.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:4WDing,Camping,Fishing,Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly

Description

You can 4WD north and south from the main campsite to find a camp but there are no facilities in these areas so please ensure you are fully self contained with a portable chemical toilet, grey water waste tank and fresh drinking water. Camp fees apply to Land Reserve #19062, which covers the main campsite and the 4WD-only accessible areas north and south from there.

Camp fees can be paid at the honesty box at the information bay on Sandy Cape Road, to the on-site caretaker or to the visiting Shire Ranger. You will be provided with a receipt. Camp fees are $20.00 per campsite per night for up to 2 adults and 2 children, with additional adults $3.00 each per night and additional children (3-16 years) $2.00 peach per night.

Please note: There are no bookings available for Sandy Cape, sites are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

South Beach Port Denison

Stroll along the wide white sandy beach and take in the fresh ocean air

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly
  • Facilities:Cafe / Shops
  • Activities:Surfing

Description

South Beach is a family & dog friendly beach perfect for any activity, ranging from surfing or kite surfing, paddle boarding or just swimming around. You can drive your car along the beach and set up your own little area for the day. There is also Starfish café on site for refreshments and meals.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are the major natural attraction in the Coral Coast region, found between Cervantes and Jurien Bay.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders
  • Facilities:BBQ,Toilets

Description

A visit to Australia’s Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles is a must. The Pinnacles had approximately 653,000 visitors recorded by Parks and Wildlife from during the 2017/2018 financial year, making it Western Australia's most visited attraction.

The park is located roughly 200 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17,487 hectares, providing natural habitat for an extensive array of native animals and bird life.

These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.

Travelling to the Pinnacles

From Perth head north along Wanneroo Road which will become the Indian Ocean Drive and turn right at the sign for the Pinnacles OR From Perth head north along the Brand Highway and then turn left at the sign to 'Cervantes'. From Cervantes head south two kilometres to the Nambung National Park boundary and continue a further fourteen kilometres to the Pinnacles car park.

The extraordinary ancient rock formations that make up the Pinnacles are located about a two-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes.The Pinnacles are easy to access by car or you can take a coach tour from Perth with ADAMS Pinnacle Tours.

Conventional two wheel drive vehicles can access Nambung National Park by road, south from Cervantes. A scenic drive is also available for light vehicles, but you must remain on the marked track. The little Painted Desert and unusual white dunes can also be viewed from the Pinnacles Lookout and is a pleasurable 4-5 kilometre walk through the Nambung National Park. If you’re planning an extended walk of this kind, please contact the Ranger Station in Cervantes on +61 8 9545 7043.

Access to the Pinnacles

No camping is allowed in Nambung National Park, but barbeque facilities and toilets are available. Be sure to bring along a hat, sturdy footwear and bottled water as no drinking water is available.

The road is sealed bitumen from Cervantes to Hangover Bay, then a rough limestone gravel road heads south through the park. This road is unsuitable for caravans and rental vehicles. These can be left in the parking bay at the park boundary.

Open all year round from 9am. Last entry is at 4:30pm. Vehicles can access the park for $12.

Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre

The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Center has interpretive displays that provide an insight into the natural processes that formed the amazing pinnacle structures as well as information on the biodiversity of the park including its unique flora and fauna. You’ll also find details about other national parks and nature reserves on Australia’s Coral Coast, as well as general Parks and Wildlife information.  From August to October the vegetation at Nambung National Park springs to life with colourful wildflowers.

 

Image credit: Michael Goh 

Vern Westbrook Walk Trail

Located in Phoebe’s Reserve, 3.5km off the Brand Highway along North West Road

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens
  • Activities:Walking
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly
  • Facilities:Pets Allowed,Walking Trails

Description

The trail is a three-part walk with seasonal wildflowers, heritage sites, community art and beautiful scenery. Along the way you can learn about the Yallalie Meteorite impact zone that occurred in the area 70 million years ago.

The walk opened in 2001 and the first section is an easy 1.65km walk trail with bridges. The second stage extension opened in 2012 with a 1.25km moderate walk ascending the fence line to the base of the breakaway. The third section is a 800m challenging hike to the top of the breakaway but worth the effort.

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