This is our final blog in our series on the different nature parks near Perth, Western Australia. Although Perth is a big and fast growing, 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. Part six of our series highlighted the marine parks near Perth Western Australia: Marmion Marine Park, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, and Swan Estuary Marine Park.

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Lane Poole Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Carnac Island Nature Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Perth Nature Reserve Parks

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Lane Poole Reserve Photo Credit: VisitPeel.com.au

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Carnac Island Nature Reserve Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Gnangarra – Own work, Digital Photograph, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=755014

Today, in our final blog in the series, we will cover the Nature Reserves near Perth: Matilda Bay Reserve, Lane Poole Reserve, and Carnac Island Nature Reserve.  It is 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.

Matilda Bay Reserve

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Matilda Bay Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Matilda Bay Reserve is located right on the Swan River just outside Perth’s CBD in the suburb of Crawley near Kings Park. It is a thin strip of land along the river and is 20.6 hectares of land. If you are staying in Perth, this is a great escape from the city life. It is a perfect getaway for locals and holiday goers alike. Things to do in Matilda Bay Reserve include bird watching, windsurfing, walking, biking, swimming, or rowing. There are also free electric barbecues available. It is a popular spot for parties and weddings. While in the park, you are likely to spot the 20 bottlenose dolphins that live in the Swan River. Birds on the watch list here include pelicans, swans, ducks, terns, herons, and cormorants.

Lane Poole Reserve

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Lane Poole Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Jarrah Tree (Eucalyptus marginata) Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Amanda Slater from Coventry, West Midlands, UK – King Jarrah. Pemberton WAUploaded by berichard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13051170

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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo in a Jarrah tree Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By User Beilby on en.wikipedia – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=938156

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Lane Poole Reserve Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

The Lane Pool Reserve is the largest park in the northern jarrah forest; it encompasses over 50,000 hectares. It is located a little over 100 km south of Perth. It is named for Western Australia’s first conservator of forests, CE Lane Poole. Poole is a big reason for the conservation and sustainable management of Western Australia’s forests. Many of these nature parks near Perth and throughout the state are protected thanks to him. The Bibbulmun Track and the Murray River both pass through the Lane Poole Reserve. The Murray River is a big presence in the park, flowing through undammed, it meanders slowly in spring and summer but during winter, it’s a fast moving white water adventure for canoeists and kayakers. The Bibbulmun Track is one of the longest walking tracks in Australia and it runs through several parks between Kalamunda in the Perth Hills down to the south coast of Albany. The track is a total of 1000 km. The great thing about it though is that if you are just visiting Lane Poole Reserve, you can just do part of the walk and still get the chance to say you were on this world famous walk. 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. Camping, mountain biking, fishing, and horseback riding are all popular activities in the park throughout the year. If you are on holiday with your dog, they are allowed in the park as long as they are on leash at all times.

Carnac Island Nature Reserve

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Carnac Island Nature Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Carnac Island Nature Reserve Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Carnac Island Nature Reserve Photo Credit: Google Maps

Carnac Island Nature Reserve is located just off the coast of Fremantle, south of Perth. The most popular attraction on Carnac Island are the Australian sea lions. The reserve protects this important destination for these animals which are the rarest sea lion in the world. The way to get to Carnac Island Nature Reserve is on one of the many boat charter tours from the mainland. As the boat captains or tour directors will tell you, do not get close to the sea lions. Even though they are quite adorable, they can be aggressive if they feel threatened and only males of the species visit the island. There are plenty of seabirds to see on the island too including little penguins, wedge-tailed shearwaters, pied cormorants, pied oystercatchers and Caspian, bridled and crested terns. Remember that this island is a protected reserve and the nesting birds here should not be disturbed. Visitors should remain on the beaches only since falling rocks and tiger snakes can be a problem inland.

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

We hope you have enjoyed our 7 part look at all of the National Parks, Regional Parks, Marine Parks, and Nature Reserves. Next time you visit Perth, be sure to take advantage of all the protected land surrounding the metropolitan capital of Western Australia. Take your time to explore in this region of Australia.