If you are planning a long-distance trip around Western Australia, or are a nature lover putting together your national parks WA bucket list, then we’re here to help you out.
There are so many great places to see and things to do in Western Australia, you may find it a tad challenging choosing from so many great options. So, if nature activities are your kind of thing, don’t forget to include these Western Australia national parks in your list of must-visit places.
Just 56 kilometres east of Esperance is Cape Le Grand National Park. It occupies 318 square kilometres of space comprising rolling hills, massive sand dunes, beautiful beaches, bushland and hiking trails, fields of seasonal wildflowers and majestic mountains teeming with a range of wildlife.
At Cape Le Grand, there’s so much for you to do:
Kalbarri National Park was established in 1963 and encompasses a massive nearly 2,000 square kilometres of space.
Kalbarri is famous for its many natural features, including the jagged and desolate-looking Tumblagooda sandstone cliffs that line Australia’s Coral Coast. Aside from these natural geological formations, Kalbarri National Park features a natural bridge.
It is also famous for its 800 species of wildflowers (21 of which are rare) blooming throughout the park. Then there’s the highly picturesque vantage point called ‘Nature’s Window’ framing a stunning view of the Murchison River Gorge and nature surrounding the area.
Aside from marvelling at these natural wonders, there are loads of other things to do at Kalbarri:
Located in the Pilbara region, Karijini National Park is approximately 1,400 kilometres away from Perth (~17-hour drive), 100 kilometres away from Tom Price (~1-hour drive) and is Western Australia’s second-largest national park. Featuring ancient cavernous gorges and some of the oldest rocks on Earth, Karijini National Park is a naturalist’s dream.
For travellers visiting from Perth, we recommend following our Perth to Karijini road trip itinerary.
At Karijini National Park, there are plenty of places to discover and experiences to enjoy, including the following:
The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is located 267 kilometres south of Perth, on the western edge of the Margaret River Region. It features stunning views of the Indian Ocean and is replete with lagoons, tidal pools, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and geological rock formations.
If you ever find yourself in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, below are experiences you shouldn’t miss:
Occupying an area of 192.7 square kilometres, Nambung National Park is located near Jurien Bay, just north of Perth in Western Australia. The park comprises two distinct major sections, namely the Hangover Bay and Kangaroo Point shoreline beaches, and the more illustrious Pinnacles Desert.
If you’re ever in Nambung National Park, make time for the following activities:
The Purnululu National Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. It is located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia and encompasses an area of 2,397 square kilometres.
When visiting Purnululu, make sure not to miss these experiences:
Located some 538 kilometres southeast of Perth, Stokes National Park is situated in a 97.26-square-kilometre area in Esperance. Famous for its beautiful coastline, Stokes National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with more than 40 types of birds and offering some occasional seal and grey kangaroo sightings.
Stokes National park offers the following experiences you and your party can partake of:
Established in 1957, Walpole-Nornalup National Park is located 355 kilometres south of Perth and occupies a 194.48-square-kilometre area. It is popular for its towering karri and tingle trees and forms part of the much larger Walpole Wilderness Area – an international biodiversity hotspot.
With its stunning landscape and diverse natural features, there’s plenty to do at Walpole-Nornalup National Park:
What are the must-visit national parks in Western Australia?
Some of the must-visit national parks in Western Australia are Cape Le Grand National Park, Kalbarri National Park, Karijini National Park, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Nambung National Park, Purnululu National Park, Stokes National Park, and Walpole-Nornalup National Park.
What are some activities that can be done at Cape Le Grand National Park?
There are a variety of activities that can be done at Cape Le Grand National Park, including visiting and exploring the natural Esperance beaches, going on a coastal bushwalk, driving a 4x4 to the sand dunes, taking photos of wildflowers and other flora, seeing wildlife up close and personal, and climbing Frenchman's Peak and Mount Le Grand.
What is special about Karijini National Park?
Karijini National Park is located in the Pilbara region and features ancient cavernous gorges and some of the oldest rocks on Earth. It is a naturalist's dream, and some of the experiences that can be enjoyed at the park include swimming in a natural spa pool at Hamersley Gorge, taking photographs of the majestic scenery in Oxer Lookout, and going on a tour of Hancock Gorge that'll take you on a steep descent into multi-coloured layers of rock.