Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve
|Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve|
Goose Island, Lake Hillier Middle Island and Miles Island (April 2011)
|Nearest town or city||Esperance|
|Established||21 May 1948|
|Area||71.45 km2 (27.6 sq mi)|
|Visitation||"low" (in 2012)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Parks and Wildlife|
|See also||List of protected areas of|
Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve is a protected area located in the Recherche Archipelago off the south coast of Western Australia. It consists of at least 104 islands and at least 1,200 obstacles to shipping (reefs, islets and rocks) and covers an area of sea extending 230 kilometres (140 miles) from east to west and up to a distance of 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the coast of the Australian continent. As of 2012, visitor access is limited to Middle Island within the nature reserve and is only available via a licensed tour operator. The nature reserve is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.
- "Terrestrial Protected Areas of Western Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
- Esperance and Recherche parks and reserves draft management plan 2012 (PDF). Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Western Australia. October 2012. pp. 2, 64, 68 & 75. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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