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17 Bushwalks in National Parks of WA

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A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published March 5th 2018
Walk in fascinating National Parks of WA
Your fitness level is the way to determine what sort of walk or hike you will attempt to make, and this is a list of various types of walks with varying fitness levels.

1. Kalbarri National Parks
Kalbarri Park is about 500 km north of Perth, and it has a series of deep sandstone gorges through which the Murchison River flows.

Here you can plan for walks from a day to a week and walking in the gorges can be difficult when the river is high.

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2. Mt Lesueur National Park
This park is about 210 Km north of Perth, and has fascinating landscape and is home to over 900 plant species.

There are several walk trails in the park, varying from the 400-metre return Botanical Path, to the four-kilometre climb up Mount Lesueur.

3. Wolf Creek Crater National Park
This park is about a two-hour drive from Halls Creek via Tanami Road in the North of WA. It is probably one of Australia's most remarkable outback landscapes and lies on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the East Kimberley.

Wolfe Creek Crater is the second largest crater in the world, measuring 880 metres across and to a depth about 60 metres below the rim. You can go bush-walking here, and see the crater from the rim which is absolutely huge!

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4. Walyunga National Park
Walyunga National Park is 20 km north of Midland, is on the edge of the Darling Scarp, and this has forest and river valley walking trails.

These trails range from 1.2 km to 10.6 km circuit walk, and you can also walk off the track.

5. Yanchep National Park
Yanchep is just 60 km from the City centre to the North and is best known as a picnic area for day trips, however, it also has some excellent day walks such as the 12 km Ghost House Trail. This park has many features and many walking trails.

6. John Forrest National Park
John Forrest is another one close to Perth and overlooks the Swan Coastal Plain east of Perth. It also has some great views onto the City, and there are walking trails, and picnic areas here.

A brochure is available from the Park Ranger, who is located in the park.

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7. Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
This is about 250 km south of Perth and has tall karri forests, rugged coastline and beautiful beaches. It has easy access for walking, and the area is known for its caves.

8. Fitzgerald River National Park
This National Park is about 180 km north-east of Albany and this huge park has salt lakes, coastal scenery a few walking tracks within the park, including a four-day hike.

9. Stirling Range National Park
Stirling Range is WA's highest mountain ranges and about 70 kms north of Albany.

There are many long and strenuous walks here as well, as many shorter ones which are easily accessed. This is also one of the few places you may see snow in Western Australia.

10. D'Entrecasteaux National Park
D'Entrecasteaux National Park is a four to five-hour drive south of Perth and can be accessed via Pemberton.

It combines pristine beaches and tall forests in a spectacular landscape along the southern coastline. There is bush-walking through dense forest and coastal tracks.

11. Torndirrup National Park
This is located via Frenchman Bay Road, Albany, and is home to a range of spectacular natural wonders. It is the most visited national park in Western Australia and is most renown for The Gap and Natural Bridge, which have been formed over hundreds of years by the ocean eroding a large gap in one rock face and a natural arch in another.

There are easily accessible bushwalks through the park and medium grade coastal walks to Bald Head.

12. Cape Le Grand National Park
This park is about half an hour's drive from Esperance and has beautiful beaches as well as scenery throughout.

There are many excellent bushwalking trails through the park which go over the rugged coast and beaches - you can even stop off for a refreshing dip in the ocean after walking. There's also rock-climbing at Frenchman's Peak and Mount Le Grand.

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13. Yalgorup National Park
Yalgorup is on Preston Beach Road in Mandurah and here there are bush-walking trails. It is a narrow coastal strip, which has 10 lakes that run in a chain.

You can walk around Lake Clifton and Lake Preston, where you are likely to see several different animals.

14. Francois Peron National Park
This National Park can be reached via Monkey Mia Road, Denham and is a 10-minute drive from Denham.

Once a sheep station, the park is now one of the most important wilderness areas in Australia and is home to many rare and endangered species.

From the Peron homestead precinct, just six kilometres off the Monkey Mia Road, there are self-guided station walk trails and even a hot tub where you can soak in artesian water.

15. Serpentine National Park
Serpentine Park is about an hour's drive from the City Centre and has many bush-walking trails with waterfalls and native wildlife.

Serpentine National Park is known for the Serpentine Falls, which cascade over a sheer granite face.

There are both short and longer trails and one 500 metre walk trail runs along the river and leads to the falls. The Park is about 4300 hectares.

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16. Nambung National Park
Nambung is home to the famous Pinnacles Dessert and there is an easy 1.5 kilometre, 45-minute return walk, through the Pinnacles. This "Desert View" trail departs from the Discovery Centre car park.

The Pinnacles Desert has thousands of huge limestone pillars rise from the shifting yellow sands, and there are also coastal dunes you could walk amongst.

17. Cape Range National Park
This is situated on the west side of Exmouth's North West Cape and has rugged limestone ranges, and covers some 50,581 hectares. There are hiking trails throughout with an abundance of wildlife.

18. Mt Frankland
Mount Frankland, has a lookout at the summit which is spectacular. The hike is achievable for anyone with relatively good stamina.

The Summit Trail is a short but fairly steep sealed path which leads you half way to the top of Mt Frankland, where you will find the start of the stairs. This path is the start of the summit walk. This is quite a strenuous climb and takes about 30-minutes to go up without stopping.
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