Francois Peron National Pk
Francois Peron National Park lies within the Shark Bay World Heritage area and adjacent to the Shark Bay Marine Park. The park covers 52,500 hectares of arid shrublands, rolling sandplains and spectacular coastal scenery. Features of Peron Peninsula contributed to Shark Bay's listing as a World Heritage Area. Not only in the peninsula an ample of superlative natural phenomena, it also contains important and significant habitats for the conservation of biodiversity. These World Heritage values make Francois Peron one of WA's most unique national parks.
Vehicle Access-Access to Francois Peron Park is from the Monkey Mia road, about 4 kilometres east of Denham. The road to the Peron Homestead is seasonally accessable for 2wheel-drive vehicles but four wheel-drive vehicles (4WD) are recommended. A wilderness experience for 4WD vehicles on dirt tracks to designated camping grounds and fishing spots.
For travel further north into the park, a high clearance 4WD is essential. North of the Peron Homestead is not suitable for large caravans or boat trailers. Do not drive over the Birridas. Their geological structure consists of a thin surface crust over a bog mire, kept wet by groundwater. Vehicles attempting to cross birridas will get bogged. Explore by 4WD the scenic coastline featuring low shrub lands, rust red sand dunes and spectacular flowering plants in winter and spring. A wilderness experience for 4WD vehicles on dirt tracks to designated camping grounds and fishing spots. CALM has developed campsites at Bottle Bay, Gregories, South Gregories, Herald Bight and Big Lagoon. Big Lagoon is a spectacular sheltered waterway of calm lagoons where fish abound. No freshwater available, so please take sufficient supplies. Ideal place to watch marine mammals from the shore including dolphins dugongs, rays and sharks.
The Peron Homestead Precinct
The Peron Homestead precinct provides and insight into how life was when the park was a working sheep station. A self guided walk around the precinct explores the history of the area, visiting the shearing shed, shearer's quarters and stock yards. Interpretive signs explain the stations interesting history along the way. A small interpretive centre depicts stories of Indigenous inhabitants, European colonisation and current day conservation programs such as Project Eden.
The 'Hot Tub' is a popular stop to relax and soak in the hot artesian waters that originaly supplied vital water to the station's stock. A barbeque and lawns are provided for picnics.
The Wanamalu Trail
The Wanamalu Trail stretches for 1.5 kilometres along the cliff edge between Cape Peron and skipjack Point. This 45 minute (one way) walk provides excellent views of the coastline an interpretive signs along the trail provide an introduction to the features of the area. Two viewing platforms at Skipjack Point provide spectacular coastal views and the opportunity to view Shark Bay's abundant marine life.
Recreational fishing is a popular activity in the shark Bay area and many species will tak a bait all year round. Species commonly encountered on Peron peninsular include whiting, bream and kingfish. Dinghies can be launched from the beaches at Big Lagoon, Gregories, South Gregories, Bottle Bay and Herald Bight.
Please remember that special rules apply to fishing and other activities in the Shark Bay Marine park. Fishing is NOT permitted in sanctuary zones such as in the northern waters of Big Lagoon that are nursery habitat for fish species. In the special purpose zones around Cape Peron and the mouth of Big Lagoon, drop nets for crabs are allowed but set netting and spearfishing are NOT permitted. Because of the prevalence of dolphins and dugongs, waterskiing and freestyle jetskiing are also NOT permitted.
A series of connected lagoons of exceptional beauty that were originally birridas (old salt clay-pans) that have become flooded by the sea. A superb waterway for canoeing with excellent fishing. Located within the Francois Peron National Park.
Camping and Fees
Camping areas are located at Big Lagoon, Gregories, South Gregories, Bottle Bay and Herald Bight. Only limited facilities are provided. No provision is made for caravans. Carry all of your rubbish with you when you leave the park. To protect native plants and animals, firearms and pets are NOT allowed. Entrance and camping fees apply to visitors. A visitor fee collection box is located at the park entrance where you turn off from the Monkey Mia road. Your fees are used to maintain and develop the park. Beautifully maintained camping sites with chemical toilets and free gas barbeques are established throughout the National Park and minimal fees apply when you enter both and/or to the private station properties.
Fires and Water
Wood burning fires of any kind are NOT permitted. Gas barbeques are supplied a camp sites. There is NO drinking water. Always carry your own supplies. Drinking water is available from the Denham town Water Supply on Monkey Mia Road for a small fee.
Project Eden is one of WA's most significant conservation projects. Based at Francois Peron National Park, its aim is to return to Shark Bay native species that have become extinct in other parts of the country because of predation and habitat loss caused by introduced foxes, cats an grazing animals.
Project Eden's integrated whole-ecosystem approach combines feral cat removal with a captive breeding and reintroduction program. Five native species, the woylie and the capive bred banded hare-wallaby, mala, bilby and malleefowl, have been reintroduced into the national park.The woylie, bilby and malleefowl are now successfully established and it is possilbe to see them around he Peron Peninsula. Reintroductions such as chuditch, bandicoots and red-tailed phascogales are also planned for the future.
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