Lesueur National Park

Known as a biodiversity hotspot, Lesueur National Park is a must for anyone who loves wildflowers.

Flowers at Lesueur National Park

With a choice of hiking trails, a drive trail and picnic sites to choose from, everyone can have their own amazing wildflower experience. Wildlife is also abundant within the park and you are likely to spot a variety of birds and lizards as well.

When to go

The wildflowers are at their best between August and October, but there is something flowering for most of the year.

Wildflowers at Lesueur National Park

Even when the flowers are not at their best, the views over the surrounding hills and valleys and out to the ocean are amazing.

Getting there

Lesueur National Park is located 3hrs north of Perth, slightly inland from Jurien Bay.

Gairdner Rd (off Cockleshell Gully Rd) is the main access road through the park. It can be accessed from Coorow-Greenhead Road in the north or Jurien Rd in the south. Cockleshell Gully Rd is gravel, but very wide and well-maintained. Once in the park, the roads are all sealed.

Entry fees

Road into Lesueur National Park

National Park entry fees apply. Single day use tickets can be purchased at the park entry station or you can purchase tickets, including multi use tickets and annual passes online. Pension discounts apply and RAC members can get a further discount on annual passes.

Caring for Lesueur National Park

Shoe cleaner at Lesueur National Park

So far, Lesueur National Park is relatively dieback free, so it is REALLY important to use the boot cleaning stations provided at the start of each trail. They consist of a pair of stiff brushes that help remove dirt and weed seeds that are stuck to your footwear. Just follow the instructions!

Camping at Lesuer

Caravan parks with full facilities are located at Greenhead and Jurien. Camping is not permitted within the national park, but there are several bush camps in the area that offer very basic facilities. Check the Visit Turquoise Coast website for details.

Things to Do at Lesueur National Park

Whilst visiting Lesueur National Park, there are a number of areas to explore, including:

Lesueur Scenic Drive 

Flowers at Lesueur National Park

Lesueur Scenic Drive follows Gairdner Rd, which takes you past both Drummonds and Cockleshell Gully day use areas. The 18.5km drive trail is one way and must be driven anticlockwise.

There are plenty of wildflowers to see along the way, including a number of varieties of banksia with their large spectacular blooms.

Parking bays are provided at a number of locations, so you can safely get out of the car for a closer look and to read the interpretive signage provided.

Drummonds Day Use Area 

Drummonds is the starting point for most of the walk trails within the park. A large parking area and toilets are the only facilities provided.

Boot cleaning stations are provided at the start of the trails. Please use them, so that diseases, including dieback and weed seeds are not carried into the park.

Botanical Path

This fully accessible trail starts in the Drummonds carpark and follows a bitumen path, past several interpretive panels. The path is 400m return.

Iain Wilson Lookout

From the Drummonds carpark, follow the sealed path for 230m to the Iain Wilson Lookout. In spring, expect to see lots of wildflowers along the way.

Gairdner Walk Trail

Starting in the Drummonds carpark and following the same path to the Iain Wilson Lookout, this 1.8km, Class 3 trail winds around the back of the hill where you have stunning views across to Mt Lesueur and Mt Michaud. 

Most of the trail is a narrow path through low heathlands and stands of Wando. The last part of the trail is a wide gravel-access road.

Mt Lesueur Walk Trail

Starting on the Gairdner Trail, go past the Iain Wilson Lookout and watch out for the Mt Lesueur trail markers on your right. 

This narrow trail takes you down into the gully before zig zagging your way to the top of Mt Lesueur, where you will have stunning views over the valley and right out to the Indian Ocean. 

This Class 3 trail is 3.5km return, but can be combined with the Gairdner loop to make a 5.3km walk.

Yonga Walk Trail

This Class 4 trail is a 26km loop starting at the Drummonds carpark. It can be completed as an epic one day hike taking around 8 hours to complete or tackled over two days, by camping overnight in the small campsite provided. 

Use of the campsite is free, but bookings are essential and can be made on the Park Stay website. There is a picnic table and shelter at the campsite. Untreated rainwater is available; tank levels depend on recent rainfall. Be sure to use the tent platform provided. Camping is not permitted anywhere else along the trail. 

The trail winds its way through the park to the top of ridges where you will be rewarded with dramatic views of the surrounding countryside, through shady gullies and stands of wandoo. Birds and other wildlife are prolific. In spring the wildflowers are spectacular.

Much of the trail is through open heathland and best hiked in the cooler months. It is closed during December, January and February and hiking is not recommended during November, March and April.

Cockleshell Gully Picnic Area

Located at the northern end of the park, Cockleshell Gully picnic area is a beautiful spot to take a break and unpack the picnic basket. There is plenty of parking, with shaded picnic tables and toilets provided. The Yued Ponar Trail starts from this area.

Yued Ponar Walk Trail

Expect spectacular scenery as this 7km Class 4 trail winds its way along creek lines and to the top of Mt Peron. 

Pass through open heathland and the occasional stand of Wandoo. There are two short side trails taking you to lookouts with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and distant hills.

Follow the trail markers from the Cockleshell Gully picnic area. Most of the trail is a narrow path, but the last section is a wide sandy track.

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