Mount Lesueur

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Mount Lesueur
Elevation 313 m (1,027 ft)[1]
Location
Location Western Australia
Range Gairdner Range
Coordinates 30°10′31.8″S 115°11′56.7″E / 30.175500°S 115.199083°E / -30.175500; 115.199083

Mount Lesueur is a near-circular, flat-topped mesa located 21 kilometres from Jurien Bay in Western Australia.[2] It rises above the surrounding lateritic plain of Lesueur National Park which has eroded away around it.[2]

Mount Lesueur was first sighted and named by Europeans as the French ship the Naturaliste sailed past Jurien Bay on its voyage up the Western Australian coast.[2] It was named in honour of Charles Alexander Lesueur, a natural history artist on board the ship. The next recorded sighting was by Captain George Grey, who led a small party through the area in 1839 after they were shipwecked near Kalbarri.[2] In 1849 a party led by A.C. Gregory ascended Mount Lesueur.[3] They were followed the next year by botanical collector James Drummond on the first of his many visits to the area.[2][3]

A reserve (No.24275) was created around Mount Lesueur for "educational purposes" in the 1950s.[3] A more extensive area was gazetted as a national park in 1992.[3]

Mount Lesueur has an extremely high level of plant biodiversity, making it of immense research and conservation importance to botanists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Lesueur". Gazeteer of Australia. Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lesueur National Park". Park Finder. Department of Conservation and Environment. Retrieved 2009-07-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Management Plan:Lesueur National Park and Coomallo Nature Reserve1995 - 2005". Department of Conservation and Land Management. 1995. Retrieved 2009-07-17.