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 …

New Board member welcomed

The WA Parks Foundation Board’s newest member, Marissa Verma brings a wealth of experience to this role, particularly in the area of community engagement and delivery of cultural education programs. Her career pathway reflects an enduring passion to share her knowledge of the rich culture of the Whadjuk Noongar people – history, values and traditions. …

Sharing Aboriginal culture and heritage

The suite of opportunities for guided tours in Western Australia to learn about Aboriginal culture continues to expand. The most recent businesses to join the Discover Aboriginal Experiences program are Cape Cultural Tours in the Margaret River region and Narlijia Experiences operating from Broome in the Kimberley. Cape Cultural Tours, based at Cape Naturaliste, are …

National recognition for walking tours business

Congratulations to WA Park Ambassador Ryan Mossny and other members of the walking tours team at Two Feet & a Heartbeat for their recent success in the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards announced earlier this month in Launceston. Their Gold Medal was for the Excellence in Food Tours category. Ryan co-founded the multi-award winning Two …

Gary and Gaia

Contributor: David de Vos, Park Ambassador If you’re heading into the south west, go all the way to the coast, to Walpole, where I promise there’s a gem to be found! Gary Muir is in his mid-fifties and fit as a mallee bull. His head’s shaved, his feet are bare and he’s in shorts. Perhaps …

Boys’ Own

A contribution from writer Nelson Mews What middle-aged Perth bloke wouldn’t want the chance to come back as a barefoot boy just messing about in a little boat on the Swan River with his mates, having adventures like Huck and Jim on the mighty Mississippi? One fabulous February morning this year six veteran sailors, average …

Yanchep’s koalas

An opportunity to come face to face with some of Australia’s unique wildlife is a highlight for many overseas visitors. Kangaroos and koalas, being among the most famous, tend to be high on the list and one of the best places close to Perth to see these fascinating marsupials is Yanchep National Park. Although there …