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Enjoy south coast parks during ANZAC commemorations

View of Barren Ranges from Pt Ann at Fitzgerald River National Park
View of Barren Ranges from Pt Ann at Fitzgerald River National Park Parks and Wildlife

A visit to some of Albany’s magnificent parks and reserves will be on the agenda for many people visiting Albany during the ANZAC convoy commemorations.

Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Peter Hartley urged visitors to enjoy the area’s scenic national parks and nature reserves responsibly.

“This is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful south coast and we are asking people to be courteous and mindful of other park users,” Mr Hartley said.

“As bins are not provided at the majority of our sites, visitors are requested to take out what they bring in.

“We would like to remind people that Parks and Wildlife conducts 1080 fox baiting in this area and for safety reasons we do not allow pet dogs or cats in the parks and reserves.

“We are heading into fire season, with dry conditions and increasing fire risks, and we ask visitors to be aware of the conditions when planning their holidays and have contingencies in place.

“Gas barbecues are provided at some of the day use sites and camp sites, but open fires are not permitted in any of the south coast national parks or reserves.”

Mr Hartley encouraged visitors to consider visiting the spectacular landscapes of Fitzgerald River National Park, located about 200km east of Albany.

“This environmentally significant park has recently received a $40 million State and Federal government upgrade improving road access, camping facilities, recreational sites and trails.

“A trip to Point Ann for whale watching would make a memorable day trip from Albany.”

Located close to Albany, Torndirrup National Park is a key tourism attraction, particularly the Gap and Natural Bridge. The Granite Skywalk is also a must-see attraction located in Porongurup National Park.

“The Gap and Natural Bridge will be open and accessible throughout the ANZAC commemorations, with upgrades commencing soon after,” Mr Hartley said.

“The site will then be closed to the public to allow improvement works and facilities upgrades from mid-November. The rest of Torndirrup National Park will remain open throughout this works project.”

Visitor information about local parks and reserves will be available throughout the ANZAC weekend from the Parks and Wildlife Albany office on 9842 4500.

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