RUGGED MOUNTAINS AND ANCIENT RAINFORESTS MAKE THE WEST COAST ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LAST TRUE WILDERNESS FRONTIERS.
Yet, despite the remoteness, it’s easy and safe for people to enjoy. While you’re on the West Coast you’ll never be far from a national park (which also just happen to be a World Heritage Area).
There are loads of ways to experience our national parks, but remember, a Parks Pass is needed. Visiting our parks is a great way to escape convenience and excess. Take the time to look at the plants, animals, lakes, streams and plants.
Breathe in the fresh air.
Even those who aren’t outdoorsy can take in the beauty of the national parks – driving into the West Coast from the South, you’ll be on the Lyell Highway. Here the views out the car window are breathtaking and there’s short walks and picnic facilities along the way.
When visiting our wilderness and remote areas please be considerate of both the environment and other users. Respect wildlife. Dispose of all waste properly.
Despite being in a rainforest the West Coast is often threatened by bushfires. Please use a fuel stove rather than a campfire. This is one instance where “making your own path” isn’t recommended.
We want to ensure our environment remains untouched and in pristine conditions for future generations.
A tip for cyclists – bikes are only allowed on roads open to motorised vehicles so keep off the walking tracks.
There are also only a few recreational vehicle tracks, with some like the Bird River track popular. Be mindful of weather conditions as some tracks are often closed in rough weather.
Take a short walk on the edge of a mountain to discover a seasonal 50 metre waterfall at the foot of Mount Owen. The falls are best seen after heavy rain or in the winter/spring period but even during summer you'll experience magnificent mountain views.
Franklin River Nature Trail
Perhaps the best-known river within the World Heritage area, this walk through cool temperate rainforest will give you an idea of the beauty that lies within this wild river wilderness. This walk along the banks Franklin River will take approximately 25 minutes return (1km).
Break up the long drive and stretch your legs - you won't be disappointed. Nelson Falls are reached after an easy 20 minute return (1.4km) boardwalk stroll beside a river through a forest of sassafras, myrtle and ferns. The falls are especially spectacular after heavy rain.