New Smart Park Maps

Francois Peron National Park is the most recent inclusion the WA Parks Foundation’s Smart Park Maps series.

The series, sponsored by BHP, is delivered by the WA Parks Foundation in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Smart Park Maps make it easier to navigate Western Australia’s most popular parks when preparing for a visit and when in areas where there is no mobile reception. Both the app and the maps are free to download and, providing the maps are downloaded while there is a network connection, they can be used in real-time in the parks without a network connection and without roaming charges.

Big Lagoon camping area, Francois Peron National Park | credit: DBCA

The Smart Park Map now available for downloading for Francois Peron shows points of interest and access roads, including those suitable for four-wheel drives only.  Accommodation, including camping and caravan sites, and picnic and boating facilities are also shown.

Francois Peron National Park, part of the Shark Bay world heritage area, is known for its contrasting red cliffs, white beaches and turquoise waters. It has a rich cultural history beginning with the Malgana people and a fascinating recent pastoral history.

The park offers a wilderness experience for four-wheel-drivers. Easy driving distance from Denham and Monkey Mia, the Francois Peron Heritage Precinct is accessible by two-wheel drive, but to access the remainder of the park a high clearance four-wheel drive is essential.

Cape Peron cormorants | credit: DBCA

The Wanamalu Walk Trail stretches for 1.5 km along the cliff edge between Cape Peron and Skipjack Point, where there is a viewing platform. Spectacular red sand cliffs extend in either direction, offering fantastic photo opportunities. The 45-minute (one-way) walk provides excellent views of the coastline and it is common to see marine wildlife such as rays, sharks, dolphins, schools of fish and flocks of cormorants.

To view Smart Park Maps, download the free Avenza Maps app to your tablet or smartphone via:

Then visit the Avenza map store to download your maps.