Six of the best national parks in Western Australia – in no particular order, of course!
Cape Le Grand National Park
If you ask us, Cape Le Grand National Park may be one of the best national parks in the country, let alone the state. I mean, where else do you get to see kangaroos sunbathing on pristine, white sand beaches? Camp out in Lucky Bay and you’ll likely catch a glimpse of the friendly colony of kangaroos that calls the area home and is inclined to spend the afternoon lounging in the sun.
Purnululu National Park
The World Heritage–listed park is known for the magnificent Bungle Bungle Range (also known as the Bungle Bungles), striped sandstone domes that create a landscape unlike anywhere else. The Bungle Bungles have been around for more than 350 million years, and are a place of significance to the Karjaganujaru people, who have been the traditional owners of the land for more than 20,000 years.
Fitzgerald River National Park
Fitzgerald River National Park covers 330,000 hectares of unspoilt, rugged wilderness – not to mention the stunning coastline of southern Western Australia. The park is recognised all across the globe for its unique biodiversity, and its abundance of flora and fauna.
Nambung National Park
Located in the Wheatbelt region, about two hours north of Perth, Nambung National Park is home to the famous Pinnacles Desert (also known as the Pinnacles). These natural limestone structures were formed 25,000–30,000 years ago by deposits of seashells that remained after the sea receded. Over time, wind eroded the sand surrounding these deposits, and the Pinnacles were created.
Stirling Range National Park
This stunning national park is well-known for its breathtaking display of wildflowers, as well as its hiking and camping options. Within the national park are more than 1500 species of wildflower, including banksias, orchids and mountain bells.
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
This is one for the surfers, or the hikers, or the birdwatchers – anyone with a love of the outdoors, basically! Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park can be found in the south of Western Australia, less than an hour from the Margaret River wine region. Cape Naturaliste offers some of the best surfing in the state, so this is a popular spot to catch a wave.
To read more about Western Australia’s best national parks, check out the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park (C) Sean Scott Photography.