Alexander Morrison National Park

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Alexander Morrison National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Alexander Morrison National Park is located in Western Australia
Alexander Morrison National Park
Alexander Morrison National Park
Nearest town or cityCoorow
Coordinates30°05′02″S 115°29′10″E / 30.08389°S 115.48611°E / -30.08389; 115.48611Coordinates: 30°05′02″S 115°29′10″E / 30.08389°S 115.48611°E / -30.08389; 115.48611
Area85 km2 (32.8 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesParks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteAlexander Morrison National Park
See alsoList of protected areas of
Western Australia

Alexander Morrison National Park is a national park in Western Australia, located 207 kilometres (129 mi) north of Perth in the Shire of Coorow along the Green Head-Coorow Road. It was named for Alexander Morrison, the first Government Botanist of Western Australia.


The 8,500 hectares (21,004 acres) park contains sandplains and low lateritic breakaways over sandstones and shales of the Lower Jurassic Cockleshell Gully Formation. Sand heaths are the dominant vegetation, but the park also contains extensive stands of low woodland and mallee typical of the area,[2] especially in the western parts of the park. Prominent eucalypt species in the area are Powder-barked Wandoo (Eucalyptus accedens) and Mallalie (E. eudesmoides), while the heaths are rich in species typical of the region and include rare species such as spiral bush (Spirogardnera rubescens). The northern variant of Banksia vestita is also common.[3]


Land for the national park was set aside by the Department of Lands and Surveys under Reserves ↑26800, ↑26803 and ↑26804 on 23 May 1969, and over 1970 and 1971, the land was classified as an "A" Class reserve, meaning its purpose could not be changed except by an Act of Parliament,[4] and vested in the National Parks Authority of Western Australia; the park was officially named on 8 October 1971.[5]

The Environmental Protection Authority recommended in 1974 that a one-kilometre-wide strip of vacant Crown land on the south side of Green Head-Coorow Road be added to the reserve[3] – however, this was not actioned.

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  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011.
  2. ^ Fairfax Digital (8 February 2004). "Travel - Eneabba". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b Conservation through Reserves Committee (31 January 1975). Conservation Reserves in Western Australia - Report 1974 (Green Book). Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia. pp. 5–21. ISBN 0-7244-5934-0.
  4. ^ Jenkins, C. F. H. (Clee) (1980). The National Parks of Western Australia. National Parks Authority of Western Australia. p. 19. ISBN 0-7244-8176-1.
  5. ^ "Reserves (per 1183/69, 1184/69, 1185/69)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 23 May 1969. p. 1969:1529. (Reserves 26800, 26803 and 26804)
    * "Land Act 1933-1969 - Order in Council (per 1183/69)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 10 July 1970. p. 1970:2029. See also 29 January 1971 p. 1971:278, 19 February 1971 p. 1971:452.
    * "Naming of Alexander Morrison National Park (per 2531/54 V2)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 8 October 1971. p. 1971:3952.