The town of Badgingarra is situated north of Dandaragan along the Brand Highway at the edge of the Badgingarra National Park. Badgingarra is renowned for its incredibly diverse bushland that becomes ablaze with the brilliant colours of wildflowers during late winter and spring.
The Jingemia Cave, at Watheroo National Park, translates to “Devils Hole” and once you are within Watheroo National Park - you will understand why! The cave almost looks like a sinkhole and is easy to view from the picnic shelter area located next to the cave’s opening. It is a short, grade 3 walk from the car park to the cave, however, entry to the cave is not permitted or advised due to the very steep climb in and out.
Marvel at Lesueur National Park, just 73km north-west of Badgingarra, covering almost 27, 000 hectares of picturesque landscape and incredible biodiversity. Flora found within the Park includes: acacias, hibbertias, leschenaultias, orchids, and kangaroo paws (including the rare black kangaroo paw). Flora flourishes in the months of spring, with beautiful wildflowers emerging from the heath. The Honey Possum is found only in the Kwongan area, in particular the Lesueur National Park. Other rare wildlife includes a variety of lizards, snakes, frogs & mammals. The Lesueur Scenic Drive is the most comprehensive way in which to explore the Park, as this passes the most picturesque areas, and is scattered with regular lay-bys allowing breaks to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Tip: Take a break and have a picnic at the popular Cockleshell Gully – a hotspot for orchids.
Take a walk along one of Badgingarra's Nature Trails to explore the bushland during spring, when the bush is bursting with colour.
The Vern Westbrook Walk is a heritage and wildflower trail located in Phoebe's Reserve on North West Road, 3.5km off the Brand Highway, between the original Badgingarra town site and the current town centre. The area is rich with unique biodiversity and sign posts line the walk, sharing information about local flora and fauna and history as the trail encounters bridges, seasonal wildflowers, heritage sites and community art. The trail consists of three sections: section one is an easy 1.65km walk; section two is a moderate 1.25km ascending to the base of a breakaway; and section three is a challenging 800m hike to the top of the breakaway. Along this trail you can also learn about the history of the 70-million-year-old Yallalie Meteorite Impact Zone.
Formally known as the Badgingarra National Trail, the Iain Wilson Nature Trail is a 3.5km trail within the protected Badgingarra National Park. This walk is incredible with spring, when the bushland is bursting with colour. The trail features many species of wildflowers including Badgingarra’s emblem, the black kangaroo paw, and is home to numerous reptiles, emus, kangaroos and a variety of birds including bustards and wedge-tailed eagles. The main 2km trail offers multiple opportunities to view surrounding landscape and wildflowers, while a 1.5km detour features a steep climb will take you to an incredible lookout atop the hill.