Shire of Coorow
The Shire of Coorow is a local government area located in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 290 kilometres north of Perth, the state capital, about 130 kilometres south of the city of Geraldton. The Shire covers an area of 4,194 square kilometres and its seat of government is the town of Coorow, with the largest settlement being Leeman; the area was part of the Carnamah Road District. On 19 April 1962, the Shire of Coorow was created; the Shire has eight councillors, elected at large. Wards were abolished in 2003. Coorow Green Head Gunyidi Leeman Marchagee Waddy Forest Warradarge Official website Biographical Dictionary of Coorow and Three Springs
Francois Peron National Park
Francois Peron National Park is a national park on the Peron Peninsula in Western Australia, 726 km north of Perth, located within the boundary of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. The nearest towns to the park are Denham, found on the southern edge of the park and Carnarvon, found about 80 kilometres to the north. Aboriginal Australians were the initial inhabitants of the area and have been living there for over 26,000 years; the local peoples who speak the Malgana language call the area Wulyibidi. It is named after the French naturalist and explorer François Péron, the zoologist aboard Nicolas Baudin's 1801 and 1803 scientific expeditions to Western Australia, is situated within the bounds of the earlier pastoral lease of the Peron Station. Locations from the French exploration era include: Guichenault Cape Lesueur Lake MontbazinA pearling camp was established on the peninsula at Herald Bight in the 1880s and the remains of the shells can still be found along the beach. Used as a sheep station from the early 1900s onwards the station was sold to the state government in 1990.
It was gazetted on 8 January 1993 as a National Park – through the purchase of Peron Station in 1990. It is adjacent to and surrounded by the Shark Bay Marine Park to the west and east, by the Denham to Monkey Mia road to the south. Picnic, boat launching and camping areas along the west coast of the Peninsula include: Big Lagoon Cape Lesueur Cattle Well South Gregories Gregories Bottle Bay List of protected areas of Western Australia Denham, Western Australia Monkey Mia Edward Duyker François Péron: An Impetuous Life: Naturalist and Voyager, Miegunyah/MUP, Melb. 2006, pp. 349, ISBN 978-0-522-85260-8. Francois Peron National Park page at the Department of Parks and Wildlife website Francois Peron National Park page at SharkBay.org Francois Peron National Park page at the Shire of Shark Bay website
Greenmount National Park
Greenmount National Park is a national park in the locality of Greenmount, Western Australia, 22 km east of Perth. It is one of the smaller National Parks along the Darling Scarp and is a component of the Darling Range Regional Park. Due to its proximity to John Forrest National Park, which used to be known as Greenmount National Park until 1928, relationship to subsequent reserves to the south it is a vital scarp wildlife corridor. Bus tours were available from Perth in 1933 with Hill's Bus Tours offering passengers a tour around the park on Sundays in September. Beam Transport Ltd. offered a similar service through the Park to Mundaring Weir in 1937. As a feature adjacent to the Helena River Valley it has significance in aboriginal folklore, featured early on in early European settler's diaries. Mountain Quarry, Western Australia is one of several blue stone quarries located within the park, popular with rock climbers and walkers. Vehicle access to the quarry site is restricted however a car-park and picnic facilities including toilets are within walking distance of the main site, accessible on foot.
There are several panels containing historical information about the site spread around as part of the popular Railway Reserves Heritage Trail which runs close to the quarry. The Boya/Koongamia leg of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail known as the "Bridle Trail", curves around the south-western edge of the park, crossing through the Mountain Quarry car-park and picnic area. In the early 2000s significant bushfire damage occurred on the southern slopes of this park. Large fire-breaks dissect the park serving as popular walking routes among locals; the western and northern slopes, visible from Great Eastern Highway have extensive Watsonia infestations. In late 2005, the Government Authority in charge of the national park was taking steps to prevent vehicular access along the top of the ridge to the lookout due to non stop vandalism and issues with residents adjacent to the park; the park is situated along the side of Greenmount Hill and has majestic views over the Swan Coastal Plain below and Perth City below.
The dominant vegetation in the park is eucalypts such as Marri and Wandoo along with an array of wild flowers and heathland along the northern slopes. The hill contain several breakaways and rocky outcrops. Protected areas of Western Australia Western Australia. Dept. of Conservation and Land Management. A recreational development plan for-- Kalamunda National Park, Lesmurdie Falls National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Greenmount National Park Como, W. A.: Conservation and Land Management, 1989
Cape Le Grand National Park
Cape Le Grand National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 631 km south-east of Perth and 56 km east of Esperance. The park covers an area of 31,801 hectares The area is an ancient landscape, above sea level for well over 200 million years and remained unglaciated; as a result, the area is home to many primitive relict species. Established in 1966, the park is managed by the Department of Wildlife; the name Le Grand is from one of the officers on L'Espérance, one of the ships in the 1792 expedition of Bruni d'Entrecasteaux. The area has been traversed for thousands of years by Aboriginal peoples who most used the granite outcrops for shelter and to made use of the abundant natural resources; the first recorded non-indigenous visitors was in 1792 when French expedition ships commanded by Admiral D'Entrecasteaux navigated the Recherche Archipelago. The cape was named in honour of an officer on L'Esperance who climbed the tall ships mast during a storm to identify a safe place to wait it out.
British explorer Matthew Flinders dropped anchor in Lucky Bay in 1802. Rossiter Bay is named after the captain of the French Whaling ship Mississippi who saved explorer Edward John Eyre and his Aboriginal companion Wylie from starvation after they had completed their famed crossing of the Nullarbor Plain in 1841. Less notable accounts exist of whalers and pirates using the bays and isles for their trade over the past few hundred years. Cape Le Grand was established as a national park in 1966; the granite shoreline and white sand beaches are picturesque features of the area. The park is a used for fishing, off-roading and hiking. Beaches within the Park include those at Lucky Bay, Rossiter Bay, Hellfire Bay, Le Grand Beach, Thistle Cove; the islands and waters to the south of the park are known as the Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, another protected area of the Recherche Archipelago and nearby coastal regions. The Cape Arid National Park is located to the east; the south-west section of the Park is dominated by rock outcrops of gneiss and granite.
These form a distinctive chain of peaks including Mount Le Grand, Frenchman Peak and Mississippi Hill. Further inland, the park comprises heath-covered sandplain, interspersed with swamps and pools of fresh water; the sandplains support dense stands of banksias. Other flora that can be found around the park include Melaleucas, sheoaks, Christmas tree and grass trees. Wildflower blooms peak in the austral spring, lasting until October and species such as blue china orchid Cyanicula gemmata, Diuris corymbosa, Hakea laurina, Thysanotus sparteus and Thelymitra macrophylla are represented within the park. Fauna that are found within the park include bandicoots, pygmy honey possums, ring tailed possums and western grey kangaroos; some of the relict species with gondwanan links that are found within the park include legless lizards, like the common scaly-foot Pygopus lepidopodus, Delma fraseri, Delma australis and Aprasia striolata. The ancient, although non-gondwanan, blind snake Ramphotyphlops australis is found within the park.
Endemic frogs found within the area include the |quacking frog Crinia georgiana, the banjo frog Limnodynastes dorsalis and the humming frog Neobatrachus pelobatoides. Facilities include toilets, campsites, sheltered areas, walk-trails, information bays and water tanks. Two full-time rangers are resident within the park. Bookings cannot be made for the 15 sites at Cape Le Grand Campground. It's a ` first come' arrangement. During busy holiday periods there is a ` camp host' couple. Protected areas of Western Australia Cape Le Grand National Park travel guide from Wikivoyage Lucky Bay, a beach near the park
Greater Beedelup National Park
Greater Beedelup National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 277 km south of Perth. It is situated on the Vasse Highway some 10 km west of Pemberton; the park is lush and damp due to an abundance of water. Gazetted in 1910, the park was declared an A Class Reserve in 1915; the Pemberton National Parks Board has been responsible for management of the park since 1957. Controlled burns occur within the park and some clear felling operations have been conducted in selected areas that used to be State Forests but have been regenerated since; the park is karri forest, with mixed areas of jarrah and marri. The loamy soil supports large colonies of moss and plants such as the swamp peppermint, karri hazel, myrtle wattle and lemonscented Darwinia all of which thrive in the damp conditions; some of the forest is an excellent example of uncut old-growth forest. Some of the upland areas are sandy and support communities of heath vegetation. Other plants of interest in the area include Crowea dentata, Crowea augustifolia and Choretrum lateriflorum.
Some rare fauna are thought to inhabit the area including the Woylie and the Tammar. Its major attraction is the Beedelup Falls, which are in full flow during spring. A suspension bridge, built in 1995, offers passage across Beedelup Brook and good views of the falls. Another feature of the park is the walk through karri tree, a 400-year-old tree with a large man-made hole cut through at the base large enough for a person to stand in; the park is named after Beedelup brook, named in 1875. It is thought the name Beedelup is derived from the Noongar word Beejalup meaning place of rest or place of sleep. An admission fee applies for this camping is not permitted. A signed walking trail around Beedelup falls, a rest area, picnic area and toilets are available for use by visitors. Protected areas of Western Australia
Coorow, Western Australia
Coorow is a town in the Mid West region of Western Australia, 264 kilometres north of Perth. The townsite of Coorow was gazetted in 1893, its name is derived from the Aboriginal name of a nearby spring, first recorded in 1872. The meaning of the name may be from the word "Curro", the Aboriginal word for a variety of Portulaca, or another source gives it as "many mists"; the town experienced some flooding in 1918 following a deluge of 2.53 inches of rain overnight. The Moore River caused much more severe flooding downstream at Moora. After rapid growth through the early 1920s local settlers began to seek obtaining a hotel licence for the town in 1927; the licence was granted in 1929 to Alexander Gloster who put forward a tender of £1,750, submitted his plans for approval. The hotel was constructed of cement blocks and brick; the two storey building held fifteen rooms for accommodation on the top floor and more accommodation along with a kitchen, commercial room and laundry on the ground floor. The building had an electrical plant installed.
In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding. The town was flooded in 1932 following torrential rains in the area; the town was left under water for at least a day but the water flowed away down the Moore River. It was feared at one point. Roads were cut from washaways and the streets and flooded buildings were left deep in mud with some stock losses sheep, being reported. Media related to Coorow, Western Australia at Wikimedia Commons Shire of Coorow Biographical Dictionary of Coorow and Three Springs
John Forrest National Park
John Forrest National Park is a national park in the Darling Scarp, 24 km east of Perth, Western Australia. It was the first national park in Western Australia and the second in Australia after Royal National Park; as early as 1898, the land was reserved for recreation. Two years it was named Greenmount National Park, It was still being identified as National Park in the late 1930s, it was not until 1947 that the name change occurred to commemorate Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia; the park is on the edge of the Darling Scarp east of Perth, north of the Great Eastern Highway. The suburb to the west is known as Swan View with Pechey Road as a natural western boundary. To the south of the Great Eastern Highway the suburbs adjacent are Glen Forrest. To the east Hovea is the adjacent suburb, it was dissected by the Eastern Railway when it was constructed in the 1890s and rail traffic passed through until 1966, when the line was closed due to the opening of the Avon Valley route.
The alignment through the Swan View Tunnel and through the park was known as the'National Park' railway line. During the Great Depression of the 1930s many features near the main park buildings were built as part of relief employment; some have been restored. It was a popular railway excursion location while the railway was in existence. Hovea was the nearest railway station but in 1936 the National Park railway station was built. Photographed were National Park Falls, the Hovea Falls. After the railway line was closed and removed the formation became part of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail vested in the Mundaring Shire Council; the section within the park is now known as the John Forrest Heritage Trail. There are the Glen Brook Walk Trail and the Eagle View Walk Trail within the park. While larger kangaroos remain, significant populations of smaller marsupials have been devastated by foxes, feral cats and dogs in this park. Drought and dieback have affected the jarrah forest within the park.
At the edges of the park, introduced species of weed and problematic vegetation threaten the integrity of the park. In some areas wildflowers remain a feature to the edge of the internal roads despite the changesAlso with rationalising of staff within the Department of Environment and Conservation management, earlier levels of staffing on parks such as this one have been reduced to minimal levels. Significant damaging bushfires occurred in the western and northern sections of the park in the 1990s and early 2000s. In November 2010 a bushfire, believed to have been deliberately lit, damaged a significant area of the park including part of the Eagle's View trail. At various stages parts of the park have been accessed by mountain bike activity. John Forrest Wildflower Tavern and Restaurant was opened in 1978, it is centrally located within the park just uphill from the ranger's office. It has become a landmark for events such as orienteering clubs; the outside court yard has become a popular tourist attraction as native birds and kangaroos, seeking food, approach close to the building.
List of protected areas of Western Australia John Forrest National Park page at the Department of Parks and Wildlife website