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Swan Estuary Marine Park

Waterbird haven on the Swan

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 14.913 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  The Swan Estuary Marine Park and adjacent nature reserves are comprised of estuarine lands and waters within Perth’s beautiful Swan... more »

Tips:  Alfred Cove, Pelican Point and Milyu are all within 20 minutes drive from the centre of Perth. Depending on which area you are... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Pelican Point

Located in Crawley, Pelican Point is the second largest sector of the Swan Estuary Marine Park. Enjoy a gentle stroll along the foreshore and around the point, but be sure not to disturb the bird life.

The endangered fairy tern is one of a number of birds that nest directly on the beach sands, scraping a shallow depression and laying a... More

2. Pelican Point - A Royal Visit

Views of the birds and mudflats can be obtained from an observation platform reached from Australia II Drive, at Pelican Point. The viewing platform was constructed to commemorate the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip to Pelican Point on 27 March 1963. This Royal visit was included in the schedule of the Queen and Duke’s visit to... More

3. JH Abrahams Reserve

Adjacent to Pelican Point is a popular picknicking and recreation area. There are extensive grassy areas at J H Abrahams Reserve with play equipment, picnic tables, showers, toilets and a mobile snack facility close by.

Keep the birds happy. To a small bird, the shadow cast by a kite looks like a predator. Kite surfers and windsurfers should... More

4. Rainbow dragons

The following story from Nyoongar Elder Trevor Walley explains how the waters in the Perth area, including the Swan Estuary Marine Park, were created:

A long time ago in the Dreamtime, two rainbow dragons (Waugals or giant serpents), left Northam and followed the Avon River down to Walyunga National Park, where the river bends east. The female... More

5. Milyu

Milyu is the Aboriginal name for samphire, a salt tolerant succulent plant growing on the river’s edge. Milyu extends over a thin strip of foreshore adjacent to Como and the Kwinana Freeway. The main physical feature of Milyu Nature Reserve is a small peninsula vegetated with samphire and sedges. Despite its proximity to the freeway, this area... More

6. Whispering trees

Known as the Derbal Yerrigan (or Derbal Yaragun) in Aboriginal culture, the Swan River is important to Aboriginal people and their connection to this place. Traditionally, Pelican Point was a popular camping, fishing and hunting area for Nyoongar Aboriginal people as they were drawn to areas which combined freshwater, terrestrial and estuarine... More

7. Historic Alfred Cove

Previously known as Frenchman's Bay from 1801, Alfred Cove and Point Waylen were named after Alfred Waylen who took up land at Alfred Cove in 1830. The property was established as a dairy farm in 1919. Today the original Atwell House is still standing and is used as a community arts centre and gallery. In the 1930s most of the land surrounding... More

8. Alfred Cove

Located adjacent to the suburbs of Attadale and Applecross, Alfred Cove is the largest section of the Swan Estuary Marine Park. Here, there are panoramic views from a number of vantage points for viewing more than 140 species of flying visitors and residents. Point Waylen, at the southern end of Troy Park, provides a viewing platform from which... More

9. More natural attractions

The Swan River hosts a biologically important collection of critters below the water’s surface. The river is home to numerous marine and estuarine species including seagrass (Halophila species), anemones, tubeworms, nudibranchs, octopuses, blue manna crabs, decorator crabs, prawns, catfish, mussels, seahorses and bottlenose dolphins.

A community ... More