- John Forrest National Park
John Forrest is a
national parkin Western Australia( Australia), 24 km east of Perth. It was the first national park in Western Australia and the second in Australia after Royal National Park.
As early as 1898, the land was reserved for conservation and recreation. Two years later it was named Greenmount National Park and several years later the name was changed to commemorate Sir John Forrest, the first
Premier of Western Australia. cite book
last = Nevill
first = Simon
author = Simon Nevill
title = Travellers guide to the Parks and Reserves of Western Australia
publisher = Simon Nevill Publications
date = 2001ISBN 09585367-1-6]
On the edge of the
Darling Scarpeast of Perth, north of the Great Eastern Highway.The suburb to the west is known as Swan View with Pechey Road as a natural western boundary. To the south of the Great Eastern Highway the suburbs adjacent are Darlington and Glen Forrest. To the east Hovea is the adjacent suburb.
The alignment through the
Swan View Tunneland through the park was commonly known as the 'National Park' railway line.
During the Depression (1930s) many features near the main park buildings were built as part of relief employment. Some have been restored. It also has a Tavern.
It was a very popular railway excursion location while the railway was in existence (1890s to 1960s). Initially Hovea was the nearest railway station but in 1936 the National Park railway station was built. Also often photographed were National Park Falls, and the Hovea Falls.
After the railway line was closed and removed the formation became part of the
Railway Reserve Heritage Trailvested in the Mundaring Shire Council. The section within the park is now known as the John Forrest Heritage Trail. There are also the Glen Brook Walk Trail and the Eage View Walk Trail within the park.
While larger fauna
Kangaroos remain, significant populations of smaller marsupials have been decimated by foxes, feral catsand dogs in this park.
Also drought and dieback have affected the jarrah forest within the park. At the edges of the park, introduced species of weed, and problematic vegetation threaten the integrity of the park.
Also with rationalising of staff within DEC management, earlier levels of staffing on parks such as this one has been reduced to minimal levels.
Significant damaging bushfires occurred in the western and northern sections of the park in the 1990s and early 2000s..
Access to the Tavern and facilities area requires payment, whereas the scenic drive through the park remains free.
** 27 km²
** 6 671.8 acre
** 2 700 hectare
*Date of establishment:
*Managing authorities: Department of Environment and Conservation
*IUCN category: II
Protected areas of Western Australia
* (1939) "Beautiful National Park : Darling Range, Western Australia". issued by the State Gardens Board, Perth, Western Australia.
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