With Fitzgerald River National Park at its core, the new biosphere is one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia and includes 1.5 million hectares of conservation estate, state waters, farmland, industrial and urban areas. Recognised globally for its natural diversity, it is one of the most flora and fauna rich conservation areas in Western Australia, home to approximately 20% of the state’s described plant species, 22 mammal species, 41 reptile species, and more than 200 bird species. More species of animals live in this park than any other reserve in southern Western Australia, truly a nature enthusiast’s playground! Featuring surfaced coastal roads and lookouts with spectacular views, much of the rugged scenery is accessible by 2WD as a result of an upgrade completed in 2014. A new interpretive area has been created with some of the interpretive displays being state of the art. As you drive along, stop at the many beaches and undertake walks along the numerous trails. The fully sealed Hamersley Drive takes visitors all the way to Hamersley Inlet and Campground. international significance after the United Nation’s Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation approved the site as a biosphere in June 2017. Highlights to see and do • World’s Largest Lollipop the world's biggest freestanding lollipop is the newest addition to the main streetscape of Ravensthorpe. The 7.4 metre tall, and 4 metre wide structure is located on Morgan Street, creating another must see icon following the fantastic Silo Art. Farm Gate Art a great selection of crafts made from scrap steel off farms and are dotted around the landscape. A map of their location and an explanation of each work is available from the local visitor centres. • Ceramic Pioneer mural at Jubilee Park on the main street with playground and BBQ. • Ravensthorpe Silos the artwork on the Ravensthorpe silos follows the flowering cycle of a Banksia, native to the region. World-renowned street artist Amok Island created the mural throughout August and September 2016, taking 31 days to create the 25m high mural that is visible for miles in every direction. Part of the Silo Trail, this project was brought to Ravensthorpe by CBH and FORM - not to be missed. • Archer Drive Lookout 20km return. Wildflowers, picturesque sweeping farmland views from the Ravensthorpe Range. The Fitzgerald Biosphere originally listed in 1978 has retained
and play the day away. Site includes interpretative signage, seating and toilet facilities. A popular beach amongst locals. • Hamersley Inlet Campground toilet facilities, sheltered gas BBQ, enjoy close access to hiking trails, fishing and boating activities. • Sandboarding at Hamersley Dunes located within Fitzgerald River National Park, 4WD access only. Sandboard on dunes as far as the eye can see en route to Hamersley Beach. • Four Mile Campground & Beach is a popular camping area located near Barrens Beach with easy access to Four Mile Beach. Enjoy facilities including picnic tables, gas barbecues with fifteen camp sites of various sizes accommodating caravans, camper trailers, RV's & tents. • Scenic Wildflower Walk Trails . The Hakea Trail is a 23 kilometre spectacular and rugged coastal walk trail in the East Fitzgerald National Park. It starts at the Cave Munglinup Secluded hideaways, Munglinup Beach and Oldfield Estuary. The Oldfield Estuary area offers visitors plenty of activities including canoeing, small boating, kayaking, nature bush walks, wildflower viewing and fishing. Munglinup Beach forms a lagoon that is protected by a reef and here you can swim or snorkel, enjoy the underwater world or just relax on the beach. If you are looking for a secluded beach you needn’t go any further, you’ll find it here. Just a short distance away, Lake Shaster and the Oldfield Estuary are renowned havens for rare and unusual birds. Accommodation: Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun offer RV Friendly camping for 48 hours, two caravan parks are located in Hopetoun, one in Ravensthorpe and one in Munglinup. Motels and B&B's are available in both Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe. The Fitzgerald Coast is brimming with a great selection of camping options. Mason Bay and Starvation Bay have recently been upgraded, sites from $10 per/night per/site. Camping available in Fitzgerald River National Park at Hamersley Inlet, St Mary Inlet and Four Mile Campground. Botanical Wonderland
The inlet stretches for 7km, an ideal location for fishing, kayaking, boating and bushwalks. In spring, the national park offers a magnificent show of wildflowers and the variety of textures and colours will amaze you. Endemic flora species include the spectacular Royal Hakea, Qualup Bell, Barrens regalia and Sepulcralis. Migrating and breeding whales can be seen from vantage points within the park from June until October, with Point Ann a natural whale nursery being the most popular viewing point. Highlights to see and do • Cave Point get a bird’s eye view of the park’s coast from a unique lookout on the very edge of the sea cliffs overlooking the Southern Ocean, a top spot for whale watching. • Barrens Lookout located on the eastern side of East Mt Barren has a viewing platform with universal access. Short walk amongst spectacular wildflowers overlooking Barrens Beach, Culham Inlet and Hopetoun. • Experience Hamersley Drive & Sepulcralis Hill Lookout and be amazed by the abundant wildflowers including the endemic Royal Hakea and Qualup Bell. • Barrens Beach has 200 metres of squeaky • Elverdton Road wildflowers line the south side of the road and 15km south of Ravensthorpe the Ethel Daw lookout is breathtaking. • Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show held in mid-September each year, the show has more than 700 labelled species on display. Enjoy guided 4WD tag a long tours, a guided heritage railway walk, devonshire teas and local art exhibition. Visit www.wildflowersravensthorpe.org.au for more information. • Mt Short Scenic Drive 40km return allow 2hrs. Highest point in Ravensthorpe Range 453m, picnicking, wildflowers, scenery, old gold mine, climb Mt Short. • Mt Madden Scenic Drive 160km return allow 5-6hrs. Pallarup Rocks picnic spot, large granite rock covering 20ha to explore, panoramic views, and wildflowers. • Railway Heritage Walk Trail. A four-section walk track through natural bush. The original railway track was built to connect Ravensthorpe mines to the Hopetoun Port and operated from 1909 to 1935. • Ravensthorpe Range 4WD 28km drive across Ravensthorpe Range, see new mining activity, wildflowers, mallee fowl and kangaroos.
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Point car park and extends westward to Quoin Head. However, the trail can be accessed at several points along its route. The trail has markers bearing the Royal Hakea. More walk trails available including the Mt Barren hike & Mamang Trail.
white sand complemented by rocky outcrops and reef. Swim, fish, snorkel
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