Western Australian forests are remarkable natural gifts. Western Australia is blessed with more than 75 national parks, some with walk and bike trails, allowing visitors to get up close to nature.
Western Australia's national parks overflow with local flora and fauna, indigenous to each region. They also give visitors the chance to interact with the environment and truly experience the great outdoors.
The vast number of parks and the secluded nature of many locations mean you won't have any trouble exploring and finding a piece of the State all to yourself. Alternatively, you can join guided walks, rides and drives or one of many excellent packaged tours to explore Australian forests with other likeminded people.
Whatever experience you are seeking, there is sure to be an interesting Western Australian national park for you to explore!
Australia's South West
There are more than 1,500 species of plants and more than a hundred types of birds found in the Stirling Range National Park near Albany. In season wildflowers bring abundant colour to walk trails and picnic areas. The nearby Porongurup Range National Park is also a great place for birdwatchers.
Some of the most majestic Western Australian forests are the karri and marri forests of the Beedelup and Warren National Parks in the South West region. These forests can be up to 300 years old. These lush green ecosystems are home to a big variety of native animals and wildflowers such as delicate orchids.
The remarkable Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and the Ancient Empire grove near Walpole is 600 metres long and rises to almost 40 metres above the forest floor, giving the visitor a true bird's eye view of the forest. Closer to the ground, the Ancient Empire's walkway meanders through this stunning grove of veteran tingle trees.
At the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, you can often spot migrating humpback and southern whales from the craggy sea cliffs and windswept granite headlands.
There's a towering karri forest and two self-guided caves to explore as well.
Western Australian national parks can be found beyond the city skyline- where lays an untamed wilderness rich in red earth, roaring waterfalls and natural bushland.
An hour from Perth, Serpentine National Park is a picturesque park in a scenic cleft of the ancient Darling Scarp.
The rock-rimmed pool and cascading waterfall are popular with picnickers.
Kings Park in Perth has its own tree top walk which will have you breathing in rich bush land air while looking down on majestic towering trees.
Yanchep National Park is amongst the oldest of the marvellous Western Australian national parks. It's nestled in tuart and banksia woodlands and is rich in Aboriginal history and limestone caves. A big koala colony also lives here.
Australia's Coral Coast
Nambung National Park is home of the mystical Pinnacles Desert, where thousands of limestone pillars rise up to three and a half metres tall from the shifting yellow sands.
Australia's North West
If adventure holidays are more your style, head for the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park
and the Bungle Bungle range.
The beehive-shaped domes reach hundreds of metres into the air. You can four wheel drive to them and spend the day hiking, or take to the sky for an aerial view.
At Geikie Gorge National Park
, a tempestuous river is framed by untamed forest, rich with native figs, wild passionfruit, freshwater mangroves and river gums.
Look out for freshwater crocodiles basking on the river banks.
At Karijini National Park
, you'll find soaring red gorges and colossal waterfalls.
This spectacular ancient landscape is home to bats, rock wallabies, red kangaroos, echidnas, dragons and huge termite moulds.Wolfe Creek Crater National Park
is a sight to behold.
It has the second largest meteorite crater (880 metres) in the world. The meteorite is believed to have crashed to Earth around 300,000 years ago weighing more than 50,000 tonnes.
For detailed information about entry fees, facilities, recreational activities, camping and more, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
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