WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
The Dandaragan Shire is the pinnacle of the Turquoise Coast. Our region boasts 15 national Parks and Nature reserves that showcase the Kwongan Heathland and the abundance of individual wildflower species that bloom over an extended period.
The Shire encompasses pristine white sandy beaches ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and windsurfing. With beachside camping, luxury holiday homes and self-contained chalets and units, the region offers facilities for families and adventure seekers alike, all within short drive times from Perth or Geraldton.
“MUST DO” EXPERIENCES
1. Visit The Pinnacles.
2. Explore the Stockyard Gully caves.
3. Snorkel with the Sea Lions.
4. Sky-dive for a rush or delve into the coastal military history of North Head.
5. Wonder at the Wildflowers, snorkel, and fish the reef zones.
6. Relax on a secluded beach.
Photo credit M. Osborn
From mid-winter to late spring, the shire of Dandaragan offers a wildflower spectacle ranging from multi coloured Everlastings at Badgingarra to Black Kangaroo paws and delicate Orchids inland from the coast.
With 15 major National Parks, numerous nature reserves and drive trails within easy reach, we are spoilt for choice and wildflower diversity. There are recognised trails and walks but each season brings diversity and opportunities to explore outside of these recognised ‘hot spots’.
For up to date and localised information call into the Visitor Centre and we can direct you to locations that might suit your needs.
Lesueur National Park
Lesueur National Park boasts an exceptionally diverse range of flora, with more than 900 species comprising over 10% of the State`s known flora. With an 18-kilometre sealed drive trail traversing the Park, 4 walk trails ranging from class one to class four, and trails ranging from a short 2.5-kilometre loop to a 26-kilometre overnight trail with camping facilities, there are viewing opportunities for all.
Vern Westbrook Walk
The Vern Westbrook Walk trails are located on Phoebes Reserve – a short distance from Badgingarra along North-West Road. There are three dedicated walks covering different terrain.
Iain Wilson Nature trail
Located within the 13,000-hectare Badgingarra National Park, this 2-kilometre return trail covering sandplain (Kwongan heath) and laterite breakaway features, are just some of the floras of the National Park. Rich in diversity, the walk trail passes banksia, eucalypt woodlands and Hakea forests with occasional carpets of flowering ground cover plants.
Access to the entry for the walk trail is directly opposite the Badgingarra Roadhouse.
Located 18 kilometres north-east of Badgingarra on Watheroo West Road, this small and isolated patch of remnant vegetation has a diverse range of unique wildflower and orchid species.
The lookout site is small but well worth a visit for those wanting to tick off little known species from their viewing bucket list.
For wildflower tours, visit Hi Vallee Farm 36km north of Badgingarra, Western Flora Caravan Park near Eneabba or Westerns Wildflowers near Moora. Information on how to book these can be obtained by calling 9652 0810.
MOORA’S SURROUNDINGS DISTRICTS
Jurien Bay / Cervantes / Badgingarra / Green Head
Travel to the rural heartland of Dandaragan to the wildflower hotspot of Badgingarra before exploring the coastal icons of Jurien Bay and Cervantes and Green Head on the Turquoise Coast.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & LOCAL CONTACTS
TURQUOISE COAST VISITOR CENTRE
Visit Turquoise Coast
(08) 9652 0870
WHERE TO FIND US
67 Bashford Street, Jurien Bay WA 6516