Francois Peron National Park
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We recognise and acknowledge Malgana people as the traditional owners of Francois Peron National Park. Wulyibidi is the Malgana name for Peron Peninsula and Gutharraguda, meaning ‘two bays’, is the name for Shark Bay.
Overview of Francois Peron National Park
Francois Peron National Park is a nine-hour drive north from Perth, but it’s definitely worth the travel!
One of this coastal park’s main attractions is the spectacular contrasting landscape. The rich red desert meets the white, sandy beach, which leads to the clear, turquoise ocean.
Francois Peron National Park is also home to an incredible array of wildlife – especially in the surrounding waters. Dolphins dance gracefully through the waves, while manta rays, sea turtles and dugongs leisurely glide through the water. You might even spot a humpback whale from August to October!
A two-wheel-drive vehicle will get you to the Peron Heritage Precinct, which features interpretive displays, a grassed area, barbecues and a walk trail.
From here, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is needed to explore the rest of the park. However, there are numerous four-wheel-drive tours that depart from nearby Shark Bay and Monkey Mia.
Some wonderful spots to see include Cape Peron, where you can try and spot ocean wildlife from the top of the red cliffs, or explore the rock pools on the beach below. Skipjack Point Lookout is also one for the list, offering a walk trail and spectacular views over the Shark Bay Marine Park.
Dogs are not permitted within the national park.
Fees apply for entry into Francois Peron National Park, which contribute to park management, including protection of the environment and the development and maintenance of visitor services and facilities.
Cost of Entry
Private vehicle with up to 12 occupants
- $15 per vehicle
- $8 per vehicle concession
Private vehicle with more than 12 occupants
- $7 per occupant 6 years or older
- $2.50 per occupant concession
- $8 per motorbike
- No concession
No entry fee applies if you walk or cycle into the park.
Download the Every Kid in a Park app to use the interpretive map featuring photographs and additional information about each point.
Points of Interest
Points of interest provide accessibility information and nature play activities, including:
- Cape Peron
- Cattle Well
- Kraskers Tank
- Peron Homestead Precinct
- Skipjack Point Lookout
Every Kid in a Park Resources
Discover fun activities to do at any park!
Become a master of scents by searching for and combining the best smells of nature. Can you create the perfect perfume? This document is available to download as a PDF or Accessible Word version, to help you plan your visit. Download PDF version Download Accessible Word version
Sounds are only for our ears……. or are they? Find a quiet spot to sit and listen. What can you hear? Use this activity sheet to record and describe the sounds. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Use this activity sheet to go on an adventure and explore textures around the park! Touch leaves, bark and even the ground, and describe the features. This document is available as a PDF and an Accessible Word version, to help you plan your visit. Download PDF Download Accessible Word version
With the help of this activity sheet, you’re going to attempt to overcome a fear. That means it’s time to put on a brave face! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Explore the world through your feet with the help of this activity sheet. On your next outdoor adventure, take off your shoes and play barefoot for a new sensory experience! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
For some people, finding a special quiet place helps them connect to nature. Use this activity sheet to find a place in nature of your own. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Plants grow in all shapes and sizes; just like people! Use this activity sheet to explore the natural environment, or have someone describe it to you. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Find a good place to sit or lay down and watch the clouds in the sky. Take notice of their colours, textures and shapes, or have someone describe these to you. Use this activity sheet to create a story in the sky! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Being aware of your surroundings is a wonderful skill. In this activity, you will be using your senses to test your awareness of the natural environment! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
There are so many colours in the natural world. In this activity, you’ll head outdoors with a trusted person as you explore the rainbow of colours and count the shades of nature together. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Plants and Animals
See if you can spot some of these plants and animals during your visit!
- Bottlenose dolphin
- Manta ray
- Racehorse goanna
- Thorny devil
- Singing honeyeater
- Bush tomato
Francois Peron National Park is home to many plants and animals. Follow the tips below to assist in the protection of the Francois Peron National Park environment.
- Only follow marked walk trails and roads.
- Leave no trace. Ensure all food and rubbish is contained and out of reach of wildlife, and take all belongings with you when you leave.
- Only camp in designated sites.
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Do not disturb or displace plants and animals.
Visit the Explore Parks WA website for more information about Francois Peron National Park.
Nature Play WA would like to thank the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for providing valuable information about Matilda Bay Reserve.