Fitzgerald River National Park Improvement

Hopetoun to Hamersley Inlet


Project Overview

The Fitzgerald River National Park Improvement is a State and Federal Government funded project to enhance tourist access and facilities in the park and assist economic and social development in local communities. The State and federal government have committed a total of $40 m to the project to deliver these outcomes:

  • Sealing 16 km of existing roads from Culham Inlet to Hamersley Inlet;
  • Improving road access and facilities of existing roads and car parks from Bremer Bay to Point Ann;
  • Redeveloping associated spur roads, car-parks, day use areas and camping facilities;
  • Enhancing signage and interpretive information;
  • Developing a coastal walk trail linking Hamersley Inlet to Point Ann; and

The project is being managed by Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and Main Roads Western Australia.


Current Status

Construction work of the Hamersley Inlet Road with its two car parks (for the new Campground and Day use area on Shire managed land), is scheduled to commence Monday 12 November and take approximately 12-16 weeks - landscape works will follow shortly after.

Work began on the completion of the Barrens Lookout on 15 October. Tenders will soon close for landscape works on East Mylies and West Beach with construction scheduled to begin mid to late December.

Work has also commenced on the construction of the western walk trail with the eastern trail scheduled to begin in the summer.


Key Features and Benefits 

The key benefits of the project include:

  • Providing business and jobs in the Hopetoun/Ravensthorpe and surrounding communities by investing in tourism infrastructure;
  • Better visitor and environmental management provided by upgraded recreational sites;
  • Protecting the economic sustainability of the region through the responsible management of tourism in a world class national park.


Environmental Considerations

The following measures have been put in place to ensure that project is undertaken with strict environmental care to protect the parks values:

  • Flora, fauna, dieback and heritage surveys are being completed for all proposed upgrades;
  • Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) are being compiled based on surveys;
  • Continual reviews will be conducted of the EMPs by Main Roads and DEC Environmental Officers;
  • Rehabilitation plans have been completed to describe vegetation management; and a
  • Dieback Management Plan for the park is in progress.


In accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Section 95A, Main Roads Western Australia gives notice of the following documents:

Associated Correspondence: 

We thank you for your interest in this process.  If you have any further queries, please contact GSR’s Senior Project Manager on phone: (08) 9892 0521.


Road Upgrades

All road works, except Hamersley Inlet Road are complete. Emphasis will now shift to the construction of the remaining recreation sites and the new eastern and western coastal walk trails.

Visit the Great Southern Roadworks and Road Conditions page for further information about road works happening in the area.

Hamersley Inlet Road

All approvals, including heritage and environmental approvals have been received for the construction of the road, carparks and Campground and Day use area.

Road and car park construction work is scheduled to commence on Monday 12 November and is expected to take 12 weeks to complete. Hamersley Inlet Road (including the Hamersley Beach track) and the adjoining sections of Hamersley Drive will be closed for most of this time.

Second Coat Seals

Work to apply second coat seals is scheduled to commence late 2012 to early 2013. The following roads will be affected and may be closed for a short amount of time:

  • Hamersley Drive
  • Barrens Beach Road
  • Four Mile Beach
  • Four Mile Camp
  • East Mylies
  • Mylies
  • Cave Point Road and
  • West Beach Road.


Visitor Infrastructure

Various finishing and landscaping works are scheduled to commence soon on several recreation sites.

For further information regarding these works download the Project Update October 2012.

Eastern Side
Location  Works Schedule
 Barrens Lookout October to November 2012 
 East Mylies and West Beach December 2012
 Mylies and Cave Point Early 2013
 Hamersley Inlet Autumn 2013 


 Western Side
 Location Works Schedule 
 Western Entry Station and North West Entry Station Early 2013 
 Point Ann Early 2013
 Mount Maxwell and West Mount Barren Early 2013 


Coastal Walktrail

Western Trail: Point Ann to Fitzgerald Inlet

Work to construct the trail commenced September 2012 and is expected to continue until the end of November with follow up work required for signage, steps and light infrastructure in January and February.

Visitors are asked to avoid the area whilst remaining construction works are undertaken and the DEC is likely to temporarily restrict access to the 4WD track that comes off Point Charles Bay Beach.

Eastern Trail: Cave Point to Quoin Head

Work to construct to trail is scheduled to commence in the summer of 2012/13 is expected to be completed in the autumn/winter of 2013.

Visitors are asked to avoid the area whilst construction works are undertaken and the DEC is likely to temporarily close some tracks during this time.




Further information

For more information about the Fitzgerald River National Park Improvement Project please visit Department of Environment Regulation website.

Or contact:

Patrick Weadon
Project Coordinator
Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
Albany (08) 9842 4500

Alternatively you may write to:

Fitzgerald River National Park Improvement Project
Main Roads WA
PO Box 503
Albany WA 6330

Or contact:

Susie Chapman
Main Roads - Community Engagement Manager
Ph: (08) 9892 0557


Modified: 03 Sep 2014