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CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK
HEMA map reference 83/J2
GPS 33 56 15 S 123 15 25 E
Park size: 279,832 Ha.
The park features some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you will ever see. There are over 160 bird species known to inhabit the park. Of the 18 species of honeyeater in southern W.A., 16 species are found in this area. It is a very important conservation zone.
Camping is permitted in five designated areas, Thomas River, Thomas Fishery, Seal Creek, Jorndee Creek and Mount Ragged. Special scenic areas include Yokinup Bay and Little Tagon Bay.
In 1931 amateur naturalists discovered an unusual colony of ants in this area and when specimens were sent for identification it was discovered that they were in fact Nothomyrmecia Macrops, which to most of us doesn't mean much but to those 'in the know' it was like finding a living dinosaur. These insects were from a time when some ants had begun to evolve into wasps.
A follow up expedition was organised to try and relocate the colony but it was never found. 50 years later yet another expedition was en-route to the area when just by chance they discovered another colony of these strange insects in South Australia. The second colony was discovered purely by accident when one of the expedition vehicles broke down and the party made an unplanned stop for the night.
The park is located 125 km east of Esperance. To the east of the park Nuytsland Nature Reserve stretches all the way to the South Australian border.
Photography, 4 wheel driving, fishing, camping, walking and finding wildflowers (in season) are all popular activities in the park.
Near to Thomas Fishery and Pine Hill there are some ruined buildings that are all that remains of the pioneer's homesteads from the 1870s.
For mor information see the parks brochure.
Len Otte Nature Trail. 1 kilometre.
Tagon coastal walk. 7 kilometres.
Boolenup. 4 kilometres.
Mount Ragged. 3 kilometres.
Bring gas stoves for cooking and also plenty of water as there is none available in the park. Condingup is the closest place to pick up supplies of fuel etc. It is about 55 km from the Thomas River campsite.
Thomas River Campsite.
Seal Creek Campsite.
Nuytsland Nature Researve
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