Warren National Park
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We recognise and acknowledge Bibbulman people as the traditional owners of Warren National Park.
Overview of Warren National Park
Warren National Park is a karri wonderland located four (4) hours south of Perth, and about 15 kilometres from Pemberton.
Camp beneath the old, tall karris at Drafty’s or Warren Campground; swim, paddle or fish in the Warren River; or follow a walk or drive trail – there's plenty of adventuring (or relaxing) to be done here!
If heights are your thing, climb the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree – a 65-metre tall karri tree that has been used as a fire lookout (see our Safety section for more information). Or, keep your feet on the ground and admire the unique Marianne North Tree, a misshapen karri tree named after the English artist who painted it in 1880.
Warren National Park is made up of around 3000 hectares of woodland, so there's lots of native wildlife to be admired. The karri trees, some of which are more than 200 years old and 90 metres tall, are only found in the southwest of WA, so take a moment (or many) to take in these truly magnificent trees.
Visit during autumn or spring for weather that’s cool enough for walking and camping, but warm enough to explore the Warren River.
Warren National Park is accessible via Old Vasse Road, which is unsealed but suitable for two-wheel-drives. No pets are allowed, and standard national park entry fees apply:
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
Download the Every Kid in a Park app to use the interpretive map featuring photographs and additional information about each point.
Points of Interest
Key points of interest include:
- Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree
- Draftys Campground
- Heartbreak Crossing
- Lorikeet Stroll
- Maiden Bush
- Marianne North Tree
- Warren Campground
- Warren River Lookout
- Warren National Park Information Bay
Nature Play WA is currently creating fun and interactive resources for Warren River National Park. Throughout March, we will be releasing these resources to assist families in planning their visit to the park.
This resource is all about our five favourite things to do at Warren National Park. It’s available to download as PDF or Accessible Word version, to help you plan your visit. Please see our Safety section for Warren National Park for tips on staying safe. Download PDF version Download Accessible Word version
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
One of the main attractions of Warren National Park is the gorgeous karri woodland. These tall trees and their unique trunks, which vary in colour from grey to orange, make for beautiful scenery as you explore the park.
Other plants include the colourful coral vine and wisteria flowers, wild plum tree, and jarrah and marri trees. Keep an eye out for the red flowering gum tree, which has striking bright red flowers. The rare Albany pitcher plant, which lives off a diet of insects like ants and flies, can also be found here.
Many small mammals call this park home, including the western ringtail possum, chuditch, brush-tailed phascogale and quokka.
Listen out for birds like the kookaburra, western whipbird and western bristlebird, and see if you can spot a western rosella, red-winged fairy-wren or Baudin’s black cockatoo flying about the trees.
The Lea’s frog and karri frog enjoy spending time by the Warren River, along with the northern snake-necked turtle.
We suggest taking time before your visit to read through the safety information. We recommend visiting the Explore Parks WA website to plan when to visit Warren National Park.
Warren National Park is a great place for bushwalking. Before you head out in nature, visit the Explore Parks WA website for tips on bushwalking safety.
Please note that climbing the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree is not recommended for children. Please see the signage on site for more information.
When swimming in Warren National Park, follow these precautions to ensure you stay safe around the river:
- Don’t enter the water if you can’t swim. Shallow water can quickly become deep, and flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
- Always enter the water slowly and feet first. Never jump or dive in.
- Always check the water depth, and look out for obstacles like logs and rocks.
- Check the water temperature. Even on the hottest of days, water in shaded areas or fast-flowing rivers can be icy cold.
- Take care on slippery, uneven, soft or unstable surfaces near the water.
- Supervise children at all times.
In spring and summer, many reptiles emerge to bask in the sun. During this time you should take precautions to minimise the chance of encountering snakes:
- Take care in bushland and grassy areas.
- Walk in cleared areas only, where you can see the ground, and keep to established tracks.
- When bushwalking, wear long trousers and boots or other enclosed footwear that preferably cover the ankles.
- Keep a watchful eye on the ground about a metre ahead of where you are walking, and avoid entering areas of long grass, rushes and undergrowth.
While Warren National Park is a tranquil spot to relax and play, bushfires are a real risk to those travelling through or staying in the area.
Here are seven tips from DFES for travelling during bushfire season, to ensure you and your family stay safe:
- Create a bushfire plan for your travels
- Pack an emergency kit
- Know the bushfire warning system
- Know the current fire danger rating for the area you’re travelling to
- Check if there is a total fire ban in the area you are travelling to
- Be prepared to change your travel plans
- Know where to get the latest bushfire information
You can find more details about each of these steps in this useful DFES resource: https://publications.dfes.wa.gov.au/publications/travelling-during-bushfire-season
Check out Explore Parks WA for useful links and tips on bushfire safety: https://exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/bushfires-and-prescribed-burns
Visit Emergency WA for the latest updates on current bushfires, alerts and safety advice: https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/
While Warren National Park has many recreational areas, it is first and foremost home to many plants and animals. Follow the tips below to assist the protection of the Warren National Park environment.
- Only camp in designated camping areas, and only follow marked walk and drive trails.
- Leave no trace. Ensure all food is contained and out of reach of wildlife, and take all belongings with you when you leave.
- Camp fires are prohibited in the Warren Region from December 1 to March 31 each year, however this period may be extended due to seasonal variation. Outside of these dates, campfires are usually permitted in the fire rings only. Bring your own firewood.
- When fire restrictions are in place, campfires must not be lit and any appliance powered by burning solid fuel must not be used. Always comply with any instructions at campgrounds and parks.
- Campers’ own liquid or gas fuel barbeques, stoves and heaters can be used at any time, unless a total fire ban has been declared.
Visit Explore Parks WA website for more information about Warren National Park.
Nature Play WA would like to thank the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for providing valuable information about Warren National Park.