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The park was established in 1898 making it the oldest national park in Western Australia. It was known as Greenmount National Park and changed to John Forrest in late 1947, named after a statesman explorer and premier of Western Australia, Lord Forrest.
Located in the Darling Ranges in Western Australia, 26km from Perth, covering an area of 1577 hectares with access by car, the park has some wonderful animals. These include kangaroos, echidnas, short nosed bandicoot and wallabies. There are also lots of reptiles and birds. The park has jarrah trees, marri and wandoo and some native plants.
There are plenty of picnic areas with free barbeques for visitors to use and tearooms, taverns opened for lunch.
Visitors can keep busy with activities using walking trails to places such as the Hovea Falls, Granite Outcrops and Railway Tunnels. There are other activities like bird watching, camping, drives and mountain bike rides.
There are some attractive areas for visitors to enjoy, such as the wandoo and paperbark woodland. After winter rains the waters of Jane Brook tumble down a series of small rapids into a pool providing some wonderful refreshing water.
The park is close to metropolitan schools, which makes it the perfect place for nature studies, to encourage awareness of the park’s many natural and cultural features.
I have found researching this park to be enjoyable. BY BRENT RUSHWORTH