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Fitz-Stirling Drive


This is the starting point for a self-drive itinerary through the Corackerup area, a key part of the Gondwana Link and the Fitzgerald Biosphere Reserve.

Story of the place

A tiny townsite

Boxwood Hill was gazetted as a townsite in 1963, but now consists of just three houses, a roadhouse, and its famous sports club, which draws in so many people from all over the Great Southern for weekend sport that you need to be extra careful driving on the roads here on weekends, with locals travelling in for sporting fixtures. 

See & Do

The Fitz-Stirling loop

This 70km self-drive loop introduces you to one of the significant ecological restoration areas in Australia. A range ofindividuals and groups affiliated with the Gondwana Link program have been working for decades to bring two National Parks – Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River – together into unbroken healthy habitat for wildlife to move through.

The Stirling Range NP is famous for its rugged peaks – visible from many parts of this drive – and for its incredible biological richness, with more than 1500 plant species recorded. The Fitzgerald River NP is even more diverse, with more than 1800 plant taxa recorded.

Remarkably, even though these two national parks are only 70km apart, they have only 40% of plant species in common. The stretch of country in between, known as the Fitz-Stirling, is as diverse and rich in plant species as either National Park, and also has many species that are only known from the Fitz-Stirling.

Wildlife is just as abundant, with many of the species that have now disappeared from many of the longer established farming areas. Along with the Stirlings and the Fitzgerald, the area still supports populations of key species like Honey Possums, Carnaby’s Cockatoo, Black gloved and Tammar wallabies, Quokka, Western Whipbirds and much more.

But this wonder and richness might not be immediately obvious. This is country that requires you to pay attention. It is not a dramatic landscape, the wildlife can be quite cryptic and make rare appaearnces, but there are many treasures to be found hiding in plain sight.

There is a complex geology here, on the edge of the Yilgarn block, the ancient and solid piece of wellweathered granite, which then drops away to a much more tangled sweep of geological systems along the fallen edge of Western Australia.This includes reworked granites and gneiises in an old collision zone between two mega continents, and the sediments left behind under relatively recent ocean, which lapped the edges of the Yilgarn block during the Eocene era, some 4043 million years ago. The areas stark red spongolite cliffs and breakaways display this 40 million year old seabed admirably, which the creeks and rivers often cut through to show the older rocks underneath.

The mix of geological systems is part of why the area has such a weird and wonderful mix of plants, many found only in this area. The often rugged landscape is one of the reasons it is one of the few agricultural areas in Western Australia where substantial tracts of bush were left uncleared. What remains is a landscape of dense heathlands, rich mallee and thickets, riverine woodlands, a swarm of locally endemic eucalypts and scattered wetlands.

As you drive through, observe the change in the topology from the flatter landscapes inland, the way the creeks are deeply incised into the landscape. The Pallinup River is the largest river system through here, followed closely by the Bremer River, and their many tributaries criss-cross the landscape. Both start inland on the old granite country, and have cut their way through the Eocene seabed to today’s ocean.

Along the rivers and creeks, and on some of the more fertile soils in the river headwaters, are the tallest trees, the flat-topped yates. As you come up out of those valleys observe how the landscape changes back into mallee and sand-plain, which supports amazing proteceaous heath, the banksias, hakeas, the shining leaves of blue mallee and much more.

The Fitz-Stirling area is also a key part of the Gondwana Link program. This route will take you past numerous conservation properties owned by passionate individuals, and organisations like Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia, who have arrived in recent years to help rejoin the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks. 

Giving back and getting involved

Gondwana Link plays a key coordination role in the ecological restoration work in the Fitz-Stirling area. 

Gondwana Link

Practical Information


This is a remote area and there are limited facilities available. There is a roadhouse at the Boxwood Hill intersection.

Where to eat and stay

See the suggestions from our friends at Great Southern Treasures:

See Visitor Information from the Shire of Jerramungup for accommodation, eating and camping options in Jerramungup and Bremer Bay.

Visitor Information

Jerramungup Community Resource Centre

8 / 10 Tobruk Rd, Jerramungup
Phone (08) 9835 1630



Bremer Bay Community Resource Centre

7 Mary St, Bremer Bay
Phone (08) 9837 4171