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“Best wildflower display we've ever seen”

Lesueur National Park
Ranked #445 of 1,645 things to do in Western Australia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

We went at the perfect time of year, early to mid Sept after there had been a few showers. It also apparently helped that there had been a fire a couple of years earlier. The road into the park is gravel, in fairly good condition, then there is an 18km surfaced loop road with a lookout with walking trails half way and a picnic area near the end. We must have spent 2-3 hours on that 18km, stopping dozens of times to look at an amazing variety of wildflowers. The photos I took say more than words can.

5  Thank Eric B
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

This is a really beautiful park and we enjoyed every minute that we spent here. The 8km drive to the park on Cockleshell Gully is an unsealed road, but it's in very good shape so our rental car had no issues. The scenic drive through the park is quite lovely, but the best part was getting out and hiking some of the trails. The trails are well-marked and maintained and the best part was the thousands of wildflowers that were coming into bloom. I was a very slow hiker since I has to stop very few feet to take more pictures of each new and unique flower. The only downside is that it's a bit of a drive from Perth, but totally worth it. We also saw about 10 kangaroos on our way out of the park.

2  Thank MGreen403
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

What a wonderful circular trip through the Lesueur National Park in September. The wildflowers are a treat in quantity, quality and diversity. The cycads on the left hand side of the circular road are in full cone (both males and females) from a burn about 2 years back; by contrast, those on the unburnt side are not coning at all. This is the well known masting effect common in fire-adapted cycad populations.

2  Thank Roy O
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

You need to keep your eyes open on the Indian Ocean Dive or you'll easily miss the small sign to this great park. Just when you think you must be in the wromg place another small sign points the way onto the Cockleshell Gully Road - compacted sand suitable for 2WD. Entrance inot the park itself is about 5 km later and the one way system around the park has plenty of stopping places so that you can get out and look at the plants - and animals. Also an excellent viewing area and walks from the Wilson Lookout with options of two circular walks - watch out for giant ants and wear closed shoes to avoid bites. Take plenty to drink as no water.

1  Thank JMarpleInc
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

We really enjoyed our visit to Lesueur National Park although it was a little tricky to find. One of the roads leading to the National Park Scenic drive is unsealed (Cockleshell Gully Road).

The Scenic Drive is lovely. When you enter there is a small info post and a couple of info boards. Pick up an info guide and register your entry to the park ($11 cash, no change given).

We took the scenic drive and stopped in at the 'day use area' where you can take two walk trails. If memory serves me correctly the walk trail to the peak of Mount Lesueur is 4 km and the walk trail for Gardner walk is 2.5km. Make sure you bring adequate water as there is none available in this National Park.

We chose to do the walk to Mount Lesueur. It looks further and harder than it actually was. The walk included info boards posted throughout detailing the local flora and fauna. The view from the peak is vast and varied.

We saw a roo during this treck (photo included with this review) and two wedge tail eagles near the peak of Mt Lesueur. Lots of wildflowers, birds, bugs and beetles (and flies - bring appropriate head wear to keep them away from your face, ears, nose & mouth).

We ran out of time as the sun was setting but we would have liked to do the Gardiner walk and also check out cockleshell gully.

Overall, if you dont mind that the scenic drive is a bit out of the way (entry to the park is only pointed out with small road signs) then I think it is worth visiting.

Please be careful of wildlife driving through the national park. We had two near misses with kangaroos, seems they are curious of the car and come quite close!

6  Thank AzaliaHearts
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