Walking Ways
Guided Nature Walks

You may already be aware of Mandurah’s beautiful beaches and waterways.  But did you know there are wonderful natural areas tucked away like hidden gems right on Mandurah’s doorstep, as well as the most significant and diverse wetland system in south west Australia…?

Come and explore them with Ways To Nature!

Ways To Nature Walks

Guided nature walks

A guided nature walk provides the perfect opportunity to discover (or re-discover in more detail…) Mandurah’s natural heritage and the region’s internationally significant Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands – including the remarkable wildlife that calls them home.

No rushed itineraries here; just time to connect with nature and experience the wonder. 

Len Howard Conservation Park

Come and explore beautiful Len Howard Conservation Park along the Erskine Trail. Wander through diverse habitats including remnant old growth swamp paperbark and banksia coastal woodland. Travel along boardwalks meandering through a network of samphire saltmarshes. The trail fringes the estuary shoreline, offering plenty of opportunities to spot waterbirds. During certain times of the year, it’s also possible to observe breeding ospreys at an artificial nesting platform along the trail.

Duration: 2 hours or 1.5 hours
2 hour tour: We walk the entire length of the Erskine Trail from the western end of the Park to the east. At the end of our walk, we are met by a shuttle bus and returned to our vehicles.
Or
1.5 hour tour: We walk the partial trail length commencing at the eastern end of the Park.
Price 2 hrs: Adult $40 Concession (Senior/Student) $36 Child $20
Price 1.5 hrs: Adult $30 Concession (Senior/Student) $27 Child $15
Departures: 2 hour tour – Saturdays 10am (April-October). 9am (November-March). 
1.5 hour tour – Fridays 10am (April-October). 9am (November-March) and Sundays 1pm (April-October). 4:30pm (November-March). 
Distance: 2 hour tour: 3km linear trail. 1.5 hour tour: 3km return trail.
Difficulty: Grade 2 – No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have occasional steps, narrow and sandy sections.
Access: Some sections are unsuitable for wheelchair users and some strollers, however route can be customised for wheelchair users if requested in advance.
Facilities: Public parking bays. Information shelter, rotunda and seating. Public amenities at southern end at beginning of walk.

Choose Len Howard Conservation Park if you want your Ways To Nature to be a longer walk through diverse habitats and great estuary views.

Yalgorup National Park -Heathlands Walk

A wonderful introduction to the heathlands of south west WA, and their resilience to wildfire. The Heathland Walk takes you right into the heart of Yalgorup National Park and is simply stunning to walk in the winter and spring months when the heathland is in bloom. A short side trail to a  lookout rewards with panoramic views of the Ramsar-listed Yalgorup lakes. There is also an option to wander to the edge of Lake Preston, the largest salt lake in the Yalgorup wetland system.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: Adult $40, Concession (Seniors/student) $36, Child $20
Departures:  Sundays, April-December
Distance: 4.6km loop
Difficulty: Grade 3. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Track has short, steep hill sections and a rough surface.
Access: Unsuitable for people with limited mobility, wheelchair users and strollers.
Facilities: Picnic table and carpark at the trail head. The closest other facilities are located 9km away at Martins Tank Campground and include: public toilet, picnic area and shelter, BBQ, car park and camping (Fees apply. Prior booking required via the Parks and Wildlife WA website).

Choose the Heathlands Walk if you want to find your Ways To Nature through breathtaking panoramic views and diverse heathlands.

Yalgorup National Park -Lake Pollard Trail

Stroll through tuart and peppermint woodlands and be amazed by giant grass trees (Balga). Discover how this area is a safe haven for Bindjareb’s most critically endangered mammal. The trail approaches the edge of Lake Pollard where we can enjoy a break and some bird watching at the bird hide before climbing a small limestone ridge to enjoy sweeping views of Lake Pollard, part of the internationally significant Peel-Yalgorup Wetland System.

Duration: 2 hours 
Price: Adult $40, Concession (Senior/Student) $36, Child $20
Departures: Sundays, April-December
Distance: 4.5km return trail.
Difficulty: Grade 2 – No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have occasional steps, narrow and sandy sections.
Access: Unsuitable for wheelchair users and strollers (some sandy and rocky sections).
Facilities: A car park is located at the trail head. The following facilities are also available at the adjacent Martins Tank Campground: public toilet, picnic area and shelter, BBQ, car park and camping (Fees apply. Prior booking required via the Parks and Wildlife WA website. )

Choose the Lake Pollard Trail if you want to discover Yalgorup’s shady woodlands and expansive salt lakes.

Wetland Wander

Experience the lovely Creery Wetland Nature Reserve and get up close and personal with Mandurah’s samphire saltmarshes.  Come and meet our resident waterbirds and, during summer, observe our international visitors: remarkable migratory shorebirds.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: Adult $30, Concession (Seniors/student) $27, Child $15
Departures:  Sundays 10am (April-October), 9am (November-March). 
Saturdays 1:30pm (April-October), 4:30pm (November-March) 
Duration: 2 hours
Price: Adult $35, Concession (Seniors/student) $31.50, Child $17.50
Departures:  Thursdays 10am (April-October), 9am (November-March). 

Distance: 3km part loop
Difficulty: Grade 1. No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections.
Access: Suitable for people with limited mobility or wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Suitable for strollers.
Facilities: Information shelters x2 and seating. No amenities. Closest public amenities located at Coodanup foreshore, ~1.5km south east. Nourishing The Soul Café located adjacent to reserve at 42 Darwin Terrace.

Choose Wetland Wander if you want to find your Ways To Nature through samphires, shorebirds and sheoaks. 

Samphire Sojourn

Discover the varied habitats of Samphire Cove Nature Reserve. Nestled behind the western end of Mandurah’s Estuary Bridge, Samphire Cove boasts two bird hides, remnant Eucalyptus coastal woodland and samphire salt marsh, all in the heart of Mandurah! This protected little cove provides wonderful bird watching opportunities as well as great views of Mandurah’s city centre and surrounding canal homes across the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Price: Adult $30 Concession (Senior/Student) $27  Child $15
Duration: 1.5 hours
Departures: Thursdays & Fridays, 1:30pm (April-October), 4:30pm (November-March)
Distance: 1.5km, part loop.
Difficulty: Grade 1. No bushwalking experience required. Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections.   
Access: Suitable for people with limited mobility. Partially (excluding boardwalk) suitable for strollers and wheelchair users who have someone to assist them.
Facilities: Public parking bays. Information shelter and seating. No amenities. Closest public amenities at Egret Point Foreshore Reserve, 300m to the south.

Choose Samphire Sojourn if you want your Ways To Nature to include a little taste of everything: a little bit of woodland, a little bit of estuary & a little bit of saltmarsh!

Night Rambles

Are you up for a night time adventure? Explore the bush after the sun goes down with our spotlighting tours and learn about Bindjareb’s fascinating nocturnal wildlife. Tours are held once a month at various locations to minimise disturbance to wildlife.

Price: Adult $18 Concession (Senior/Student) $15  Child $12
Duration: 1.25 hours
Location: Will be specified for each scheduled date.

Choose Night Rambling if you want to find your Ways To Nature through a nocturnal adventure of hoots, croaks and eye-shines.

Contact Me

to organise a private guided nature walk for your school, seniors or community group.

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

~Henry David Thoreau

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