There are no formal paths around the inlet, but when the water level is low you can explore its southern shore on foot. Fringing shrublands and thickets are often busy with songbirds. The inlet and surrounds is also a great spot to encounter a variety of waterbirds, parrots and birds of prey.
St Mary Campground is located near the mouth of the inlet. Camp fees apply. There is a track from the campground that provides direct access to the beach where southern right whales can be seen sheltering in the bay with their young calves during winter.
Your safety:Coast Risks and Cliff Risks are significant in this park.
Campers´ own liquid or gas fuel barbeques, stoves and heaters can be used at any time, unless a total fire ban has been declared (see Department of Fire and Emergency Services).
Bookings cannot be made. Go to ´Find available sites at other campgrounds´ for the latest information on availability. We cannot give any guarantee of availability of camp sites and we cannot respond to enquiries for specific availability information. Be prepared with an alternative place to stay in case there is no suitable site available.
Parks entry fees apply to Fitzgerald River National Park
Sightseeing, walking, photography, camping, canoeing and fishing are popular. During the winter months you can see spectacular views of southern right whales from the cliffs at Point Ann. The park`s incredibly diverse flora lures many visitors. You can also see spongelite cliffs along the Fitzgerald and Hamersley rivers.
More about the area
`Worthless` was the opinion of early explorers of the area now in Fitzgerald River National Park. Today, it is renowned for its diverse and spectacular scenery and flora, which in turn supports a number of threatened animals.
Surrounding the inlets of the Gairdner, Fitzgerald and Hamersley rivers, between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun, the park is one of the most diverse botanical regions in the world. More than 1,800 beautiful and bizarre species of flowering plants, as well as a myriad of lichens, mosses and fungi, have been recorded in Fitzgerald River National Park. This represents nearly 20 per cent of the total number of plant species in Western Australia, in an area that covers only a tiny fraction of the state.
The park is about 180km north-east of Albany and a little further than 180km west of Esperance. It takes 2.5 hours to drive here from Albany or about three hours from Esperance.
St Mary’s Inlet camp site is accessible by two-wheel drive.