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.
The 3.5km Badgingarra Nature Trail departs from and returns to the Badgingarra Road House on the Brand Highway. This two-hour walk is incredible in spring, when the bushland is bursting with colour.
The Vern Westbrook Walk is a 1.5km heritage and wildflower trail situated 3.5km off the Brand Highway on North West Road, between the original Badgingarra town site and the town centre. In this area of unique biodiversity, learn about the 70 million year old history of the Yallalie Meteorite Impact Zone.
The Iain Wilson Nature Trail is a 1.5km trail within the protected Badgingarra National Park and features many species of wildflowers including Badgingarra’s emblem, the black kangaroo paw. It is also home to numerous reptiles, emus, kangaroos and a variety of birds including bustards and wedge-tailed eagles.