There are many locations in national and marine parks where you might choose to swim. If they are shown on this website then you should be able to swim in comparative safety, depending on conditions at the time. You should also be able to access the water without damaging vulnerable riverbanks.

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Beachsafe website and free Beachsafe app have details of about 3,500 beaches in Western Australia, many of them in parks.

Plunging into cool fresh water on a hot day may be refreshing but that does not mean you should jump straight in – the risks may not be easy to see. Please also note that most beaches in parks are not patrolled and life-saving help may not be available.

Even on the hottest of days, water in shaded pools or flowing rivers can be icy cold and lead to cramping or shock. Clear water will not be as deep as it appears. If you can't see the bottom, then you can't see how deep it is and if there are any submerged hazards such as rocks or fallen trees or tree branches. If there are trees around, there are likely to be limbs in the water. Flood waters can contain submerged debris and entanglement hazards.

Do not make or use rope swings. Landing on the bank, rocks or other swimmers can result in serious injury or drowning. Trees and their limbs can also break without warning.

Climbing cliffs or rocks and jumping into the water below is called 'Tombstoning' and has resulted in extremely serious injuries and deaths. The name indicates how dangerous this activity is. Do not do it.

Visit Safety for more information on how to safely enjoy activities in and on the water in beaches and coastal areas and in rivers, lakes and lagoons.

Also see the Department of Health's tips for healthy swimming.

Alfred Cove Nature Reserve

Swan Estuary

Calling all bird watchers - Alfred Cove has more than 140 different species of birds that visit from all over the world.

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Big Brook State Forest

Trees rule here in karri country! Explore a young timber forest and discover trees from around the world.

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Blackwood River National Park

Row, row, row your canoe, gently down the Blackwood River. 

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Canning River Regional Park

Walk, cycle, canoe - go with the flow at Canning River Regional Park. 

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Cape Arid National Park

Take a walk, swim, snorkel, fish, four-wheel drive or camp on the wild side.

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Cape Le Grand National Park

Wild coastal scenery, beaches, bays, and bush walks, life’s grand at Cape Le Grand!

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Cape Range National Park

Raw, natural, nature at its best - Cape Range National Park is part of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.

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Cardabia Coast


Located on the shores of Ningaloo Marine Park, the Cardabia coast offers gently undulating coastline with spectacular scenery.

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Carnac Island Nature Reserve

Boating, swimming, snorkelling or diving – we think you’ll give this island the seal of approval.

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D'Entrecasteaux National Park

An impressive name for an impressive park - explore huge mobile sand dunes, volcanic rock columns by the sea, see a shipwreck, freshwater lakes and so much more.

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Dampier Archipelago Island Reserves

It’s H2O a-go-go at the Dampier Archipelago! Discover the ultimate playground for water enthusiasts and nature lovers.

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Dan͟ggu National Park

This place is Dan͟ggu Gorge-ous!

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