FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK

 

Big Lagoon
(C) Sensis / Whereis

 

GPS 25 42 33 S 113 30 30 E

 

 

 

 

Entry fee and / or camping fee charged Toilets available Tables and / or seats and / or shelters provided Fire places or BBQs available Tent camping sites Pets prohibited Boat launching possible Swimming allowed Fishing allowed (some sites may require a freshwater license.) Sight seeing area Ranger or caretaker on site Site may flood or be inaccessible during rain Unpowered water craft allowed 4 wheel drive access only

 

 

 

 

Park area : 525.9 km˛.

 

This park lies 4km north of Denham in the Shark Bay heritage area. It was declared as a national park on the 8th of January 1993.

 

Once a sheep station, the park covers the tip of the Peron Peninsular north of a line between Denham and Monkey Mia. There are several campsites in the park (Big Lagoon, Gregories, Big Bottle and Herald Bight) but most access is 4wd only. Beware of the salt marshes or birridas, try not to drive on them or you may get well and truly bogged.

 

The Peron Station homestead is one of the most historically significant buildings in the area. The station operated by using artesian water brought up from deep underground using a series of bores. One of the bores was turned into a 'hot tub' near the station house and is accessible to the public.

 

Anyone venturing further into the park than the homestead should ensure they have good supplies of fresh water and food.

 

Francois Peron did not get on with his commander (Nicolas Baudin) and when Baudin died before returning to France, Peron wrote up the account of the voyage and managed to completely leave Baudin's name out of the text. Peron has also been accused of plagiarising much of the work done by Mathew Flinders.

 

Project Eden has been successfully re-introducing native species to the area for some years now and combined with the eradication of introduced species it is hoped that many native species that have been lost elsewhere will become well established here.

 

A 3.4 kilometre fence lower down the peninsula protects the top end from feral cats and foxes. While foxes have been eliminated in this area, feral cats are still a problem that needs constant management.

 

Pastoral Lifestyle Walk trail - Located at the homestead this 45 minute walk covers the living quarters and outbuildings of the former station.

 

NPW Website for more information

 

 

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