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Access

Park entry fees and daily camping permit fees apply. Drive 

carefully and please note that speed limits apply on all roads 

within the park.

Roads may be closed because of conditions that promote the 

spread of dieback.  Please contact a ranger or a department 

office before your visit to find out about road closures.

From the north

Two gravel roads provide access for two-wheel drive vehicles 

— Hamersley Drive and Quiss Road/ Pabelup Drive.

Hamersley Drive from South Coast Highway to Hamersley 

Inlet Road turnoff offers excellent views into the heart of the 

park, as well as access to Hamersley Inlet and camp site, Four 

Mile Beach and camp site, Barrens Beach, Mileys Beach, Cave 

Point (lookout and trailhead) and West Beach.

Quiss Road and Pabelulp Drive traverse undulating landscape 

and connect to roads leading to West Mt Barren, Point Ann 

(with whale watching lookouts and trailhead), and St Mary 

Inlet camp site.



From the east

You can enter the park near Hopetoun via the east entry 

station on Hamersley Drive, which is sealed to the turnoff to 

Hamersley Inlet Road. Hamersley Drive provides two-wheel 

drive access to several eastern precinct coastal recreation 

sites (see map), including the Hamersley Inlet camp site. 

Please note that the four-wheel drive tracks to Whalebone 

Beach, Quoin Head and the Moir track are frequently closed 

during wet conditions.

Fitzgerald River National Park covers an area of 297,244ha 

on the central south coast of Western Australia, between the 

towns of Bremer Bay and Hopetoun, 420km south-east of 

Perth. Recently improved sealed road access and recreational 

facilities, including two new long walktrails, provide a 

wide range of opportunities for world class nature-based 

activities, in highly scenic and diverse coastal and inland 

environments.

The park is one of the largest and most botanically 

significant national parks in Australia, with approximately 15 

per cent of the State’s described plant species growing amid 

the magnificent landscapes. So far, 1883 plant species have 

been identified, 75 of which are found nowhere else. 

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Information and recreation guide

Front cover Fitzgerald River National Park. Photo – Gordon Roberts/DEC 

All photos are by Peter Wilkins/DEC, except those otherwise credited. 

More species of animals live in this national park than in 

any other reserve in south-western Australia. They include 

22 mammal species, 41 reptile species and 12 frog species. 

The park also has more than 200 bird species including rare 

species such as the western ground parrot, the western 

bristle bird and the western whipbird. 

In recognition of the importance of protecting and 

conserving the region’s unique flora and fauna, the central 

area of the park is a wilderness management zone, and is not 

accessible by vehicles.

Fitzgerald River National Park is an internationally recognised 

biosphere reserve under the United Nations Educational 

Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 



Man and 

the 

Biosphere Programme

. The aim of this global initiative is 

to discover and demonstrate how people and nature can 

flourish together in a sustainable manner.



Nyoongar (Aboriginal) Cultural Heritage  

Nyoongar people occupied and travelled across the park’s 

landscape according to family group territories that 

spread from the forested regions of the south west to the 

heathlands of the south coast, east of Esperance. Using 

the rivers as thoroughfares they moved between these 

regions to follow the seasonal availability of food. Nyoongar 

people retain a strong sense of identity and a deep, ongoing 

connection to their ancestral lands. South coast Nyoongar 

people continue to camp, fish and care for country in 

Fitzgerald River National Park. They are actively engaged in 

preserving their rich cultural heritage and the natural values 

of the south coast region. 

Above Point Charles Bay.

Below Whalebone Cove. 

Below right 

Fitzgerald River National Park.



Below Dunnart. 

Bottom Turtle frog. 

Below right Banksia 

coccinea.

RECYCLE

 

Please return unwanted brochures to distribution points

Fitzgerald River 

National Park



Dieback

Dieback is caused by a pathogen, known as 



Phytophthora cinnamomi,

 which is lethal to hundreds 

of plant species. This disease kills plants by destroying 

their root systems, and threatens many of the park’s 

plant species. The climate of the south coast favours 

the spread of dieback, which thrives in warm, moist soil 

and can easily be spread in mud or soil that adheres to 

vehicle tyres or bush walkers’ footwear.

It is therefore sometimes necessary to close roads and 

tracks or temporarily restrict access to certain areas.

Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the parks 

least infected by dieback in south-western Australia. 

With your help it has a chance of remaining so. Bush 

walkers can help by cleaning mud and soil from their 

boots before entering a park or reserve, or at the boot-

cleaning stations provided at trailhead sites in the park. 

When driving in the park, it is essential to keep to 

established roads and tracks and obey all ‘ROAD CLOSED’ 

signs. By washing the tyres and under-body of your car 

before and after a trip to a park or reserve, you can help 

preserve WA’s natural areas.

Remember

Don’t light fires. Gas barbecues are provided free of charge 

to day visitors at Four Mile Beach, Hamersley Inlet and Point 

Ann picnic areas. 

Be clean. Rubbish bins are not provided in the park; please 

take your rubbish with you.



Save animals and plants. No hunting or wildflower picking 

is permitted in Fitzgerald River National Park.  Drive slowly to 

avoid killing wildlife on the roads.

Stay on the road. Follow signs in the park and keep vehicles 

on the roads marked in this map. Observe track closures and 

speed limits. To drive a four-wheel drive vehicle on sand, 

engage four-wheel drive and reduce tyre pressure. Don’t 

forget to re-inflate your tyres when you leave the area. It is 

recommended that two-wheel drive vehicles are not driven on 

sand or other soft surfaces.

Be prepared. Always carry plenty of fresh water (at least 

three or four litres per person per day) as there are no reliable 

drinking water supplies within the park. 

Take care

Keep your personal safety in mind at all times. Caution is 

required in any natural environment with potentially hazardous 

terrain. Fitzgerald River National Park is no exception.

Stand back from rocky headlands and cliff edges. Many 

areas within the park have steep, rocky slopes that can be 

unstable underfoot.

Choose fishing or swimming sites with great care.  

The Southern Ocean is unpredictable, making rock fishing and 

swimming especially dangerous. Huge waves and swells can 

suddenly occur even on calm days. Rocks become slippery 

when wet. Rip currents are common along the coastline.  

Wear a lifejacket at all times when fishing from rocks.

No pets

Pets are not permitted in the park. Please leave your dogs, cats 

and other domestic animals at home as they can harm native 

wildlife and environment. Foxes and cats are predators to native 

animals, so the park is baited with 1080 poison to control the 

numbers of these introduced predators. Native animals are 

naturally resistant to 1080, but the baits will kill your pets.

Please heed visitor risk warnings shown on  

signs that display this symbol.

More information

National park rangers are available to provide information. 

Don’t hesitate to contact them if you need assistance. 

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Front cover: Fitgerald River National Park. Photo – Gordon Roberts/DPaW

Rangers (West)

Jacup/Jerramungup

Tel (08) 9835 5043

Department of Parks 

and Wildlife Office

13 Morgan Street 

Ravensthorpe

Tel (08) 9838 1967

Visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s website  

www.dpaw.wa.gov.au for more information on the park.

Other Fitzgerald River National Park brochures include:

• 

Eastern short walks, which 

includes the short walks to 

Barrens Lookout, East Mount 

Barren, Sepulcralis Hill and No 

Tree Hill)

• 

Western short walks, which 

includes the short walks to Mount 

Maxwell, West Mount Barren and 

the Point Ann Heritage Trail

• 

Mamang Walktrail

• 

Hakea Walktrail

Brochures are available from park entry stations, walktrail 

heads or download copies from the website:

www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/fitzgerald-river 



Fitzgerald River National Park podcasts

A series of podcasts about the Fitzgerald River National Park 

and the different walks can be downloaded prior to visiting 

the park from the same website.



From the west

Devils Creek Road enters the western section of the park and 

can be accessed from the South Coast Highway just north 

of Gairdner. Pabelup Drive connects Devils Creek Road and 

Quiss Road. The secondary two-wheel drive road network in 

the western area of the park is unsealed gravel road.  Points 

of interest accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles include Mt 

Maxwell, West Mt Barren, Quaalup Homestead, Point Ann 

and St Mary Inlet. The access track to Trigelow Beach is four-

wheel drive only and may be closed during wet conditions.

PLEASE NOTE:  The only guaranteed all year, all weather 

access into the park is on bitumen sealed road from 

Hopetoun on the east side of the park. The gravel road 

sections are not suitable for large buses or caravans. 

Royal hakea (

Hakea victoira). Photo - Andy Reynolds, Reynolds Graphics

Ranger (East)

Barrens Beach Road

Tel (08) 9838 3060

Department of Parks and Wildlife, 

Albany District Office

120 Albany Highway, Albany WA 6330

Tel (08) 9842 4500  

Fax (08) 9841 7105

Email Albany@dpaw.wa.gov.au


Things to do and see

Diverse landscapes, sheltered beaches, rugged sea cliffs, steep 

ranges, extensive plains and sheer river valleys ending in inlets 

all provide a variety of nature-based recreational opportunities.



Wildflowers and flora

Wildflowers in the park are a year-round feature of the park’s 

exceptionally diverse floral landscape, but are truly spectacular 

and abundant in the spring months, August - November.



Whale watching and marine mammals

Southern right whales annually congregate in the shallow bays 

of the park’s coastline from June - October when they give 

birth, nurse their young and socialise, before migrating back 

to Antarctic waters for summer feeding. Pods of dolphin, seals 

and migrating humpback whales are also regularly seen along 

the coast. 

Fishing

Fitzgerald River National Park has many excellent fishing 

beaches. Keep safety in mind when choosing a site. Wear a 

self-inflating vest or life jacket when rock fishing. Normal 

fishing regulations apply.

Camping

Vehicle-based camping is available at Four Mile camp site, 

Hamersley Inlet camp site (within the Shire of Ravensthorpe 

reserve), and St Mary camp site. Caravan camping is only 

available at Hamersley Inlet camp site. Please check the map 

for locations. Camping permit fees apply; please pay at the 

self-registration fee paying stations provided at the camp sites. 

Basic camp sites are also provided on the long coastal walk trails 

at Whalebone Beach and Fitzgerald River Inlet. All water, food, 

toilet paper and camping equipment need to be carried in.



Walking in the Fitzgerald River National Park

Bush walks and beach walks offer scenic vistas of the natural beauty of the park. Please use the boot 

scrubbers provided at the trailhead boot-cleaning stations and stay on the designated walktrails and 

footpaths. 



Carry ample drinking water. Be prepared for unexpected changes in weather.  

Bush walking is not recommended in hot and windy or other extreme weather conditions.

Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Please register using the registration books provided at the trail 

heads. Note that the Department of Parks and Wildlife is not responsible for checking you have returned safely, however the registration 

process offers a point of reference should something go wrong.



Short Bush Walks in the West

West Mount Barren Summit Trail

Class 4 (Moderate difficulty ~ 1.7km return) – 

allow 1-2 hours. 

This short walk leads to the summit of West Mt Barren and 

features expansive views over the western region of the park.

Mount Maxwell Lookout 

Class 2 (Easy ~ 200m return) 

A short amble up to the Mt Maxwell Lookout provides 

visitors with landscape views to the western peaks.

Point Ann Heritage Trail 

Class 3 (Easy ~ 1km return) –  

allow 1 hour 

A gentle walk with interpretation panels along the trail. 

It features spectacular views over Point Charles Bay and 

the park’s rugged central coastline. In winter, you may 

see southern right whales visiting the bay. Discover the 

Aboriginal and European heritage of Point Ann and follow a 

section of the rabbit proof fence.

Short Bush Walks in the East

East Mount Barren Summit Trail 

Class 4 (Moderate difficulty ~ 2.6km return) – 

allow 2-3 hours. 

This short walk to the summit of East Mt Barren features 

stunning views over the central park and eastern Barrens 

Ranges, the Culham Inlet to Hopetoun, and beyond to 

Esperance. 

Barrens Lookout 

Class 3 (Easy ~ 250m return) 

On the short walk from the car park to Barrens lookout, 

the path winds past a natural rock garden through low 

coastal heath that is daubed with a wonderful array of 

colourful wildflowers in spring.

Sepulcralis Hill 

Class 3 (Easy ~ 600m return) 

Sepulcralis Hill is named after the delicate, weeping 

gum tree (

Eucalyptus sepulcralis), which grows in the 

quartzite ridges of this region of the park. This is a short, 

easy walk to the lookout which offers scenic views across the 

Hamersley River valley.



No Tree Hill 

Class 3 (Moderate difficulty ~ 6 km return) –  

allow 2-3 hours. 

This is a popular walk during wild flower season.



Long Coastal Walk in the West

Mamang Walktrail from Point Ann to Point Charles 

and Fitzgerald River Inlet 

Class 4 (Moderate difficulty ~ 31km return) 

The walktrail passes through beautiful bushland 

country with spectacular views of Lake Nameless and the 

central mountain ranges and has encounters with historic 

sites and spectacular views of the Fitzgerald River beach and 

inlet. There are basic overnight camp facilities at Fitzgerald 

inlet. This is a world class walktrail taking you into pristine 

bushlands, where the unique flora and fauna of the coastal 

region of the park may be experienced.

Please refer to the Mamang Walktrail brochure for a full 

explanation of all the walk options for this trail.

Long Coastal Walk in the East

Hakea Walktrail from Cave Point to Quoin Head 

Class 4 (Moderate difficulty ~ 46km return) 

The walktrail to Quoin Head passes through an array 

of the region’s unique landscape, vegetation and flora which 

also provides habitat for a rich range of fauna species. You 

may encounter echidnas, sea eagles, osprey, mallee fowl, 

dolphins and whales (in season). There are basic overnight 

camp facilities at the Whalebone camp site near  Whalebone 

beach. 


Please refer to the Hakea Walktrail brochure for a full 

explanation of all the walk options for this walktrail.



Walk trail classifications

Parks and Wildlife walk trails are assigned a ‘class’ to 

indicate degree of difficulty. The walk classes range 

from Class 1 (universal access), which is suitable for 

wheelchairs to Class 5, which requires walkers to be fit, 

experienced and suitably equipped. Check trailhead signs 



at the start of walks for specific information.

Above Melaleuca papillosaAbove right Barrens Beach.

Above top Walkway at Cave Point. Above Roe’s rock pool. 

Right Point Ann Heritage Trail.

All trails in 

Fitzgerald River 

National Park are 

marked by these 

trail markers.

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