Have you ever seen rust-red desert sand meet brilliant white beach sand and azure blue water? The ocean shouldn’t be touching a desert but at Francois Peron National Park, exactly that happens.
When you search Francois Peron National Park on Google, the majority of image results will be of Little Lagoon or the iconic Bottle Bay. It’s plunging red sea cliffs photograph a coastal landscape with striking colour contrasts of red, white and blue. The bay is classified a special purpose zone due to the prevalence of dolphins and dugongs.
High clearance, four-wheel drives are essential if camping or travelling further past the Peron Homestead.
The park covers 52,500 hectares of arid shrublands, rolling sandplains, and coastal scenery and you’ll probably find prints left by emus, reptiles and mammals such as endangered bilbies, so be careful when driving around the park.
Park and camping fees apply.
Top Tips for 4WDing the Park:
- DRIVE SLOW! There is only one track in and out of the Park which is shared for both directions.
- Drive Etiquette - whichever car has the first available flat bank area will need to pull into the area to allow the on coming car to continue on the path
- A low clearance four-wheel drive vehicle is not suitable (the tracks can get boggy and rutted)
- Pets are not allowed, due to protected and endangered wildlife
- Please leave rocks, plants and animals as you find them
- Deflate your car and trailer tyres (to at least 20psi) at the tyre station, pay your entry fee/camping fees
- If you love to camp in the outback, this is THE National Park for you.
- Please only camp in the designated locations.
- On the eastern side of the Peninsula you can camp at Herald Bight.
- On the western side of the Peninsula you can camp at Big Lagoon, South Gregories, Gregories, and Bottle Bay.
- There are barbecue facilities at Big Lagoon, Gregories and Bottle Bay.
- Bring all water and food supplies with you and take all rubbish with you.
- Cattle Well is a great fishing & 4WDing location perfect for spotting various rays and nervous shark.
- Bag limits and size restrictions do apply for fishing.
- Remember to re-inflate your tyres when leaving the park to see the other great attractions in the area!
Mobile phone coverage is limited (generally only Telstra if available) and if you are in a life-threatening situation, please contact the State Emergency Services via text/SMS +61417097330.
Never leave your vehicle to get help, especially in hot weather, it's much easy to find a car than a person.
Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience. Selected campgrounds from across the state are now bookable online for a trial period. Visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife to book.