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Big Swamp Walk, Bunbury

  • 1-3 hours
  • 2.5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

This 2.5km easy walk meanders around the Big Swamp, a conservation wetland, located one kilometre south of the Bunbury city centre. It is family friendly and suitable for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and gophers. A few boardwalks add extra interest and access to the centre of the lake.

Boardwalk to a lookout over Big Swamp
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Prince Philip Drive, South Bunbury, 172km (1hr 50mins) south of Perth

Bird hide and shelter

Platform to view birdlife
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The Big Swamp Walk is home to over 60 species of birdlife, including the Australasian grebe, white-faced heron, dusky moorhen and purple swamphen.The wetland is a popular place for bird enthusiasts. The path has a number of lookouts including a wooden boardwalk through paperbarks and a bird hide in the middle of the wetland – which is an excellent place to observed native birds in their natural environment.

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour


2.5km loop with the detours to the boardwalks

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Prince Philip Drive, South Bunbury, 172km (1hr 50mins) south of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.


  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Bicycle Rack
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform

Best time of year

All year round


Trail Access

Drive, bus, train or fly to Bunbury

Prohibited Items

Dogs are allowed on the outer path but not the boardwalks.
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3 trail goers have rated Big Swamp Walk, Bunbury as 3.67 out of 5!

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Melanie Backhouse

Reviewed 16 Jun 2020, 9:54am

An enjoyable and relaxing, easily accessible way people in the city can access nature, and locals can do the loop on their lunchbreak. A very pretty walk, especially among the paperbarks and the boardwalk through the reeds.
Curtis Baune

Reviewed 31 Jul 2018, 9:33am

Nice walk.
Cynthia Van der Wielen

Reviewed 9 Oct 2016, 8:25pm

Nice, easy walking trail people of all ages can enjoy! The wetlands with a myriad species of birds is definitely a highlight.

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