RAC and the Department of Parks and Wildlife have formed a partnership to make it easier and more affordable for RAC members to explore these natural wonders.

RAC has teamed up with Parks and Wildlife to offer RAC members a 50 per cent discount on a range of Parks and Wildlife park passes through the RAC online shop. More information is available on the RAC website regarding the discounted Annual All Parks Pass, Concession Annual All Parks Pass and Holiday Pass

By purchasing a parks pass, you will make a special contribution to the management of our parks and reserves, with revenue from sales contributing towards conserving these amazing places and maintaining visitor facilities.

For more information about WA’s national, regional and marine parks visit Parks and Wildlife. You can also download Parkfinder WA from the iTunes store for information about more than 100 national parks and many other sites managed by Parks and Wildlife.

Where to go

Western Australia’s beautiful, vast and ancient landscape, with all its breathtaking contrasts, offers a nature-based travel experience unlike anywhere else in the world.

The State’s network of parks and reserves protects areas of beauty, cultural value and biodiversity and are places for people to explore and enjoy.  They are the jewels in WA’s crown and are part of our sense of place.  From the Pinnacles Desert and Ningaloo Coast in the north to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coastline and majestic karri forest in the south, there are experiences for all.

The scope of travel experiences in WA’s parks and reserves is immense, ranging from spectacular rugged coastlines, striking coral reefs, magnificent gorges, lush forests and extensive ranges. The State boasts more than 28 million hectares of national and marine parks and reserves. In total, that’s an area bigger than the entire state of Victoria.

As well as State forest and nature reserves, there are 100 national parks and 13 marine parks, many of which have features of international significance. Three have achieved World Heritage listing, giving them a status equal to some of the world’s most famous natural wonders.

WA’s Department of Parks and Wildlife aims to encourage people to visit, enjoy and appreciate our natural areas, while working to conserve the plants, animals and landscapes that are a drawcard to visitors.

This includes developing and managing camping and caravanning facilities that allow visitors to immerse themselves in an area, while maintaining a presence that is respectful of both its natural and cultural significance.

Parks and Wildlife manages 264 campgrounds across the State, providing more than 3,257 camp sites.  There are also a range of other accommodation providers in parks and reserves if you prefer glamping to camping.

New campgrounds

The department continues to develop new experiences that enable visitors to explore and learn more about our parks and reserves.

New campgrounds are now available at Logue Brook and Dryandra Woodland in the South West and at the proposed Credo Conservation Park in the Goldfields. Upgrades have been completed at campgrounds in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in the South West, Cape Range National Park in the Ningaloo World Heritage area, Coalseam Conservation Park in the Midwest, D’Entrecasteax National Park on the South Coast and in Lane Poole Reserve south-east of Perth.

New or upgraded campgrounds will soon be open in Cape Le Grand National Park on the South Coast and Wellington National Park in the South West, and Francois Peron National Park in the Shark Bay World Heritage area.

In December, the Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park near Albany will re-open following a $5.75 million upgrade. This will include world-class lookouts with even closer views of the spectacular and dramatic coastline, as well as new interpretive signage, paths and a picnic area.

Park snapshots

North West
Karijini National Park
in the Pilbara offers spectacular scenery including ancient geological formations. Visit Fortescue Falls, camp at Dales Gorge or relax in style at Karijini Eco Retreat.

Coral Coast
Cape Range National Park
in the Ningaloo World Heritage area is known for its rocky gorges, beachside camping and for the access it provides to the spectacular Ningaloo Reef. Swimming, diving, snorkelling and fishing are popular, as well as boat tours to pristine Yardie Creek. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef offers five star camping in the heart of the park.

Perth and surrounds
Yanchep National Park
, just 45 minutes north of Perth, is an ideal day trip destination.  See Australian plants and animals, including kangaroos and koalas, in a natural setting, and immerse yourself in a range of exciting tours, Aboriginal culture, caves, wildflowers, wetlands and heritage-listed buildings.

Golden Outback
Cape Le Grand National Park
on the South Coast is just a short trip from Esperance and features sweeping heathlands and rugged coastal peaks. Be sure to visit the white sandy beaches that have been voted the best in Australia.

South West
Fitzgerald River National Park
on the South Coast has recently undergone a $40 million transformation, with upgraded roads and new facilities including picnic areas, viewing platforms and walk trails. This park is famous for its variety and abundance of native plants.