Greg James

Far West Coast Marine Park

Far West Coast Marine Park
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General Marine Park Information

The Far West Coast Marine Park comprises some 1690km2, located in area between the Western Australian border and the sandhills at Tchalingaby (near the southern edge of Waygunyah Conservation Reserve). It is, for the most part, high energy sand beaches with inner and outer surf zones, broken up by rocky headlands and reef controlled rips. This is the marine park that has been the safety haven for our sensational southern whales to give birth and sanctuary to their young, and so provides spectacular sights for fortunate travellers.

GPS Boundaries*

  • The north western boundary point of the Far West Coast Marine Park is approximately 129񲤃.08擡, 314112.91擲.
  • It extends in an easterly direction, following the coast at median high water mark to the point 132񲤂.97擡, 315238.75擲.
  • The zone then extends southwards out into open water, reaching the seaward limit of the State coastal waters at approximately 132񲤂.97擡, 315616.08擲, before running back in a westerly direction paralleling the coast to the point 129񲤃.08擡, 314429.80擲

Fishing Information

Commercial fishing is for abalone, rock lobster, shark, tuna & marine scale licences to name a few. The recreational fisho needs to take care on the rugged coastline, with a good 4WD required to access most beaches. There is some great fishing to be had in the rip areas and channels that form along the inner surf zones: Salmon are often caught during their migratory runs in January-March, mullet on the balmier summer nights and King George whiting, snook and even the odd tuna if you're boating out off the coast as well. The reefs in the outer surf zone also host abalone and southern rock lobster.

*Note: GPS boundaries are approximate positions only. For more detailed information, please refer to the DEH website