Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at all of the fabulous different types of parks near Perth. Although Perth is a big, metropolitan city that is the capital of Western Australia, the surrounds are filled with 15 national parks, 8 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series  featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. In our fourth series, we took a look at the Regional Parks around Perth: Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. Our fifth post covered the other regional parks: Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park.

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Marmion Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Swan Estuary Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Perth Marine Parks

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Marmion MarinePark Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Shoalwater Island Marine Park Photo Credit: ExperiencePerth.com

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Swan Estuary Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Today, we are featuring the marine parks near Perth: Marmion Marine Park, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, and Swan Estuary Marine Park. When you are having fun in the sun in Perth’s marine parks, be sure to stay safe and protected. Always swim with a buddy and protect yourself from the sun’s rays with sunscreen, hats, and clothing.

Marmion Marine Park

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Marmion Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Marmion Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Marmion Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Marmion Marine Park Coral Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Marmion Marine Park Cuttlefish Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Marmion Marine Park Sea Lion Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Marmion Marine Park is located just 20 minutes north of Perth on the coast. The marine park covers 10,500 hectares from Trigg Island north to Burns Beach. Marmion was declared a marine park in 1987 and was the first of its kind in Western Australia. There is much to see and do here. The limestone reefs are parallel to the coastline and have very unique formations, caves, and platforms, lagoons, and small islands that the tropical fish and marine life call home. Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins are also frequent visitors to the reef. During migration season in May and again in September through November, humpback whales can be spotted here. Water sports and fun in the sun rule the day here. You can go boating, swimming, kite surfing, wind surfing, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, and more. There are also guided activities like SCUBA and snorkelling charters, fishing charters, and whale watching tours.

Shoalwater Islands Marine Park

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Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is located about an hour south of Perth near the city of Rockingham. This protected park spans over 6,540 hectares of land and sea from Garden Island Causeway south to Becher Point. Most of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is over water. When you visit here, you will realise why it is a protected area. So much marine life converges here. There are penguins, sea lions, and dolphins that play in these waters and inhabit the chain of limestone islands within Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. You can explore the waters from below or above by taking a ferry tour, boat charter, diving charter, kayak tour or fishing expedition (fishing is allowed outside the sanctuary and scientific reference zones). Several islands fall within the boundaries of the marine park, but there are two that are most well-known. There is Seal Island where you can find the sea lions and Penguin Island where you can walk on the boardwalks and walkways. Penguin Island is closed from early June to mid- September because that is the penguins breeding season. Other fun things to do in Shoalwater Islands Marine Park include windsurfing, water skiing, and surfing. There are several popular dive sites, you will likely be taking a charter or tour out and they will let you know that you need a diving permit that can be obtained from the Rockingham Visitor Centre.

Swan Estuary Marine Park

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Swan Estuary Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Swan Estuary Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.a

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Swan Estuary Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Swan Estuary Marine Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

The Swan Estuary Marine Park is located within Perth’s city limits on the banks of the Swan River. The park is made up of three biologically important areas within the Swan River region and they are:

  1. Alfred Cove (200 hectares adjacent to the suburbs of Attadale and Applecross)
  2. Pelican Point (a 45 hectare area in Crawley)
  3. Milyu (95 hectares adjacent to the Como foreshore and Kwinana Freeway)

The statewide fishing regulations apply to fishing in Swan Estuary Marine Park. The recreational fishing rules include species, bag and size limits, seasonal closures, gear restrictions and licence requirements.  The trail from Swan Estuary Marine Park to JH Abrahams Reserve is a great walking option for any skill level and is a great way to see both the marine park and the city. The trail is 26.2 miles and is great for bird watching and looking for wildlife. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. The park is known as Derbarl Yerrigan to the Noongar Aboriginal people who are the original landowners of this region. It has been an important place in their history and culture. In addition to walking, biking, and windsurfing, the park is an important bird area for both local and migratory birds.

Hiring a Car in Perth

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Perth Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are plenty of car rental locations in Perth where you can hire a car so you will find a Budget car hire location that is convenient for wherever your travels are taking you. When you hire a car, you can find the best places to visit and the best deals for your holiday. If you are in Perth City, then you can hire a car  there. Other Perth car hire locations include the Perth Airport car rental or the Perth South car hire location near Fremantle  or in Burswood. When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, roadmaps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips. This will ensure your best car rental experience in Western Australia. Click on any of the links to get a great rate quote for hiring a car or 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Stay tuned for our final part of this series, the Nature Reserves around Perth: Matilda Bay Reserve, Lane Poole Reserve, and Carnac Island Nature Reserve. There is so much protected land surround the metropolitan capital of Western Australia and there is a lot of nature to explore in this region of Australia. We hope you are enjoying our features on Perth’s parks.