News and events

Discovering the Kimberley on foot

If the Kimberley is on your radar for May, if you would like to see some of the stunning country around Kununurra, enjoy a bushwalking challenge and don’t mind getting up early, here’s an event that ticks all those boxes. Wild Walks tours (not for the faint hearted) will be on offer on 17, 20, …

Capitalising on Western Australia’s wildflower bounty

Western Australia has some 12,500 flowering species, 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else in the world.  The wildflower season, producing an extravaganza of colour and interest, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Making the most of opportunities to take best tourism advantage of this unique point of difference for Western …

A tribute to our jarrah

Guest Contributor: Robert Koenig-Luck, Camera Operator/Editor, ABC TV The jarrah trees in Western Australia’s South West forests are to me a symbol of strength and natural beauty. My home, built in 1913, is jarrah weather board and iron, with jarrah floors throughout. My ancestors, who were a part of the Group Settlement Scheme in the …

Margaret Forrest Exhibition

The March issue of the WA Parks Foundation newsletter included an article about one of Australia’s early botanical artists, Margaret Forrest. We’ve since been advised that a collection of Margaret Forrest’s wildflower watercolours will be on display 10 am to 4 pm weekdays (except public holidays) at the Royal Western Australian Historical Society (RWAHS) Museum, …

Nikulinsky Naturally

An expansive exhibition by Perth-based, internationally recognised botanical and wildlife artist, Philippa Nikulinsky will be held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia from 25 May to 17 August 2019. Nikulinsky Naturally, which has been several years in the planning, is a survey of Philippa’s work from the 1970s to …

Meet some gentle giants

The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival from 25 – 27 May, marks the beginning of the whale shark season, welcoming these gentle giants to Exmouth’s pristine waters. The region is home to the most predictable, seasonal aggregations of whale sharks in the world. Despite their huge size, these docile creatures are filter feeders – one of only …

Urban greenspace benefits kids’ mental health

The importance of nature to children’s development has been confirmed in numerous studies across decades. It has been further reinforced in a recent Danish study which found that residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of mental health problems from adolescence into adulthood. This nation-wide study covering more than 900,000 people found …

Cultural legacy of a wildflower love affair

Margaret Forrest, wife of Western Australia’s first Premier was one of Australia’s early botanical artists.  It’s thought that her love of bushland and wildflowers may have had some influence on Sir John Forrest’s decision to proclaim Western Australia’s first national park. Lady Forrest, born Margaret Elvire Hamersley, showed an early interest in watercolour painting.  In …

Spoilt for choice in Autumn

Western Australia’s south coast, with an abundance of national parks and reserves, has been described as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Its natural wonders of dramatic coastline, pristine beaches, sheltered waterways, ancient forests and trails are a huge drawcard for tourists from throughout the State and further afield. Autumn, with its cooler …

Counting cockies…it’s on again!

The Great Cocky Count, now in its 10th year, is a long-term citizen science survey of black cockatoos in Western Australia. On Sunday April 7, 2019 at sunset, volunteers will monitor known roost sites and count black-cockatoos as they come in to their evening roosts. Records submitted will provide a snapshot of black-cockatoo populations. Over …