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Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Beeliar Park

  • 1-3 hours
  • 5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

The Aboriginal Heritage Trail is a five kilometre loop walk around the northernmost wetland of the Spectacles, within the Beeliar Regional Park and located in the City of Kwinana.  Interpretation panels along the trail explain the animals, flora and lifestyle of the original Aboriginal inhabitants. There is also a bird hide and two side paths through paperbarks.

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The Spectacles, McLaughlan Road, 35km (35minutes) south of Perth

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McLaughlin Road the Spectacles

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The Beeliar Regional Park consists of two chains of wetlands comprised of 26 lakes and numerous wetlands stretching 25km along the coast and covering an area of approximately 3400 hectares. The Spectacles are a wetland in the eastern chain comprised of two lake bodies.

The area comprises a wetland reserve surrounded by banksia and melaleuca woodland. The wetlands were important camping, ceremonial areas and sources of food for Aboriginal people. The Medina Aboriginal Cultural Group has installed interpretation panels around the trail to share the Aboriginal heritage of the area.  There is also a bird hide located in the wetlands. 

Part of this area was affected by a bushfire in the summer of 2014/2015, in particular the paperbarks along the "Paperbark View" trail. However the birds are prolific with wrens, honeyeaters and wattlebirds constantly calling and flying between trees and shrubs.

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Time / Duration

1.5 to 2 hours


5km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

The Spectacles, McLaughlan Road, 35km (35minutes) south of Perth

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Trail End

McLaughlin Road the Spectacles

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Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Hazards & Warnings

Dogs on leads are welcome but care needs to be taken to watch for snakes which are occasionally seen on the path.


There are no toilets near this walk.
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Best time of year

April- November

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6 trail goers have rated Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Beeliar Park as 3.17 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.

Martin Clayton

Reviewed 22 Jun 2022, 9:33pm

A nice flat trail. The path can be confusing to follow at times due to intertwining trails.
The boardwalk to the Biara Lookout and the trail to the Paperbark lookout were both eerily great.
Overall I found it a nice leisurely walk.
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Xavier Clayton

Reviewed 22 Jun 2022, 9:14pm

Very flat and easy for newbies. Looks like a lot of people bike through due to a lot of tracks. You could wheel your nan through on a nice summers day.
Suzi Mccarthy

Reviewed 17 Jun 2022, 9:49pm

Easy flat trail. Recommend navigating using a map as there are many forks. Very beautiful and variable bushland. Boardwalk lookout at the start was my favourite. Mushroom sightings occasionally.
Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 7 Jun 2022, 8:22pm

It's a nice trail but signage definitely needed improving when we walked this years ago, even with google earth maps its easy to go off track.
Robert Fewster

Reviewed 19 Sep 2020, 7:43pm

Very, very bad signage. We are an elderly couple and started to worry as it was getting late. We'd somehow missed a few turn offs and walked for miles and miles but eventually made it back to the Carpark. Can you PLEASE get someone (Ranger) to drive or bike the trail and hammer in 10 or 20 directional triangles. Perhaps more signage under Aboriginal signposts relaying direction and distance back to Carpark. Please, please be careful navigating this trac, there are many, many unmarked forks in the road. I'm surprised nothing has done since the last comment. This walk is not safe.
Grace G

Reviewed 28 Aug 2018, 12:17pm

Easy walk around the water. Lots of animals to see and hear. There is little signage with the odd reflector guiding the path. It can be confusing at times as there is a lot of tracks intertwining so its hard to know which is the correct direction to walk. Path is dirt with a few areas covered in hard rock. Be careful walking the track after rain as it is very swampy and slippery.

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