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New visitor facilities at Peak Charles National Park

Environment Minister Albert Jacob today announced the opening of new visitor facilities at Peak Charles National Park as part of the State Government’s drive to boost the number of affordable camp sites in national parks and reserves.

Peak Charles is 174km north-west of Esperance in the Great Western Woodlands.  It towers 500m above the surrounding plains and, as one of the largest areas of intact Mediterranean-climate woodland on Earth, is visible for more than 50km in all directions. 

“The new campground is part of the Liberal National Government’s ongoing investment in the quantity and quality of affordable camping sites in national parks and reserves,” Mr Jacob said.

“The $190,000 investment by the State Government will ensure that visitors to Peak Charles National Park now have access to nine designated camp sites of varying sizes including space for bigger groups, caravans and other large vehicles.

“Other improvements include new shade shelters, toilets and park furniture as well as new interpretative signage throughout the park.

“Consistent with the State Government’s commitment to Parks for People, the new visitor infrastructure and some of the camp sites are wheelchair accessible, ensuring all visitors have the opportunity to experience this amazing area.”

The Minister said improvements at Peak Charles National Park were also part of the implementation of the Government’s Biodiversity and Cultural Conservation Strategy for the Great Western Woodlands.

Construction works were carried out by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in collaboration with traditional custodians, the Ngadju people.

        Fact File

  • Camping at Peak Charles National Park is on a first-come basis and is best enjoyed from April to October. Visitor numbers peak at Easter
  • More than 30 different species of orchid can be found in the park
  • Its mosaic of different vegetation types is unique in the woodlands
  • As vehicle access conditions can vary depending on the season, visitors should contact the Shire of Esperance or Esperance DEC office before travelling

Minister’s office - 6552 5800

Last modified on Monday, 17 June 2013 15:43