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Francois Peron National Park
Western Australia
IUCN Category II (National Park)
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Francois Peron National Park is located in Western Australia
Francois Peron National Park
Francois Peron National Park
Location in Western Australia
Nearest town or city Geraldton, Western Australia
Established 1993
Area 525.87 km2 (203.0 sq mi)
Managing authorities Department of Parks and Wildlife
Website Francois Peron National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Francois Peron National Park is a national park on the Peron Peninsula in Western Australia, 726 km north of Perth, and located within the boundary of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. The nearest towns to the park are Denham, which is found on the southern edge of the park and Carnarvon which is found about 80 kilometres (50 mi) to the north.

Salt Covered "Birrida" Francois Peron NP
A salt encrusted branch on a super saline "birrida" in Francois Peron National Park

Names and earlier uses

Aboriginal Australians were the initial inhabitants of the area and have been living there for over 26,000 years. The local peoples who speak the Malgana language call the area Wulyibidi.

It is named after the French naturalist and explorer François Péron who was the zoologist aboard Nicolas Baudin's 1801 and 1803 scientific expeditions to Western Australia, and is situated within the bounds of the earlier pastoral lease of the Peron Station.

Locations from the French exploration era include:

  • Guichenault (east coast of the Peron Peninsula)
  • Cape Lesueur (west coast of the Peron Peninsula)
  • Lake Montbazin

A pearling camp was established on the peninsula at Herald Bight in the 1880s and the remains of the shells can still be found along the beach.

Used as a sheep station from the early 1900s onwards the station was sold to the state government in 1990.

It was gazetted on 8 January 1993 as a National Park – through the purchase of Peron Station (Pastoral Lease 3114/761) in 1990.


It is adjacent to and surrounded by the Shark Bay Marine Park to the west, north and east, and by the Denham to Monkey Mia road to the south.


Picnic, boat launching and camping areas along the west coast of the Peninsula include:

  • Big Lagoon
  • Cape Lesueur
  • Cattle Well
  • South Gregories
  • Gregories
  • Bottle Bay
Red cliffs at Bottle Bay
Red cliffs at Bottle Bay
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