Trails WA supports the seven principles recommended by Leave No Trace Australia for minimising your impacts when using the trails.Learn more
About Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup
Racecourse Flora Reserve is situated between the towns of Mullalyup and Balingup, approximately 2.5 kilometers northwest of Balingup. In 1999 the Balingup community identified bushland considered worthy of protection in three adjoining reserves. These reserves contained abundant flora and areas of conservation value. The reserves included the site of the old racetrack and gymkhana ground. The three reserves are now amalgamated and vested with the Shire of Donnyrook-Balingup as a reserve for the purpose of conservation and recreation.
The reserve (approx 108 ha) is an island of bushland surrounded by cleared land. It straddles the Mullalyup Brook/Balingup divide and is underlaid by the Kirup Conglomerate, a geological formation uncommon in the area.
While some areas within the reserve are degraded from previous activities, many areas are in very good condition. The Balingup Friends of the Forest, with the help of supporters and the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup, continue to both protect the high conservation value bush and restore degraded areas.
In Spring, the reserve becomes a blaze of colour, with an amazing abundance and diversity of wildflowers. Each week of spring sees change until early December. Banksia grandis (Bull Banksia) is one of the last plants to flower, with its wonderful bright yellow candles, which then form into the well-known Banksia ‘see’ or ‘nut’.
A copy of the herbarium for the reserve is held by the Balingup Friends of the Forest. The herbarium contains photocopies of the plants identified on the reserve, along with their botanical names.
Be trail ready for Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
900 metre loop
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
South West Highway, Balingup which is 240km (2hrs 40mins) south of Perth.
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.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
- Car Park
- Dog Friendly
- Picnic Area
- Shaded Area
Best time of year
August to October
Complete Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup to earn badges and points!
Earn points and badges and become a "TrailsWA Expert" by completing trails and leaving reviews.
Earn 1 point towards
your TrailsWA level
Earn the Wildflower Wanderer badge when you complete this trail.
1 trail goers have rated Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup as 4 out of 5!
We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.
Add your review of Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup
Like this trail? Explore others nearbyMore around South West
Supported by great organisations
Trails are free and bring so many benefits to our community by providing opportunities to have fun, get fit, socialise, explore and challenge yourself. But they also have to be managed and maintained which only is made possible through terrific sponsors, donations and/or volunteering.
Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, BalingupWalking the Emu Walk
Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, BalingupGreenhood Orchid
Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, BalingupSignage
View 3 Photos of Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup
Upload your photo of Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup
Report a Problem
You are reporting a problem for Emu Walk, Racecourse Flora Reserve, Balingup. Please be as detailed as possible to help us appropriately identify and address the issue.