Conservation reserves include state forest, national parks, and Crown land. State forest and national parks fall under the management of the state government department or a local council. The management responsibilities and legal status of Crown land is complex and as this is not a planning document, will not be discussed further.
Approximately 26% of the native vegetation within the NAR is protected in the Department of Parks and Wildlife conservation estates (NACC, 2005).
View DPaW approved management plans on the DPaW website.
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Data courtesy of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Alexander Morrison National Park
Declared in 1970, the Alexander Morrison National Park covers an area of 8 500 hectares and is located in the Shire of Coorow. It was named after Alexander Morrison (1849-1913) who was the first official Western Australian government botanist in the Bureau of Agriculture between 1897-1906.
The National Park is characterised by sand plains and low lateritic breakaway overlying sandstone and shale. The vegetation in the National Park comprises of sand heaths and small areas of low woodland and Mallee.
For more information about the park visit the DPaW website.
Badgingarra National Park
Badgingarra National Park covers an approximate area of 13,108 hectares and lies in the Shire of Dandaragan. The national park is characterised by emergent breakaway country overlying sandplains. The national park is mostly dominated by low scrub heath.
Burma Road Nature Reserve
This nature reserve lies in the LGA of Greater Geraldton and cover’s an approximate area of 6900 hectares. The reserve is a “C” class reserve and is characterised by kwongan scrub heath.
Canna Nature Reserve
Canna Nature Reserve is a C class nature reserve vested in the Shire of Morawa. Situated on the Mullewa-Wubin Rd about halfway between Mullewa and Morawa, it is a great spot to stop off to look at wildflowers between July and November.
Coalseam Conservation Park
A small reserve north of Mingenew that boasts a rich history (it is the site of the first coal mine in WA) and geology. The Park is surrounded by farmland and provides a sanctuary for wildlife, and is well known for its resident striated cliff faces, marine fossils and wildflowers.
Conservation reserves in the NAR
Located a short 12 km drive northwest of Mingenew is the magnificent rugged reserve of Depot Hill. This is a great spot to park up and go for a wander, enjoy a picnic on the tranquil banks of the river beneath the leafy gums or you may like to walk the bush track up to the historic WWII Army Rifle Range.
Depot Hill is accessible via the Allanooka Springs Rd (sealed & signposted) from Geraldton to Mingenew
Depot Hill Nature Reserve
Located 12 km north east of Eneabba, along the Three Springs – Eneabba Road. It’s a C class nature reserve, created for the protection of flora and fauna.
Drovers Cave National Park
Drovers Cave National Park is an A-Class reserve that covers an area of 2 680 hectares approximately 5 km north east of the town of Jurien Bay, and is home to a number of limestone caves including Drovers, Hastings, Moorba, Old River and Mystery caves. Many of these caves are locked to prevent access (for health and safety reasons and to protect the caves from graffiti and vandalism).
Drovers Cave is located near the Canning Stock Route and was visited by drovers, hence its name. Drovers Cave was surveyed and gazetted as part of the National Park in 1973.
East Yuna Nature Reserve
A Nature Reserve located approximately 100 km north east of Geraldton, containing high quality remnant vegetation which provides crucial habitat for rare flora and fauna.
A 30 050 hectare area of remnant vegetation adjoining Kalbarri National Park, approximately 145 km north of Geraldton. Eurardy Reserve was bought by Bush Heritage Australia in 2005. The Reserve protects 21% of the Jam and York Gum woodlands in the Geraldton Sandplain bioregion along with 500 plant species, including five that are recognised nationally as endangered or vulnerable. The Reserve also provides a link between Kalbarri National Park and Toolonga Nature Reserve. Significant species and communities found on the Reserve include:
- Red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) – Nationally and WA listed as Vulnerable;
- Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) – Nationally and WA listed as Vulnerable;
- Spinifex hopping-mouse (Notomys alexis);
- Hairy-footed dunnart (Sminthopsis youngsoni);
- Major Mitchell cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) – WA listed as Sensitive;
- Ash-grey mouse (Pseudomys albocinereus).
- Small-petalled beyeria (Beyeria lepidopetala) – EPBC listed as Endangered, WA listed as Vulnerable (presumed extinct until 2005);
- Northern dwarf spider-orchid (Caladenia bryceana subsp. cracens) – EPBA listed as Vulnerable, WA listed as Endangered;
- Kalbarri spider-orchid (Caladenia wanosa) – EPBC listed as Vulnerable, WA listed as Endangered;
- Beard’s mallee (Eucalyptus beardiana) – EPBC listed as Vulnerable, WA listed as Endangered;
- Wreath flower (Lechenaultia macrantha).
- York gum woodland;
- Shrublands of acacia, casuarina, Eucalyptus eudesmoides (mallalie), Ashby’s banksia;
- Sceptre banksia and sandplain cypress woodland;
- Acacia rostellifera (summer-scented wattle) thicket.
More information on Eurardy Reserve can be found on the Bush Heritage Australia website.
A historic mine site that was mined for galena (lead ore) in the early years of European settlement and now contains a protected area of remnant bush on the banks of the Murchison River and adjacent to farming land. This area now supports a range of key indicator plants that are not found in the surrounding area, these species are described in survey conducted by DAFWA in 2009.
Gillingarra Nature Reserve
The Gillingarra Nature Reserve is one of the important areas within the Gillingarra Important Bird Area. The Bird Area is significant for the conservation as the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, because it provide a breeding habitat for this species.
Houtman Abrolhos Islands
An archipelago of 122 islands that lie between 60 and 80 km off the mid-west coast of WA. The Abrolhos Islands stretches for around 100 km and consists of three groups of islands, and accompanying coral reefs – the Wallabi-North Island Group; Easter Group; and Pelsaert (or Southern) Group.
The Houtman Abrolhos Nature Reserve has been an A-Class Reserve since 1929 for the purposes of: ‘Conservation of flora and fauna, tourism, and for the purposes associated with the fishing and aquaculture industries.’
Along with being host to a diverse and unique range of both terrestrial and marine plants and animals, the Abrolhos Islands are significant from a historical perspective in relation to numerous shipwrecks as well as the whaling, guano mining, and fishing industries.
The islands provide the northern-most habitat of the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea), which are classified as Vulnerable.
Areas of the Abrolhos below the high water mark and including State territorial waters form part of a Fish Habitat Protection Area (FHPA) that was declared in 1999.
More information can be found in the Department of Fisheries WA, The Abrolhos Islands Information Guide, 2012.
Kalbarri Blue Holes Fish Habitat Protection Area
The Blue Holes form part of an inshore coastal limestone reef system west of Kalbarri, and includes permanently submerged and intertidal sections. The Blue Holes area is a popular recreational area and plays host to an abundance of aquatic animals and fish. The area was declared a Fish Habitat Protection Area (FHPA) in 2007 due to its special ecological and community significance. Due to the fragile and important ecosystem special management requirements are in place to help ensure its long-term sustainability, including:
- All fishing is prohibited;
- The use of motorised vessels (including recreational boating and jet skis) are prohibited;
- Special care should be taken to dispose of rubbish responsibly;
- Aquatic recreation activities (including snorkelling and scuba diving) are encouraged, when pursued safely and responsibly;
- Aquatic nature-based tourism is encouraged to help promote awareness of the environmental values of the area, however operations are subject to licencing requirements and guidelines for responsible operations must be adhered to.
More information can be found in the Department of Fisheries Kalbarri Blue Holes FHPA, 2009.
Kalbarri National Park
The botanically significant Kalbarri National Park was gazetted in 1963 and encompasses an area of 183, 004 hectares in the Shire of Northampton. A significant geological feature in the national park is the gorge associated with the Murchison River, which provides habitat for populations of threatened flora. The national park is home to a unique diversity of plant and animals, with approximately 200 different fauna species (including 75 species of reptiles) being observed in the area, due in part to the area being a transition zone for south-west and arid zone species, along with the area being the translocation site for the locally extinct chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii), woylie (Bettongia penicillata) and tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii subsp. derbianus).
Introduced animals (including goas, pigs, foxes, cats and rabbits), environmental weeds and inappropriate fire regimes pose a threat to the Park’s natural values, while mining, beekeeping and water extraction are among the competing land uses, and management of these activities is focused on minimising the impacts of these.
Current management actions are prioritised around the management of cultural heritage, visitor use, the natural environment, resource use, community engagement and research and monitoring.
The Park is located within the traditional lands of the Nanda and houses numerous Aboriginal heritage sites, along with a range of sites associated with European exploration and historic developments, and therefore cultural and heritage values are a priority of management.
Kalbarri National Park is one of the highest profile tourist destinations in WA, receiving around 300, 000 visitors annually, which flock to see the wildflowers and natural rock formations characteristic of the area. Improved access and maintenance of existing recreation sites is necessary, along side minimising visitor impacts to the area.
More information can be found in the Department of Parks and Wildlife Kalbarri National Park draft management plan 2014.
Koolanooka Dam Nature Reserve
Covers an area of approximately 460 ha in the Shire of Morawa.
Lesueur National Park
The Lesueur National Park covers an approximate area of 27,235 hectares and lies in the Geraldton Sand plains IBRA region. The national park is home to approximately 900 native plant species, with four rare or threatened species being recorded in the park including the Mount Lesueur Grevillea, Forrest’s Wattle, Lesueur Hakea and the Laterite Mallee.
Mogumber Nature Reserve
The Mogumber Nature Reserve is located in the Shire of Gingin and is classified as an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Category Ia nature reserve. The nature reserve is an important habitat for the Western Swamp Tortoise.
Moore River National Park
The Moore River National Park spans an area of 17,254 hectares and is situated in the Shire of Gingin. The Moore river meanders through the national park before reaching the Indian Ocean. The national park mainly consists of Banksia heathlands.
Nambung National Park
The Nambung National Park covers an approximate area of 193 square kilometres and is home to the Pinnacles Desert.
Southern Beekeepers Nature Reserves
Southern Beekeepers Nature Reserve is located north of Cervantes (bordering Nambung National Park) to Hill River, and inland to the Cervantes-Jurien road, and is accessible via 4WD track. The reserve covers an area of around 10 800 ha, and forms part of DEC’s Moora District, the management goals of which include: Conservation; Recreation and tourism (compatible with other goals); Community relations (informed, engaged community); Commercial and other uses (in a manner that minimises impact on other values) and; Research and monitoring (to increase understanding). Specifically, Southern Beekeepers Reserve was gazetted in 1979 as a ‘C’ class reserve for the purposed of apiculture and the conservation of flora. See the Nambung National Park Management Plan 1998-2008.
Tathra National Park
The Tathra National Park spans over an area of 43 square kilometres and is located in the Shire of Carnamah. The national park is characterised by sandy floors overlying shallow valley with laterite overlying slopes and hilltops. The vegetation in the park is dominated by low heath.
Wandana Nature Reserve and Unallocated Crown Land
Covers and area of approximately 71 000 ha that lies within the South West Botanical Province biodiversity hotspot, and is the only Nature Reserve within the Geraldton Hills subregion of the Geraldton Sandplains bioregion. Combined, the Kalbarri National Park and Wandana Nature Reserve house the 18% of subregional land within the conservation reserve system. For more information please see the City of Greater Geraldton Local Biodiversity Strategy 2013.
Watheroo National Park
The Watheroo National Park covers an area of 44,481 hectares and is located in the Shires of Coorow, Moora and Dandaragan. The national park is characterised by sand plains mostly dominated by heath and woodlands of Eucalypts.