For a four-wheel driving adventure along a scenic coastline with dramatic red cliffs and white sandy beaches, head to Francois Peron National Park in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
Once a sheep station, the park is now one of the most important wilderness areas in Australia and is home to many rare and endangered species. From the cliff tops of Bottle Bay at Cape Peron you can see dugong, manta rays, turtles and sharks swimming in the water below.
Take the Wanamalu Trail between Cape Peron and Skipjack Point for 1.5 kilometres walk that provides excellent views of the coastline. Interpretive signs along the trail provide an introduction to the features of the area and two viewing platforms at Skipjack Point provide striking coastal views and the opportunity to view Shark Bay’s abundant marine life.
A two-wheel drive will get you to:
- The Peron Homestead precinct, just six kilometres off the Monkey Mia Road, has a visitor centre, a self-guided station walk trail, picnic facilities and even a hot tub where you can soak in artesian water.
- Little Lagoon - a natural swimming pool full of fish, just five kilometres from Denham.
A high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to access the rest of park.
- Read our Top Tips for 4WDing Francois Peron
The best time to visit the Francois Peron National Park is between April and October when winds are generally lightest and the temperature is in the mid-20s. Francois Peron National Park is a 10 minute drive from Denham and 10 minute drive from Monkey Mia.
Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience. Selected campgrounds from across the state are now bookable online for a trial period.