The South Coast area of Western Australia is internationally renown for the diversity of its plants, animals and ecosystems. It has been recognised as one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots and has been highlighted for its significance and immediate need of protection and conservation.
A popular destination for those who like a variety in coastline and landscape, it is a naturally unique and extraordinary environment. Leave No Trace encourages a special consideration to the protection and care of all natural and cultural heritage places.
As you visit this special country, please take care to Leave No Trace!
Phytophthora cinnamomi is a soil-borne organism known to cause root-rot disease of which almost half of Australian flora species are susceptible. Banksias, grass trees dryandras, leucopogons, hibbertias and many other plants of the forests, woodlands and coastal heaths and wetlands are destroyed by this form of dieback. The appearance of dead foliage is a sign of it’s progression in trees and other vegetation. An aggressive threat, it is a huge problem in the South Coast area. This vegetation loss destroys unique habitat for many mammal and bird species, which depend on the eucalypt forests and woodlands and the montane heathlands of the South Coast for their food and shelter. Phytophthora cinnamomi spreads through the transference of affected soil and invades plant roots and stems. We have spread dieback by transporting mud in our boots, tyre treads and other gear. Make sure you have checked each item and washed all mud before and after travelling through an area (even if it is not an identified affected area). Follow all directions on signage, use wash down stations where provided and avoid all known dieback areas.
Check with the tourist bureau in Denmark, Albany and Esperance Visitor Centres for the most current information on all forms of activities and accommodation in the area. See website information and contact details on the back of this guide.
Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australia (DEC) National Parks and Nature Reserves of the South Coast Region:
Mt. Lindesay NP, West Cape Howe NP, Torndirrup NP Waychinicup NP, Bald Island NR, Stirling Range NP Lake Magenta NR, Fitzgerald River NP, Frank Hann NP Stokes NP, Cape Le Grand NP, Cape Arid NP
DEC promotes the use of Leave No Trace principles in all of their parks. Please follow all guidelines to minimise your impact.
For more information online: www.naturebase.net
Visitors are encouraged to transport their rubbish back to major population centres such as Albany or Esperance. Plan Ahead by having a container and rubbish bags for storage in the back of your vehicle.
Check with DEC or the Leave No Trace South Coast Region Skills and Ethics Booklet for more area information or www.lnt.org.au/activities for specifics on minimal impact camping combined with bushwalking, 4WDriving, mountain biking, horse-riding, trail bike-riding, boating or fishing.
Leave No Trace Australia
P.O. Box 71, Cottesloe WA
Ph: 08 9384 9062
DEC (Dept. of Environment and Conservation)
South Coast Regional Office
120 Albany Hwy, Albany WA 6330
Ph: 08 9842 4500
Regional Fax: 08 9481 3320
District Fax: 08 9841 7105
Albany Visitor Centre
Old Railway Station
Proudlove Parade, Albany WA 6330
Ph: 08 9841 9290
Fax: 08 9842 1490
Esperance Visitor Centre
P.O. Box 507, Esperance WA 6450
Ph: 08 9071 2330 1300 664 455
Fax: 08 90714543
Denmark Visitor Centre
73 South Coast Road, Denmark WA 6333
Ph: 08 9848 2055
Friends of Fitzgerald National Park
Ravensthorpe Visitors Centre and Museum
Morgans Street, Ravensthorpe WA 6346
Tel/Fax 08 9838 1277
Due to the unique mixture of the regions geologic history and soil formation, the South Coast is home to a myriad of species of flora and fauna. This abundance in the variety of species, many of them endemic and threatened, combined with the current pressure from threatening processes has made the South Coast of Western Australia internationally recognised as one of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots. We can ensure the South Coast’s bio-security by becoming knowledgeable of its threatening processes and participate in its recovery and protection.
The Western Ground Parrot is one of three endangered birds in the region. It spends its time walking on the ground, foraging for fruits and seeds. Respect this special wildlife by staying on established tracks and keeping well clear of nesting sites.
The Dibbler is a small marsupial, which until 1967 was thought to be extinct in the area. The Dibbler as well as several other small mammals such as the Pygmy Possum have declined rapidly since European settlement due to clearing of vegetation, predation by feral animals and altered fire regimes. Help protect these animals by making sure you have reduced your personal impact by following all Leave No Trace principles during your visit.
For more information on the Western Shield program which aims to protect these special creatures check online: www.naturebase.net
Funding for the South Coast Leave No Trace project generously provided by BHP Billiton Nickel West Ravensthorpe Nickel.
Valued contibutions made by DEC, the shires of Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup,Esperance, Albany and Denmark, and volunteer community groups and South Coast Natural Resource Management.