Go bird watching and explore wetlands of international importance
Situated at the northern end of the Peel Inlet, Mandurah is renowned as a major seaside resort and a rapidly developing city. It is also the key point in a chain of lakes and estuaries from Perth to Bunbury. These expanses of open water are a habitat for up to 100,000 waterbirds. Localities such as the Creery Wetlands are recognised under International Agreements as key habitats for migratory waders. To the west is the Darling Range with its diverse Jarrah forest flora and habitat for native birds.
Bird life is abundant in Mandurah and the Peel Region which make it a perfect location for bird watchers and nature lovers. The bird life around the Estuary is just impressive. Over 130 different species of native and migratory birds nest, breed and feed on the estuary.
The Peel-Harvey Estuary is classified as a "Wetland of International Importance" by the Ramsar Convention.
Some of the best places to observe water birds are between the two Mandurah bridges on the shores, amongst the marshes and on the islands of Peel Inlet. Here you will see water birds feeding, Darter, cormorants, yellow-billed Spoonbill amongst others.
Here are our insider tips for some of the best bird watching spots:
Samphire Cove & Creery Wetlands
Samphire Cove is part of the 29 hectare Creery Wetlands and is on the edge of the Peel Inlet.
There are walking trails, information shelters and viewing huts and platforms for enthusiastic birdwatchers. The saltmarsh and shallow waters are an important roosting and feeding area for waterbirds and shorebirds which migrate to the Mandurah area every year from Northern Asia and Alaska.
Within Soldiers Cove there is some salt marsh and a small island in the channel. Here you can see water birds and waders – some of which are Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew and Grey-tailed Tallers, not to mention pelicans.
See pelicans, anytime!
The Mandurah estuary and Peel Inlet have over 100 square kilometres of water, including many wetlands which are the breeding grounds for birdlife. You will find pelicans throughout these waters and what beautiful birds they are. You do not need a boat to view these birds, just stop and walk along the foreshore and you will be certain to see some.
Discover Mandurah’s best kept secret – Riverside Gardens Reserve & Goegrup Lake
The Riverside Gardens Reserve runs along the Serpentine River, and is the perfect place for a family picnic, kayaking, bird watching or just a quiet walk.
Watch out for dolphins that often follow the fish up the Serpentine River into the lake.
So it’s not unlikely that they suddenly pop out of the water right next to your canoe.
Len Howard Conservation Park
The park contains 60 hectares of bush on the north western shore of Peel Inlet and features a nature trail (Erskine nature trail) with boardwalks over wetlands.
Birds you may see on your walk include:
- Splendid Wren
- Black-face Cuckoo-shrike
- Willie Wagtail
- Grey Fantail
- Golden Whistler
Waterbirds you may see on your walk:
- White-faced Heron
- Black Swan
- Royal Spoonbill
- Little Pied Cormorant
- Pied Oyster Catcher