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!

Fitzgerald NP Map


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.



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 for specifics on minimal impact camping combined with bushwalking, 4WDriving, mountain biking, horse-riding, trail bike-riding, boating or fishing.