Drovers Cave National Park


Drovers Cave National Park
Drovers Cave National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Map showing the location of Drovers Cave National Park
Map showing the location of Drovers Cave National Park
Nearest city Jurien Bay
Coordinates 30°14′04″S 115°05′16″E / 30.23444°S 115.08778°E / -30.23444; 115.08778Coordinates: 30°14′04″S 115°05′16″E / 30.23444°S 115.08778°E / -30.23444; 115.08778
Area 2,681 ha (6,620 acres)[1]
Established 1972
Governing body Department of Environment and Conservation
Official website

Drovers Cave National Park is a national park in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (Australia), 201 kilometres (125 mi) northwest of Perth. The nearest town is Jurien Bay 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the west.

The area is composed of limestone and numerous caves are known to exist within the park boundaries. Many of the caves are locked with screens to keep visitors out in the interest of public safety and to prevent vandalism.[2]

Some of the other caves found within the park include Hastings, Moora, Old river and Mystery caves. Hastings cave is known to contain fossils.[3]

Drovers Cave was well known to early explorers and stockmen; the location of the site near to the Canning Stock Route meant it was often visited by drovers, hence the name. The first known visit to the cave was a drover who signed the cave wall in 1886. Many more visits occurred between 1930 and 1940. The cave was surveyed in 1973 and gazetted as part of the National Park the same year.[4]

Native flora within the park includes shrub banksia, One-sided Bottlebrush and Parrot Bush. Fauna includes Emus, Honey Possums, Western Pygmy Possums, Short-beaked Echidnas, Western Grey Kangaroos, Australian Bustards and many reptiles.[5]

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