Thinking back of François Péron National Park, the breathtaking red sand and rock formations immediately come to mind. As a wildlife lover, I couldn’t be happier with the emu’s, eagles, cormorants and the turtle we saw. But there is one special moment that gave me goosebumps: a group of dolphins playing with a stingray right in front of us.
Situated in the most northern point of the Peron Peninsula, François Péron is one of the highlights of Western Australia. The national park is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage and we fully understand why! The coastal scenery and wildlife in François Péron NP are stunning and unique! The road from Overlander Roadhouse to Monkey Mia is a beautiful 2WD World Heritage drive that passes by François Péron National Park. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page to stay up to date with my upcoming post about the route.
Do you need a 4WD?
I spent one day with a 4WD guide to explore the beauty of François Péron National Park. Without a 4WD vehicle, you won’t be able to get further in François Péron NP than the homestead. This is where your fear of missing out should go to your feed. The homestead is a ‘nice to see’, but the red cliffs, viewpoint and wildlife are why you visit the park.
We rented a 2WD campervan to drive from Perth to Karijini National Park so we couldn’t enter François Péron NP on our own. So we went with a tour guide from the Ocean Park Aquarium. It was not a cheap tour as we were with 2 and we had to pay for 4, the minimum required for the day trip. I can’t believe that there weren’t enough people to explore the park. Did I consider renting a 4WD myself? No. But if you know how to properly drive a 4WD and how to reduce your tyre pressure yourself, I would recommend keeping your hand on the purse strings. Would I like to learn how to drive a 4WD car? Yes 🙂
Highlights of François Péron National Park
The highlights of Francois Peron NP that are easily accessible with a 4WD from south to north.
Peron Homestead Precinct
This remote sheep station gives you insights of what live was like as a sheep shearer.
While driving over the sandy roads, the car leaves red clouds of dust behind us. Our guide tells about the aboriginal language, the pearl camp, nature and animals. Cape Peron is the park’s most northern point of the peninsula and is a great place to have lunch.
A 1,5-kilometre trail that follows the cliffs between Cape Peron and Skipjack Point.
If you are lucky you can spot wildlife from Skipjack Point! We
There are a few places in Francois Peron that we didn’t see during our one day visit. Have you been to these spots and would you like to share your story on our blog? Just drop me a line 🙂
- Big Lagoon
- Kraskoe’s Tank
- Cattle Well
- Gregories and Gregories
- Herald Bight
Tips for travelling to François Péron National Park
Some practical tips that make your life easier:
- Bring a fly net
- Drink loads of water
- Use sunscreen