About this park
The Northern Yilgarn Conservation Reserve lie on the former Jaurdi pastoral station. Jaurdi Homestead still remains and now offers basic accommodation for visitors. Make this your base to stay a while and explore the area.
The area is part of the Great Western Woodlands, the largest remaining area of intact Mediterranean climate woodland left on Earth. There’s a rich diversity of eucalypts, and several rare plants. More than 100 kinds of bird, over 36 reptile species and two types of frog call the reserves home.
The natural landscape is equally varied. While bushwalking you will see sand plains, granite rocks, banded ironstone formations and salt lakes. On the breakaways north of the homestead is a spectacular stand of the inland wandoo trees. It’s worth seeing.
The reserves are steeped in gold mining and pastoralism. A rough four-wheel drive track follows a series of rocks. It was once the old Goldfields Stagecoach route from Yellowdine to Goongarrie. The remnants of two old graves can also be found. One belongs to an Afghan camel driver, and the other, near Wallangie Rock, belongs to an old prospector.
While you’re exploring the area stay safe by watching your step. There are several old mines, a number of unsecured shafts and dangerous excavations as well as active mining.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded in Northern Yilgarn Conservation Reserve.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Northern Yilgarn Conservation Reserves.