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The must visit National Parks in Western Australia
Western Australia is home to some of the country's most spectacular National Parks. From pristine white beaches where Kangaroos relax to hiking huge mountains for sunrise, WA's national park locations are sure to make your road trip one to remember.
If you're ready to hit the road and enjoy the absolute best of what Western Australia has on offer, here are 5 of the most spectacular National Parks in WA!
We recognise and acknowledge the traditional owners of the below National Parks.
Cape Le Grand National Park - South Coast
The bright white beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park in Esperance are up there with the absolute best in the world. It's not really a big surprise that many camping families who love swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding and fishing have Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay, Thistle coves and many more on their holiday bucket lists.
Lucky Bay is one of the more picturesque beaches in the world. The white sand, crystal clear blue water surrounded by granite rock formations - it is obvious why this stretch of beach is so popular. There are 25 campsites at Lucky Bay campground, which can accommodate tents and caravans - within the campgrounds there are barbecues, solar-heated showers and flushing toilets.
From Lucky Bay there are plenty of incredible day trips to the surrounding beaches and hiking trails. Cape Le Grand is most definitely one to add to your list!
Cape Range National Park - Coral Coast
Cape Range National Park offers hiking along the range, 4WDing and snorkelling in the many bays! Snorkelling within Cape Range National Park is probably the most popular activity for travellers. There are countless beaches where you can simply jump into the clear blue water and swim a mere 10 meters before you discover an abundance of coral and amazing fish life! Swim a little longer and you'll no doubt see Green Sea Turtles, Stingrays and Reef Sharks.
There are quite a few places to camp within Cape Range National Park, but the pick of the bunch is Osprey Bay. Osprey Bay is an outstanding location offering fantastic swimming, snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding - and it is perfect for simply relaxing on the beach or launching your boat from the shore.
As you head south in the national park, you will come across the stunning Yardie Creek Gorge which has an easy walk that offers views down into the gorge where Rock Wallabies play. Another option is to explore the gorge by taking a tour boat or kayak.
If you're planning a trip to the Ningaloo Coast, don't miss Cape Range National Park!
Stirling Range National - The Great Southern
This unique National Park is a must visit when you are in South West, Western Australia. Home to the only significant mountain in South WA, it is host to many hikes and self drives that allow you to see the very best of the area.
There are a large number of mountains that you are able to get right to the peak of. The highest being the famous Bluff Knoll. This walk attracts people all year round and is a very rewarding but challenging hike. With a very well maintained track many people head up in the dark to catch the sunrise from the top.
Bluff Knoll is a spectacular view and treats many hikers to misty mornings above the clouds, epic sunsets and once or twice a year, some snow! Mount Toolbrunup is another hiker's dream, though more of a scramble in sections, reaching the peak is well worth the effort! There are a few other notable hikes such as Mount Trio, Mount Magogg and Mount Hassell. It is easy to spend some time here exploring the amazing mountains especially during spring where the wildflowers are in bloom. The Stirling Range National Park has an abundance of wildflowers from mid-August to around late-October. There are many wildflower walks in the Stirling Range National Park, though they are hard to miss as you will see them in most picnic areas and even on the side of the road.
There are two main places to camp when visiting the Stirling Range National Park. The Stirling Range Retreat which offers both camping and cabins and Mt Trio Caravan Park, which is more of a bush camp style stay where you can immerse yourself in nature.
Kalbarri National Park - The MidWest
Kalbarri National Park is one that seems to get spoken about a little less than others. Though, this location is extremely underrated! In an unsuspecting location in the MidWest of Western Australia, the Murchison River has cut an impressive 80km gorge into the sandstone.
This national park is known for having one of the best lookout platforms in all of Australia, the Skywalk enables you to walk right out over the gorge and take in the expansive views of the National Park. This perspective is breathtaking and it is easy to get lost in the scenery and stand out there for quite some time.
You may have seen photos of the "Natures Window", the iconic spot is not only an impressive formation but is a window which frames the unique view looking down the gorge. If you're visiting Kalbarri National Park, this spot is a must!
Kalbarri National Park is perfect for all hiking enthusiasts. There are a number of scenic walks on offer at Kalbarri National Park, but keep in mind this National Park experiences extreme temperatures so be sure to pack plenty of water and food when hitting the trails. The most popular trails include - Nature's Window and the Loop, Z Bend Lookout, River Trail and Four Ways Trail.
If you want even more to do here, there is abseiling, rock climbing, rafting and canoeing! This place has it all! And what is even better, it is all 2wd accessible.
Karijini National Park - The Pilbara
Karijini National Park is Western Australia's second largest national park! Within the National Park there are a number of different gorges that you can hike into and each one is different to the next. With awesome red rock formations, wading through water, squeezing through chasms and climbing down ladders, Karijini is perfect for all types of adventurers.
There are 3 main areas of Karijini which are made of different gorges. It is highly recommended to spend at least 3-5 days in the National Park because it is quite spread out but each gorge can take some time to hike.
Dales Campground is probably one of the best campsites that WA has to offer. It is traditional outback camping and is extremely peaceful with lots of birdlife and basic facilities. Dales Campground is also only a short walk to Fortescue Falls and the famous Fern Pool where you can enjoy a beautiful swim each day under the impressive waterfalls!
Karijini Eco Retreat's glamping tents have got you sorted if you're not so experienced at the whole camping thing but want to combine the iconic red dust of Australia's pilbara with some style and creature comforts. Hike to nearby Joffre Gorge or take in one of the many guided tours of Karijini National Park for a truly immersive experience.
If you are looking for other Western Australian camping spots make sure to check out our list of top 10 spots to camp in Western Australia. Once you know where your next camping trip is, be sure to check out our Adventure Centre for loads of camping ideas, helpful tips and much more.