Fitzgerald National Park
Fitzgerald National Park is a large park that is all about amazingly varied flora and rugged coastal scenery. Fitzgerald NP has been declared a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve due to it being one of the most diverse botanical regions anywhere in the world. In fact, 20% of all WA's plant species can be found in this National Park.
Near the centre of the park is a stunning collection of coastal hills called The Barrens. The park offers excellent opportunities to see native wildlife up close and according to DEC (Dept of Environment and Conservation) is one of the state's most important, in terms of fauna conservation.
Fitzgerald National Park is essentially a park of two halves. The eastern side is accessed from Hopetoun and the Western side is accessed from Bremer Bay. Travelling form one side to the other is via the South Coast Highway.
Available in many sections of the park. Best camping in our opinion is Quoin Head. It is somewhat sheltered from your constant companion in these parts - the wind. Small camping area, 4WD track (approx 30 km) to enter with steep descent to beach possibly too hairy for a campervan. Quoin Head is in the eastern (Hopetoun) side of the park. Track to Quoin Head is often closed after rain to prevent the spread of dieback. In laymans terms, dieback is a plant disease that is spread by mud etc carried in on vehicles.
4 Mile camping area near Barron's Beach and cleared areas on Moirs Track along Philip River provide additional camping.
If only briefly visiting the park, Hopetoun Caravan Park is within an easy drive of the eastern side of the park and is relatively well priced.
Check information boards for other camping scattered throughout the park.
- Per adult/per night $6.50
- Concession cardholders/per night $4.50
- School age child under 16 $2
Best time of year
Spring (wildflowers June - Sept) but can be windy. We prefer late summer/early Autumn.
Hopetoun for eastern side of park and Bremer Bay for the western side. Both of these towns have fuel, food and limited other supplies.
Fitzgerald NP is halfway between Albany in the west and Esperance in the east (180km) for major supplies.
Things to do
4WDriving, Sightseeing, walking, photography, camping, canoeing, fishing. Whalewatching is especially good in the winter months from the cliffs at Point Ann. This viewing area is often compared to that of Head of Bight in South Australia.
Campgrounds, Barbecues, Picnic Areas, Toilets, No drinking water available.
From our experience in the times we have visited Fitzgerald National Park, and from conversations with fellow travellers, this area seems to be a haven for Tiger Snakes. As with any camping trip or bushwalking, use caution.
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