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The trail up East Mount Barren is a short but moderately difficult walk offering impressive views from the summit over Culham Inlet, the Eyre Range, Hamersley Inlet and the peaks of mid Mount Barren and Thumb Peak. Offering flowers throughout the year.
The Barrens are a prominent feature of the Fitzgerald River National Park because the quartzite of their sedimentary rocks has resisted weathering more than other rock types. Over time, the lines of weakness have created boulders and smaller rocks, with crevices that provide a diversity of wildlife. The slopes of East Mount Barren contain many of the endemic species of Fitzgerald River National Park. At the base of the peak there is a mallee-heath community comprising eucalypts, myrtles, banksias and pea flowers. Mountain banksia, and the bright red Barrens regelia attract honeyeaters while honey possums search out more discrete flowers closer to the gound. Barrens clawflower, trigger plants and jugflowers appear higher up the trail. The trail commences on a timber Boardwalk and then follows the western ridge towaRoads the summit. The first ridge and final 50 metres to the summit are rough underfoot, steep and often slippery. The path is marked and it is essentail to look for these markers. The section of path near the summit looks like a rock wall; however the path leads through clefts in the rock and some scrambling is required to attain the summit.
About the region
Fitzgerald River National Park is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Within the park are found nearly 20 percent of Western Australia’s flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries. The park features a tantalising variety of landscapes to explore from rolling plains, colourful breakaways, rugged peaks and headlands to stunning bays and inlets. During winter, southern right whales shelter close to shore with their newborn calves.
Start Point: Hamersley Inlet Road, Fitzgerald River National Park, 600km from Perth
End Point: Hamersley Inlet Road, Fitzgerald River National Park, 600km from Perth
Region: Fitzgerald River National Park, Golden Outback
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