We spent the last leg of our trip in Fitzgerald River National Park, which is a further 2 hours drive South from The Stirling Ranges National Park here in Western Australia. It was here that we spent one night in a room Quaalup Homestead (which was really cool, and if you do get a chance you should definitely consider staying there). This park is immense. It covers 330000 hectares of protected wilderness.
Although our stay was relatively short, we did count it amongst the highlight of our trip for one reason…and one reason alone.
An energetic baby Southern Right Whale and a pod of 20 bottle nose dolphins were frolicking together in the shallow waves, whilst mum hung out further in deep water to keep an eye over her little playful calf. This was at 7.00am with little to no wind…and absolutely no other tourists. We had the beach all to ourselves and felt so privileged to be able to see this activity in the wild, unspoilt.
We also managed to spot a wallaby here, as well as crested tern, grand hakea and “red beaks” orchids. The flora in this park is highly concentrated and boast some of the most diverse on the planet.
Have you been to Fitzgerald River National Park? What was a highlight for you when you came?