The name Badgingarra is Aboriginal in origin, ‘Badgin’ meaning Manna Gum which grew in the surrounding flats and ‘garra’ meaning water. While the Hill River area at Badgingarra was initially surveyed in the 1880’s and the first freehold land purchased by William McNamara in 1895, it remained largely isolated and undeveloped.
It was not until the early 1950’s that this sense of isolation began to change and in September 1952 the then Midland Railway Company auctioned some 24,000 acres. The Lands Department made further releases in subsequent years, and was in such demand that interviews were conducted to determine the most suitable applicants.
Badgingarra is now a small but vibrant farming community located 205km north of Perth on the Brand Highway. Badgingarra has a roadhouse and a tavern, both of which are open 7 days a week.
The town also has very active sports and wellbeing activities, visitors are always welcome to participate! For a town map of Badgingarra click here.
This park is 13,108 hectares in area and features high breakaway country overlooking low undulating sand plains.
Emus, bustards, wedge-tailed eagles, reptiles and the western grey kangaroo, are some of the fauna that inhabit this area.
The best time of year to visit the Badgingarra National Park to view the stunning wildflowers is in the spring. There are some varieties of flora unique to this region that can be found in the park and the floral emblem of Badgingarra is the black and green kangaroo paw,
Situated in the Badgingarra National Park, the 90 minute (2km) walk offers a wildflower display unique to the area including the extremely rare Badgingarra Mallee. For the avid walker, a 45 minute (1.5km) detour will reward visitors with magnificent views across the national park at the lookout. The best time to see the wildflowers is between August and November.
The trail crosses fairly rugged countryside and includes numerous steep hills. Appropriate supportive footwear is strongly recommended and ensure adequate sun protection and drinking water is on board.
Located in Phoebe’s Reserve, 3.5km off the Brand Highway along North West Road, the trail is a three-part walk with seasonal wildflowers, heritage sites, community art and beautiful scenery.
Along the way you can learn about the Yallalie Meteorite impact zone that occurred in the area 70 million years ago.
The walk opened in 2001 and the first section is an easy 1.65km walk trail with bridges. The second stage extension opened in 2012 with a 1.25km moderate walk ascending the fence line to the base of the breakaway. The third section is a 800m challenging hike to the top of the breakaway but worth the effort.