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Karara Rangelands boasts a brilliant wildflower display

Karara Rangelands boasts a brilliant wildflower display
DBCA

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time for people to start planning their outback adventures through swathes of colourful wildflowers under a big blue Murchison sky.

Karara Rangeland Park is renowned for its wildflowers that carpet the land after winter rainfall and this year is set to be the best wildflower display Western Australia’s Midwest region has seen.

Parks and visitor services regional leader Sue Hancock recommends Karara Rangeland Park as the perfect location to camp under the stars with or without facilities or sleep indoors at the Thundelarra Shearers’ Quarters or nearby station stays.

“The 560,000 hectare park features a range of diverse landscapes, Aboriginal heritage and a rich pastoral and mining history. Its landscapes and habitats include York gum woodlands teeming with magnificent wildflowers after good rainfall, salt lakes, granite outcrops and basalt hills,” said Ms Hancock.

“Karara lies within the biodiversity hotspot, about 250km east of Geraldton, and its recorded species include 883 plants and about 200 mammal, bird and reptile species. Kangaroos, emus, red-tailed black cockatoos and mulga parrots are often seen.”

Evidence remains of the park’s history since the arrival of pastoralists and miners in the mid-1870s. Sections of the rabbit-proof fence can still be seen in the park as well as ruins of Damperwah State Farm, cemeteries at Rothsay and Fields Find, John Forrest Lookout, and Warriedar’s historic buildings.

Significant Aboriginal sites include artwork, quarries, lizard traps and the extensive Mongers Lake Waterway, which tradition holds was formed by the Bimurra creator being.

Camping fees apply and can be paid online at parkstay.dbca.wa.gov.au.

Thundelarra Shearers’ Quarters can be booked for groups of up to 20 people. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 9964 0901 to book.

For more information see parks.dbca.wa.gov.au/park/karara-rangeland-park.