Join your hosts Paris Naday and Darmin Cameron on an intimate journey exploring the magnificent Fitzgerald River National Park. Known locally as the ‘Fitz’, the park stretches along Western Australia’s rugged south coast from Hopetoun to Bremer Bay. Over seven episodes you’ll hear from conservation experts and passionate locals who explain what makes this park one of Australia’s most valuable and scenic conservation areas, and an unforgettable experience. You’ll discover how to get there, some of the unique and rare plants and animals you might see, and the many ways you can explore and enjoy the park including day trips, camping overnight and epic walks.
In this podcast we're going to tell you how to get there, the history of the 'Fitz', some of its features, facilities for bush walking camping and day trips, some of the plants and animals you might see there, including rare and endangered species found nowhere else in the world, and why the Fitz is globally significant.
2. Plants and animals
The Fitz is famous for the diversity of its plants and animals and has been recognised internationally as a biodiversity hotspot of global significance. From the massive migrating southern right whales visiting the calm waters off the coast to the nectar-loving honey-possums that can fit into a child's palm, from the striking majesty of the royal hakea to the delicate, pale pink and cream blossoms of the endangered Fitzgerald woolly bush, the biological diversity of the Fitz is exceptional. In this podcast we will be telling you about the special flora and fauna of the park.
In this podcast we will be telling you about the distinctive geological features of the Fitz and some of its dramatic billion-year history. The beauty and the drama of the Fitzgerald coast lie in the jagged headlands, the sheer sea cliffs and secluded sandy coves that have been sculpted from the weather-beaten rock. The complex geology of the Fitz has given rise to a wide variety of landforms with a range of soil types and habitats. It is the unique groups of plants and animals that have evolved to inhabit these distinctive geological niches that have given the Fitz its global status as a biodiversity hotspot.
4. Eastern side of the Park
The Fitzgerald River National Park is divided into two recreation areas, western and eastern. In this podcast we will be taking you on a journey into the eastern side of the park where coastal peaks, inland mountain ranges, beaches, river inlets, spectacular lookouts, unique and diverse wildlife, and impressive geological landforms are just some of the things that will delight, amaze and inspire you.
5. Hakea Walk Trail
What do you get when you combine an internationally acclaimed biodiversity hotspot with a unique and ancient geological history, diverse landforms and spectacular views - you get the Fitzgerald River National Park, an excellent place for bush walking. There are a number of short walks in the park and two long walk trails. In this podcast we will be taking you on a journey along the Hakea Walk Trail, a world class walk along the eastern coastline of the Fitzgerald River National Park. Hakea Trail is a spectacular, sometimes rugged walk along the Park's eastern coastline, starting at Cave Point car park and finishing some 23km to the west near Quoin Head, on the edge of the park’s central wilderness.
6. Western side of the Park
The Fitzgerald River National Park is famous for the diversity of its plants and animals and has been recognised internationally as a biodiversity hotspot of global significance. The Fitz is divided into two recreation areas, western and eastern. In this podcast we will be describing the features, historical aspects and short walk trails on the western side of the park.
7. Mamang Trail
In this podcast we will be taking you on a journey along the Mamang Walk Trail. This is an outstanding walk along what is a very spectacular part of the Park's coastline. On the way we will detail many of the special features of the trail. To learn more about the plants and animals you might see on the walk, listen to the flora and fauna podcast in this set of podcasts about the Fitz. Mamang Trail is a 15.5km (31km return) walk along part of the spectacular Fitzgerald River National Park coastline from Point Ann to Point Charles, overlooking the Fitzgerald River mouth and mountain peaks of the central wilderness area beyond. Mamang is a south coast Aboriginal name for whale and many traditional stories about Mamang are evidence of the close relationship the Noongar Aboriginal people had with these annual visitors to this coast.