Fitzgerald River National Park
Spanning over 329,000 hectares, the Fitzgerald River National Park Biosphere is one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Walk amongst thousands of rare and unique flora and fauna species. Find out more information on what the park has to offer here and make sure you check the road access before visiting as access can be closed at certain times of year.
Another great source of information and what’s happening in the FRNP can be found here at the Friends of The Fitzgerald River National Park.
Bremer Bay is home to many amazing wildflower varieties, the season peaks during Spring time September to November, however some wildflowers can be seen in bloom throughout the year. Unique species include the Royal Hakea (Hakea victoria) and the Quaalup Bell (Pimelia physodes).
Bremer Bay and its surrounding coastline is one of only three places in Australia where southern Right whales gather to calve in abundant numbers. July through to November you can observe these majestic giants and their spirited babies play and frolic in the sheltered bays of Point Ann, Trigelow Beach and they have even in recent years been spotted just off the rocks at the at the main beach in Bremer Bay.
The Bremer Canyon
KILLER WHALE TOURS – NATURALISTE CHARTERS
Since 2005 Dave Riggs a film maker from Esperance has dedicated his time to unlocking the mystery surrounding the biological hotspot now known as the Bremer Canyon. The canyon is situated 70 kms off the coast of Bremer Bay and research thus far tells us that for a period in summer between January and April a leak from a large hydrocarbon pocket is released into the water and mixes to forge an ice like reef also referred to as a methane hydrate. Packed with nutrients this water then rises to the surface and lures an array of marine life, including the largest group of killer whales in the southern hemisphere, as well as many sharks, dolphins, sperm whales, giant squid and multitude of sea birds. To have your very own experience of this phenomenon and actively be a part of supporting the necessary research and continuing protection of the canyon, jump aboard a Naturaliste Charter tour. Tours run daily through January, February, March and April, to book and for further information contact Bremer Bay Killer Whale Expeditions.
Photo Credit: Daniel Mantle
Swimming, Surfing and Fishing
Spoilt for choice with an abundance of suitable beaches for surfing, swimming and fishing in and around Bremer Bay. Be sure to check the local weather for conditions, information can be gathered from the Community Resource Centre and the Jerramungup Shire website.
There are a number of walks in the National Park including West Mount Barren – allow 1-2 hours, Point Ann Heritage Trail – allow 1 hour, Twertup Walk – allow 1-2 hours, East Mount Barren – allow 3 hours, West Beach Point – allow 1 hour
The Ranger can be contacted here to register for overnight walks and for further general information here.
Another great source of information and what’s happening in the FRNP can be found here at The Friends of The Fitzgerald River Nation Park.
Attractions and eateries
Located 3kms out of the town center stands the original settlement site of Bremer Bay. John Wellstead settled Bremer Bay in the early 1850’s turning the land to sheep and cattle grazing. Four
generations on, the original Wellstead homestead, and now heritage museum stand, bearing historic witness to the toil of this early pioneering family. Wander around the original homestead complex of old stone and timber buildings, shearing sheds, outbuildings and stables. The pioneer museum, contained within the homestead grounds, houses over 3,000 exhibits. Experience, first hand, the ways of early colonial life. Guided tours by Max Wellstead are available on request.
After you have explored all that the homestead has to offer sit at the popular Wellstead Cafe with a cup of coffee and cake and watch the native fauna nibble the grass. Offering wood fired pizza’s, fresh bread and more. Open for Breakfast Lunch and dinner, for Cafe operating times please check here as times vary in quieter times of year.
The Old Telegraph Station
Bremer Bays creation began when it was chosen as one of the Telegraph Station sites of the Overland Telegraph. The first Station was built in 1875 and opened for telegraphic traffic on the 8th May 1876. The original building burnt down and was replaced with the existing stone structure in 1896. In recent years this has been renovated and is now being used as a café/restaurant. For information and the menu visit here.
Mount Barren Restaurant
For that great dining experience please visit the Bremer Bay Resort. Full menu available open from 7am to 10am for breakfast, 12pm to 2pm for lunch and 5.30pm to 8.30pm for dinner. Order online or dine in.
Parks and picnic areas
There is one children’s play ground in Bremer Bay, Pelican Park is next to the Community Resource Centre you can use the area for picnics also. Paperbarks picnic area is located at the entrance to Main Beach, the facilities include gas barbecue and ablutions available.
Mini golf, quad bike tours & kiosk
The best way to explore Bremer Bay is on a quad bike! Let Bremer Bay Quad Tours guide you around a variety of terrain bush tracks, dunes, beaches and all the natural wonders of the region. When you get from exploring take the kids for 18 holes of mini golf and finish off the day with a coffee and delicious treat from the Naughty ‘n’ Nice Kiosk. For full details visit here.