William Bay National Park

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William Bay National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Elephant Rocks - William Bay NP - Dec 2009.jpg
Elephant Rocks
William Bay National Park is located in Western Australia
William Bay National Park
William Bay National Park
Nearest town or city Denmark
Coordinates 35°01′35″S 117°14′06″E / 35.02639°S 117.23500°E / -35.02639; 117.23500Coordinates: 35°01′35″S 117°14′06″E / 35.02639°S 117.23500°E / -35.02639; 117.23500
Established 1971
Area 17.34 km2 (6.7 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Parks and Wildlife
Website William Bay National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

William Bay National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 369 km southeast of Perth.[2]

Fifteen kilometres west of Denmark, William Bay National Park covers 1734 hectares[1] and includes Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. The granite boulders create a natural reef which protects Greens Pool from the Great Southern Ocean, and is a safe swimming beach for children (under supervision). William Bay National Park is located in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia along the Rainbow Coast, and is in the Shire of Denmark.

William Bay was named after the famed British Arctic explorer and navigator, Sir William Edward Parry, as were two other nearby features, Parry Inlet and Edward Point. The bay was named in the 1830s by John Septimus Roe.

The rare and ancient Main's assassin spider, currently listed as threatened, was found to inhabit the park during a survey conducted in 2008.[3]

Greens Pool & Elephant Rocks[edit]

The most visited places within William Bay National Park are Elephant Rocks, which are huge elephant shaped granite rocks in the ocean, and Greens Pool, which is a sheltered beach popular for swimming and snorkeling. Other notable places of interest within the park include Mazzoletti Beach, Waterfall Beach, Madfish Bay, and Tower Hill.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. 
  2. ^ Marchant, N. G. (2000) Karri forest in microcosm : William Bay National Park. Landscope (Como, W.A), Spring 2000, p. 42-47
  3. ^ "Verve Energy Media release - Exciting fin of rare assassins spider found on WA South Coast" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 

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