Get back to nature in Perth's national, nature and marine parks.
Discover some stunning scenery on offer in the national, nature and marine parks of Perth and surrounds which you can explore by foot, bike, or snorkel! See some of the top parks in each region below. For information on fees for entry and camping in many of the parks managed by The Department of Parks and Wildlife visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au.
Canning River Regional Park
Canning River Regional Park is located nine kilometres south-east of Perth - the park has cycle ways, walkways, picnic areas and the historic Woodloes Homestead can also be found here. Find out more.
Swan Estuary Marine Park
The Swan Estuary Marine Park encompasses Alfred Cove, Pelican Point, and Milyu. Internationally protected waders visit these three areas every summer and the the most popular activities are walking and cycling along the scenic riverside and fishing. Find out more.
Matilda Bay Reserve
Matilda Bay Reserve features grassy parkland framing the waters of the Swan River, Perth City and Kings Park. It accommodates cafes, restaurants and has a series of universally accessible pedestrian and cycle paths. It is the ideal place to picnic on shady river banks, as well as sail, row or watch the sunset. Find out more.
Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park, located only 45 minutes north of Perth's city centre attracts over 240,000 visitors each year - enjoy barbeque and picnic facilities, scenic walk trails and an abundance of native animals and plants. It is also home to Perth's only tourist show cave, the glistening Crystal Cave. Find out more.
Neerabup National Park
As you travel north from Perth to Yanchep National Park you pass a long, thin, and seemingly ordinary, piece of Australian bush. But if you stop and venture beyond the first few metres of banksias or tuarts, you will find a relatively undisturbed example of coastal plain vegetation. Find out more.
Herdsman Lake Regional Park
Herdsman Lake Regional Park, 10 minutes from Perth, has an abundance of facilities and things to do - the park has many walking and cycling tracks, playground facilities, grassed parklands and a wildlife viewing centre. Find out more.
Yellagonga Regional Park
Yellagonga Regional Park is only 20 kilometres north of Perth City in the shires of Joondalup and Wanneroo and is a 30 minute drive from the City. The park covers 1,500 hectares and contains numerous activities to keep both young and old entertained. Find out more.
Marmion Marine Park
Marmion Marine Park, Western Australia's (WA's) first marine park lies off the coast of Perth's northern suburbs between Trigg Island and Burns Beach – enjoy boating, surfing, windsurfing and swimming. Find out more.
Beeliar Regional Park
Beeliar Regional Park is one of the most important systems of lakes and wetlands in Perth - It is a popular recreation and picnic area linked by cycle ways and walk paths. It consists of two chains of wetlands comprised of 26 lakes and numerous wetalnds stretching 25km along the coast and covering an area of approximately 3400 hectares. Find out more.
Jandakot Regional Park
Jandakot Regional Park includes a mosaic of small to large fragmented reserves that together cover almost 3000ha of land.For those seeking a unique nature experience Jandakot Regional Park offers a range of intriguing landscapes including banksia woodland, wetlands and rural remnants. Find out more.
Woodman Point Regional Park
Located approximately 9km south of Fremantle, Woodman Point features a traditional beach coastline, with a distinguishing bushy backdrop of tuart woodlands remnants. Woodman Point is a very popular recreation spot and comes complete with parklands, playgrounds, jetties and caravan parks. Find out more.
Carnac Island Nature Reserve
This picturesque limestone island, which is only a short boat ride from Fremantle, is a popular destination for commercial boat tours, which bring visitors to view the local sea lions. The island also is an important nesting habitat for seabirds such as little penguins and cormorants. Find out more.
Rockingham Lakes Regional Park
Prehistoric species, rare plants, seasonal lakes, underwater snorkel adventures and land yacht sailing – there is something for everyone at Rockingham Lakes Regional Park. The hub of the park is Cape Peron with boat launching facilities, viewing platforms, car parks and a walk trail along the coast. Find out more.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park encompasses a diverse marine environment - the park is great for boating and swimming and there are good surfing conditions off the western edge of Penguin Island. View more.
The Don Shepherd Nature Reserve
The Don Shepherd Nature Reserve houses the Nyoongar Trail, with six cultural interpretive signs with artwork depicting each of the six seasons. Discover Jarrah, Banksia and Marri trees with an undergrowth of flowering shrubs, orchids and other wildflowers. Find out more.
Walyunga National Park
Walyunga National Park covers 1,800 hectares of the Darling Range, tucked behind the Darling Scarp, covering both sides of a steep valley. Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River which passes through the tree lined valley. Find out more.
Greenmount National Park
Greenmount National Park is one of the smaller national parks along the Darling Scarp. It has significance in Aboriginal folklore and also featured very early on in early European setter's diaries. This park offers great opportunities for bushwalking, wildlife observation, sightseeing and photography. Find out more.
John Forrest National Park
John Forrest National Park has excellent recreational facilities including barbecues, picnic areas and trails - view the beautiful scenery throughout the park and spend time at Hovea Falls, Jane Brook and the National Park Falls. Find out more.
Beelu National Park
This is a beautiful 3000-hectare serene forest location offers visitors many popular recreation sites, birdwatching opportunities, panoramic views over Lake CY O'Connor and Mundaring Weir. Beelu has many trails either passing through or originating from the Perth Hills Discovery Centre. Find out more.
Kalamunda National Park
An easy day trip from Perth, Kalamunda National Park is one of the less frequented large parks of the Darling Scarp. The 375-hectare national park is notable for its diversity of native plants, world class woodlands of jarrah, marri, wandoo and butter gum and various walk trails. Find out more.
Korung National Park
Located around the townsites of Karragullen and Pickering Brook, this 6000 ha park, formerly unofficially known as Pickering Brook National Park, is popular for bushwalking. The Munda Biddi Bike Trail and the Kattamorda Heritage Trail run through parts of this park. Find out more.
Midgegooroo National Park
Located between Brookton Highway and the Canning Reservoir, this 2500-hectare park is mainly jarrah forest and forms an important water catchment area for the reservoir. The Park has high conservation values with many plant and animal species being located within its boundaries and adjacent areas. Find out more.
Gooseberry Hill National Park
This hilly, 33-ha reserve has magnificent views of the Swan Coastal Plain. A one-way scenic drive, known as the Zig-Zag, leads downhill through the park and provides amazing photography and birdwatching opportunities. Find out more.
Helena National Park
Located to the east of Lake CY Connor and south-east of Mundaring Weir around the Mount Dale area, this 8000-hectare park includes the popular recreation site of Mount Dale which provides almost uninterrupted 360° views over the National Park and surrounding State Forest areas. Find out more.
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Serpentine National Park
Serpentine National Park located just 50 kilometres south-east of Perth is best known for its waterfall and dams - this picturesque national park protects more than 4,300 hectares of area. Find out more.
Yalgorup National Park
Nestled between a frequently travelled highway and the Indian Ocean, just south of Mandurah, lies a series of lakes and reserves that together make up the largest national park on the Swan Coastal Plain. The park is known for its beautiful tuart and peppermint woodlands and for the microscopic communities that reside in Lake Clifton and form thrombolites. Find out more.
Lane Poole Reserve
Just over 100 kilometres from Perth lies Lane Poole Reserve. Covering more than 50,000 hectares it is the largest park in the northern jarrah forest. It is an ideal place for camping, canoeing, bushwalking, mountainbiking, fishing and horseriding. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Find out more.
Avon Valley National Park
Avon Valley National Park, 80 kilometres north-east of Perth via the Toodyay Road is known for a wide variety of birds, wildlife and spectacular scenery across the Avon Valley. The campgrounds have wood barbecues, picnic tables and pit toilets. Find out more.
Wandoo National Park
Situated between Great Southern Highway and Brookton Highway this 44,000-hectare national park features areas of wandoo forest and granite outcrops. The Mount Observation recreation site is situated off Great Southern Highway about 80km from Perth via The Lakes. Find out more.
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