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West Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP West Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 1.7 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

      Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Enjoy sensational views of the Fitzgerald River National Park and the Fitzgerald coast from West Mount Barren. This is a 1.7km return bushwalk and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

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Queelup (place of the rock sheoak) is the Aboriginal Noongar name for this pale grey quartzite peak at the western end of the iconic Barrens Range. A walk to the ridgeline midway up the northern slope or to the summit is rewarded with sweeping views of the park and coast. 
The view takes in Gordon Inlet, Trigelow Beach, Point Ann and the distant outline of the central Barrens - Mid Mount Barren and Thumb Peak. On a clear day the Stirling Range (over 100km to the west) may be visible.

Botanical treasures
The peak and rolling plains below are blanketed in a diversity of plants that will delight nature lovers. Sixty-two plant species are found only in Fitzgerald River National Park, with a further 48 species more or less confined to the park. These include the Barrens regelia (Regelia velutina) and Barrens clawflower (Calothamnus validus), which grow only on the quartzite ridges and peaks of the Barrens Range. On the approach to West Mount Barren you will also discover the exquisite Quaalup bell (Pimelia physodes) and the Royal hakea (Hakea victoria), the park’s most famous and certainly most striking plant.

East Mt Barren Ranger Station

08 9838 3060

Albany Visitor Centre

(08) 6820 3700

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Time / Duration

1-2 hours


1.7km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

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Hazards & Warnings

Cliff risks are significant in this park



Campgrounds are located on the western side of the park at St Mary Inlet near Point Ann and on the eastern side of the park at Hamersley Inlet and Four Mile Campground. Camp fees apply. Accommodation is also available at Quaalup, where the renovated and heritage listed Quaalup Homestead is located.
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Trail Access

2WD access. Note that many roads in the park are unsealed and may be closed after heavy rain.

Prohibited Items

No pets in National Parks
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1 trail goers have rated West Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP as 5 out of 5!

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Bruce Weiland

Reviewed 12 Dec 2022, 6:34pm

Great place that is more isolated than Frenchman's Peak that I also climbed this trip. Also only one other couple, unlike busier Frenchmans Peak. Easier walk than Frenchmans Peak because this is largely more of a normal walking trail up the hill as opposed to Frenchmans Peak scaling rock face, although this Mt Barren also does have some rocky sections to scale up/down. Great wildflowers out even in early December. Great views at the top of the beautiful Fitzgerald River NP. No facilities here. Recommended.

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