Cape Arid National Park

Cape Arid National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II ( national park)
Yokinup Bay WA.JPG
Yokinup Bay, Cape Arid
Cape Arid National Park is located in Western Australia
Cape Arid National Park
Cape Arid National Park
Coordinates 33°42′14″S 123°22′10″E / 33°42′14″S 123°22′10″E / -33.70389; 123.36944
Established 1969
Area 2,794.46 km2 (1,078.9 sq mi) [1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment and Conservation
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia
Tagon Bay
Bay near Tagon Point

Cape Arid National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 731 kilometres (454 mi) south-east of Perth. The park is situated 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Esperance [2] and lies on shore from the eastern end of the Recherche Archipelago. The bay at its western end is Duke of Orleans Bay, and the bay at the eastern side is Israelite Bay.

Its coastline is defined by Cape Arid, a bay called Sandy Bight and further east Cape Pasley. [3]

History

The first European to discover the area was the French Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux in 1792 and he named it Cap Aride; Matthew Flinders anglicized the name in 1802 and the park took its name from this feature.

Pioneer graziers arrived in the area in the 1870s and the ruins of homesteads, dams and buildings as well as gravesites can be found near Pine Hill and Thomas Fishery.