South-west marine parks
There are 14 Australian Marine Parks off the coast of South Australia and Western Australia.
These marine parks cover 508,371 square kilometres and include habitats such as mid-slope terraces, deep abyssal plains, marginal plateaus, underwater mountain chains and submarine canyons – including Australia’s largest underwater canyon, the Perth Canyon.
Particular hotspots for biodiversity are the unique mix of temperate and tropical marine species that inhabit the waters of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Recherche Archipelago and the world’s richest known temperate soft sediment communities in the Great Australian Bight.
Endangered southern right whales migrate through the region to coastal waters off South Australia and Western Australia.
Playful colonies of Australia’s famous sea lions live here alongside blue whales, humpback whales and seabirds.
It’s no wonder the south-west is known for its fishing, snorkelling, diving and boating.
Marine parks in the South-west Network
- Abrolhos Marine Park
- Eastern Recherche Marine Park
- Jurien Marine Park
- Twilight Marine Park
- Two Rocks Marine Park
- Great Australian Bight Marine Park
- Perth Canyon Marine Park
- Murat Marine Park
- Geographe Marine Park
- Western Eyre Marine Park
- Bremer Marine Park
- Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park
- South-west Corner Marine Park
- Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park.
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