Wanjarri Nature Reserve
(C) Inland Safaris

GPS 27 20 17.90 S 120 45 33.40 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 Caravan access possible Pets prohibited Sight seeing area Walk trails Ranger or caretaker on site or visits Site may flood or be inaccessible during rain 4 wheel drive access only




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This was the first park in W.A. that was created from the purchase of an existing pastoral lease.

The reserve is considered fairly small but as it sits in a transition zone between mallee woodlands to the south and spinifex desert to the north, it is regarded as an important area.

A study found that there were 20 different species of native animals living in the reserve. Bird life includes the rare striated grass wren, spotted bowerbird and princess parrot. At least 118 species of bird have been seen in the area.

The reserve is dotted with rock holes and caves and a number of Aboriginal artefacts have been found.

In 1920, John Joseph Currie leased land to start a pastoral station and in 1940 his son-in-law, Tom Moriarty took over. Moriarty seems to have been more interested in prospecting and bird watching and only lightly stocked the property with sheep.*

* NOTE. This is apparently incorrect as we received an email that we will insert here to correct the record:

"I am Tom Moriarty's daughter, Jean. I lived at Kathleen Valley with my parents and frequently camped out at the station with my father.

My father was NOT more interested in prospecting and birdwatching than in his sheep. He stocked the station according to its carrying capacity in various seasons. The eastern section was unsuitable for sheep, being sand and spinifex. He took excellent care of his flock. I assisted him as I grew up. I have original documents relating to the property.

This lie was propagated in a brochure issued by the Department of Biodiversity etc (whatever it is now called) based on hearsay from a big- noting neighbour to whom my father would not sell the station. I told them to remove this lie. You must remove it from all of your information about Thomas Kinsella Moriarty and Wanjarri Station. It is offensive to have my hard-working, conscientious father maligned by the repetition of this lie."

It seems that it was Tom's interest in the local bird life that led to the station being purchased by the then, Department of Fisheries and Fauna. Tom did not want the station to be amalgamated into neighbouring properties and arranged for it to be sold to the government department in 1971.

The reserve still contains the original farm buildings as well as a number of relics including an old car known as 'The Goanna'.

With a resurgence of mining in the area has come an increased number of visitors to the reserve despite its fairly remote location in the north eastern goldfields.



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