Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve

Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve is a protected area managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife35 kilometres (22 mi) east of Albany, Western Australia. The area is accessible by 2WD vehicles. The bay itself, including two small secluded beaches, faces due east and is protected from the Southern Ocean by a headland formed by the granitemassif of Mount Gardiner. The nature reserve was established in 1967 to protect the threatenednoisy scrub-bird and its habitat.

Protected area in Western Australia
Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Western Australia
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)[1]

Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Nearest town or city Albany


Established 22 April 1966 (1966-04-22)[1]
Area 47.45 km2 (18.3 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Parks and Wildlife
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia
View of Little Beach with the granite headland massif in the background
Mt Gardner from Little Beach
View of the Southern part of the reserve from Two Peoples Bay

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Sign at Two Peoples Bay Car Park
Mt Gardner, Two Peoples Bay
Granite point
Point across to Mount Gardner
Waterfall Beach in Two Peoples Bay 2015

The name “Two Peoples Bay” is from an incident in 1803 when an American whaling ship used the sheltered waters to lay anchor at the same time as a French vessel that was exploring the coastline east of Albany.

John Gilbert, a naturalist, surveyed the area in the 1840s giving his name to the Gilbert’s potoroo. Whaling activities were conducted in the bay during the middle of the 19th century.[2] Two Peoples Bay was declared a nature reserve in 1967.[3]

A bush fire broke out on private land near the reserve on 12 October 2012.[4][5] Following a sudden change in wind direction a truck carrying two of the fire crew was engulfed in flames; they were badly burned.[6] Over 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of bushland were burnt, and one of the firefighters later died.[7]

In late 2015 a fire burnt through 1,200 hectares (2,965 acres) of the reserve destroying an estimated 90% of the Gilbert’s potoroo habitat.[8]

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