• Alex McArthur

BUSH ESCAPES EPISODE SIX: FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK


In the sixth episode of Bush Escapes we take a look at Fitzgerald River National Park. All the places we visit throughout the series are accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles, so there's no excuses to not see these amazing sights! Below are some more details about the places we've visited throughout this episode. At the bottom of the page is A GoogleMap of this episodes journey along with all the main places we've visited and the route we travelled plotted on it.


Video Credits

writer/director/producer/editor/camera - Alex McArthur

camera - Miguel DeNobrega

executive producers - Alexkorp Films & Miguel DeNobrega

Music sourced from Artlist.io


Music Tracks

Rainy Day - Young Rich Pixies

The Light Descends - Feet on Wood

Within Reach - Always Dreaming

Be The Best - Dreaming

The Rhythm Of Memories - Earth

Good Old Days - Rex Banner


FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

ENTRY - $13(FULL), $7(CONCESSION) PER VEHICLE

FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK STRETCHES FROM THE TOWN OF BREMER BAY 120KM EAST TO THE TOWN OF HOPETOUN. THE ISOLATED PARK IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST BOTANICALLY SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL PARKS IN AUSTRALIA. FITZGERALD RIVER IS HOME TO NEARLY 20 PERCENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S FLORA SPECIES, MANY OF WHICH ARE ONLY FOUND IN THE PARK. THE PARK IS IDEAL FOR NATURE LOVERS AND ADVENTURERS ALIKE WITH A VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES TO EXPLORE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PARK. WHETHER YOU WANT TO CLIMB LARGE QUARTZITE PEAKS, RELAX ON WHITE SANDY BEACHES OR EXPLORE THE LIMESTONE CLIFFTOPS AND CRYSTAL CLEAR INLETS, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. IN THE RIGHT SEASON (JULY TO OCTOBER) YOU CAN WATCH THE SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES TAKING SHELTER IN THE BAYS FROM PURPOSE BUILT WHALE WATCHING PLATFORMS AROUND THE PARK. THREE CAMPGROUNDS ACCESSIBLE BY 2WD ARE SPREAD ACROSS THE PARK, WITH ALL THREE CLOSE TO THE COAST. NO BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE FOR THE CAMPGROUNDS IN FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK.


NEARBY TOWNS TO FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

THE TOWN OF BREMER BAY IS THE CLOSEST TOWN TO THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE PARK. BREMER BAY IS 40KM SOUTH OF THE WESTERN BORDER OF THE PARK. THE CLOSEST TOWN TO THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE PARK IS HOPETOUN, WHICH IS 15KM EAST OF THE EASTERN ENTRANCE OF THE PARK. WHEN DRIVING AROUND THE PARK FROM WEST TO EAST YOU'LL PASS THROUGH THE TOWNS OF JERRAMUNGUP AND RAVENSTHORPE. ALL OF THESE TOWNS HAVE YOU COVERED FOR FUEL AND FOOD SUPPLIES, ALTHOUGH THERE IS LIMITED SHOPPING IN JERRAMUNGUP.


NO FIRES IN FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

FIRES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME IN FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK.


NO DOGS IN FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

No dogs are allowed in the campgrounds or any of the major landmarks within the park. DPAW conducts baiting with 1080 poison as part of its Western Shield animal conservation program in Fitzgerald River National Park. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs, so its probably best to leave the pooch at home if you're going to this park . To see all the locations of the Western Shield Animal Conservation program click here


BARBECUES IN FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

There are barbecues at the St Mary, Hamersley Inlet and Four Mile campgrounds. If you intend on using the barbecues it is a good idea to take some long matches or a long handle lighter as they can be difficult to start without them.


NO RUBBISH BINS

Most of the sites throughout Fitzgerald River National Park do not have rubbish bins so be prepared to take your rubbish with you.



FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS


St Mary Campground

St Mary campground is nestled in a pocket of coastal scrub next to St Mary Inlet behind the foredunes of Point Ann off the back of Point Charles bay. The campground is located on the western side of the park, 550km southeast of Perth and a 70km drive north of Bremer Bay. The sites are spread out nicely and there are trees and shrubs separating the camp sites from one another. St Mary Inlet and Point Charles bay are just a short walk away and Point Ann is a two minute drive up the road. I recommend taking a couple of deckchairs down to the inlet and watching the spectacular sunset over the nearby west mount barren. There are a couple of barbecues with picnic tables dotted around the campground with shared toilet facilities. The St Mary campground is generally pretty quiet, but during the whale watching season from July to October and the christmas holidays the campground can fill up so its best to get there early or have a backup plan in place as there are no bookings for the campground.

-20+ individual campsites

-$8(Adults), $6(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for St Mary campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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Hamersley Inlet campground

The Hamersley Inlet campground is located just off the shore of Hamersley Inlet towards the middle of Fitzgerald River National Park and is run by the shire of Ravensthorpe. There are 14 sites in total, catering for large vehicles through to tents and swags. The campground is set out in three lanes, with 5 campsites to a lane (4 sites in one of the lanes). The sites themselves are pretty basic, but there are fantastic shared kitchen, picnic table and toilet amenities. The sites are well spaced, with coastal shrub separating the sites from one another though the sites are on the side of the road. The shore of Hamersley Inlet is just a short walk away and it is truly spectacular. Hamersley Inlet is different from other inlets in the park because it was carved out of the hard schist and quartzite rock of the surrounding headlands and ranges. As a result it holds water for much longer, creating a favourable environment for wildlife which flourish in and around the water. The inlet hums with activity and its glassy water is ever inviting. The Hamersley Inlet campground is 600km southeast of Perth and 30km west of Hopetoun. The campground is popular on weekends and school holidays so if you are going down at those times its best to get there early as there are no booking facilities.

-14 individual campsites

-$10 per night per site

-No Bookings

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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Four Mile Campground

The Four Mile campground is located on the eastern side of the park, 580km southeast of Perth and 15km west of Hopetoun. The campground is just off the back of Four Mile beach and has 15 campsites nestled amongst the coastal scrub. The campsites are basic, with some campsites located close to the road and others deep in the scrub. The sites deep in the scrub are very well isolated and really give you the sense you are deep in the bush. The only downside of these sites is that you do have to be wary of kangaroo ticks, as we found out... They aren't a major problem but you do have to be vigilant in ensuring your campsite is nice and secure, so they cant sneak into your tent or swag. it's also a good idea to check yourself before going to bed to make sure you don't have any unwanted passengers. If you don't want to worry about the kangaroo ticks, the sites closer to the road are a better option. The campground has fantastic shared barbecue, picnic table and toilet facilities and is popular during weekends and school holidays, so if you are going down in peak season its best to get there early as there are no booking facilities.

-15 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $7(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for Four Mile campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTS

WEST MOUNT BARREN

West Mount Barren is located on the western edge of the park and is a 1 hour drive north of Bremer Bay. The peak is 355m above sea level and from the top there are sweeping 360 degree views of the western side of the park. The walk to the summit is a class 4, 1.7km walk and the path to the top is very clear all the way to the summit. The hike is pretty easy and should take around 1-2 hours for the return walk. The peak is made of a pale grey quartzite and along the hike you will see some of the unique botanical features, with 62 plant species found only in Fitzgerald River National Park. For directions to West Mount Barren click here


POINT ANN

Point Ann is on the western side of the park and is 70km northeast of the town of Bremer Bay. Fitzgerald River National Park is known for its prime whale watching spots and there are none better in the park than Point Ann. The secluded bay has several whale watching platforms on clifftops at either end of the bay and if you find yourself there between the months of July and October you may get to see something truly spectacular. Southern-Right whales take shelter in many of the bays of Fitzgerald River during this time to give birth to their young, before returning to deeper waters as summer approaches. Southern-Right whales calve every three years on average and their newborn are between 4.5 and 6m long, weighing in at 1.5 tonne on average. During the summer months the spot is a great spot for a swim or a picnic and there are barbecues and picnic tables near the beach to enjoy the impressive views from. For directions to Point Ann click here


MILEYS BEACH

Mileys beach is located on the eastern side of the park and is 20km west of the town of Hopetoun. To get out on to Mileys beach from the carpark you cross a small wooden bridge across a creek and then follow the creek bed for around 400m between small limestone cliffs out onto the beach. The beach itself is quite long and as a result there is a carpark at the eastern end of the beach as well. The western edge of the beach is lined with dark jagged rocks and to the eastern edge of the beach there are some truly fascinating rock formations, such as the ones pictured above. The far end of the eastern edge of the beach is home to a sheltered pocket of the bay and this is probably the best spot on the beach to go for a swim (caution should be taken as water conditions can be volatile and change quickly) or have a picnic. During the winter months migrating southern-right whales sometimes take shelter close to the shore at Mileys beach. For directions to Mileys Beach click here


CAVE POINT

Cave Point is on the eastern side of the park, between Mileys Beach and West Beach, 20km east of Hopetoun. From the carpark it is an easy 600m walk to the lookout where you can take in the impressive views of the coastline and the vast southern ocean. The Lookout is on the edge of some very sheer siltstone and quartzite cliffs and the view to the east, of East Mount Barren and the coastline that leads to it, is quite spectacular. West Beach is right next to Cave Point and there is an easy 1.6km walk trail between the two that offers fantastic views of the clifftops and West Beach.For directions to Cave Point click here


WEST BEACH

West Beach is a stunning little bay located on the eastern side of the park. Like most of the bays in the park, this bay also offers opportunities to see migrating Southern-Right whales taking shelter with their young in the colder months. Another rock-hoppers dream awaits in this bay as there are many fascinating schist and quartzite rock formations that line the beachfront. Like many of the beaches in the region the conditions are volatile and can change quickly so swimming is not recommended but don't let that put you off seeing one of the best beaches in the region. For directions to West Beach click here


EAST MOUNT BARREN

East Mount Barren is located on the eastern side of the park and offers the best views in the park of the eastern side. The rugged quartzite peak is 311m above sea level at the summit and there is a fantastic 2.6km hike trail that guides you to the top. The walk is moderately difficult, with loose rocks most of the way along the path, so decent footwear is a must. All along the walk trail you get great views, but once at the summit the best views of the park can be had. To the north you get a fantastic view of the nearby Eyre Ranges and to the east you get a spectacular view of four mile beach, the Culham Inlet and Hopetoun far off in the distance. To find the lookout to the eastern side you must go through a very narrow and overgrown path after you reach the summit that may not be clearly apparent when you first get up there, but it's not that long and the view is absolutely worth it. The walk is rated a class 4, takes around 2-3 hours return and the path is quite clear (except for the path to the eastern lookout). For directions to East Mount Barren click here


BARRENS BEACH

Barrens Beach is located at the foot of East Mount Barren on the eastern side of the park and offers spectacular views of the rugged coastline. The beach is very well sheltered and is one of the best spots in the park to go for a swim safely. Walking east down the beach you pass through some large beachfront boulders to get to the neighbouring four-mile beach and from there it is a short walk to the Four-Mile campground.

For Directions to Barrens Beach click here


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