The proposed Cocanarup - Kundip Class A Reserve is a substantial and remarkably diverse area of complex and valuable landforms, plant communities, habitats and cultural sites and stories. Stretching some 20 km from north to south and almost 35 km east to west, it encompasses approximately 65,000 hectares of largely undisturbed bushland. It lies along the western flanks of Ravensthorpe Range, holds part of the Phillips River valley and envelops the low hills that run into Kundip at its eastern edge.

The exceptional natural diversity of the proposed reserve area is the consequence of a set of historic continental influences in its climatic history, complexity of underlying geology, great age and relative isolation, together with a Gondwanan plant heritage. It is therefore not at all surprising that the area supports such an array of unusual and in many cases rare or endangered species of flora and fauna. Nor is it surprising that this country was of such significance to Noongar people for millennia before European settlement. It is this astonishing multiplicity of values that has underpinned the long-time recommendations that the area be set aside as Nature Reserve. For details, see the "History of tenure recommendations" section below.

The net result is a unique place with combination of landscape, flora and fauna not yet represented in Western Australia’s conservation estate.

Cocanarup Wide ViewThe view south over Cocanarup and all the way to the Eyre Range, from the Kukenarup Memorial
Courtesy Jesse Brampton

Our Associates

Birdlife Western Australia
Western Australian Naturalists Club
Wildflower Society of Western Australia
Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park
Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network
Ravensthorpe Historical Society
Ravensthorpe Progress Association
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show

Contact Us

PO Box 30
WA 6346