Greenmount National Park

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Greenmount National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Greenmoun tHill Jarrah Tree.jpg
Jarrah Tree, Greenmount Hill National Park.
Greenmount National Park is located in Western Australia
Greenmount National Park
Greenmount National Park
Nearest town or city Perth
Coordinates 31°54′23″S 116°03′36″E / 31.90639°S 116.06000°E / -31.90639; 116.06000Coordinates: 31°54′23″S 116°03′36″E / 31.90639°S 116.06000°E / -31.90639; 116.06000
Established 1970
Area 2.02 km2 (0.8 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment and Conservation
Website Greenmount National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Greenmount National Park is a national park in the locality of Greenmount Western Australia (Australia), 22 km east of Perth.

It is one of the smaller National Parks along the Darling Scarp and is a component of the Darling Range Regional Park. Due to its proximity to John Forrest National Park, which used to be known as Greenmount National Park until 1928,[2] and relationship to subsequent reserves to the south it is a vital scarp wildlife corridor.

Bus tours were available from Perth in 1933 with the Hill's Bus Tours offering passengers a tour around the park on Sundays in September.[3] Beam Transport Ltd. offered a similar service through the Park to Mundaring Weir in 1937.[4]

As a feature adjacent to the Helena River Valley it has significance in aboriginal folklore, and also featured very early on in early European settler's diaries.

Mountain Quarry, Western Australia is one of several blue stone quarries located within the park, popular with rock climbers and walkers. Vehicle access to the quarry site is restricted however a car-park and picnic facilities including toilets are within walking distance of the main site which is completely accessible on foot. There are several panels containing historical information about the site spread around as part of the popular Railway Reserves Heritage Trail which runs close to the quarry.

The Boya/Koongamia leg of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, also known as the 'Bridle Trail', curves around the south-western edge of the park, crossing through the Mountain Quarry car-park and picnic area.

Over-burnt south west side of Greenmount hill affected from regular bush fires

In the early 2000s significant bushfire damage occurred on the southern slopes of this park. Large fire-breaks dissect the park serving as popular walking routes among locals.

The western and northern slopes, visible from Great Eastern Highway have extensive 'watsonia' infestations.

In late 2005, the Government Authority in charge of the national park was taking steps to prevent vehicular access along the top of the ridge to the lookout due to non stop vandalism and issues with residents adjacent to the park.[citation needed]

The park is situated along the side of Greenmount Hill and has majestic views over the Swan Coastal Plain below and Perth City below. The dominant vegetation in the park is eucalypts such as Marri and Wandoo along with an array of wild flowers and heathland along the northern slopes. The hill is steep and contain several breakaways and rocky outcrops.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pleasetakemeto – John Forrest National Park". 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hills'us Tours.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 September 1933. p. 7. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Advertising.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 1 May 1937. p. 1. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Total Travel – Greenmount Hill National Park". 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Western Australia. Dept. of Conservation and Land Management. A recreational development plan for-- Kalamunda National Park, Lesmurdie Falls National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Greenmount National Park Como, W.A.: Conservation and Land Management, 1989.