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Spoonbill Trail, Peel-Harvey Estuary Paddle Network Spoonbill Trail, Peel-Harvey Estuary Paddle Network

  • Half day
  • 17.4 km

The Spoonbill Trail is a moderate 17.4km return paddle trail on the Serpentine River. 

It is a tidal paddle trail with its shallow lakes appealing to paddlers who like a remote and easily accessible trail. Algae often builds up in the warmer months therefore it is recommended to do this particular trail in Winter & Spring, after good rains.  

Samphire Flats, low bush, trees and narrow linkages between the lakes give the paddler a feeling of being an explorer. Paddlers may also be greeted as they cross Lake Goegrup by the curious local Mandurah Dolphins who regularly appear on fishing patrol.

Explore the incredible nature and birdlife on this beautiful and moderate paddling trail.

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It is a tidal paddle trail with its shallow lakes appealing to paddlers who like a remote and easily accessible trail. Algae often builds up in the warmer months therefore it is recommended to do this particular trail in Winter & Spring, after good rains.  

Samphire Flats, low bush, trees and narrow linkages between the lakes give the paddler a feeling of being an explorer. Paddlers may also be greeted as they cross Lake Goegrup by the curious local Mandurah Dolphins who regularly appear on fishing patrol. 

The Yellow-Billed Spoonbill (of which the trail is named after), constantly moves its head from side to side when feeding, as though it is vacuuming the shallow fringes and reed beds, filtering water and consuming water insects, crustaceans, fish and molluscs. The birdlife is simliar of that on the Heron trail but also includes avocets, ospreys and the occasional White-breasted Sea Eagle.

The trail is set on the Serpentine River, one of three rivers flowing into the Peel-Harvey Estuary which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and provides a habitat to many species of fauna and flora. The River slithers its way down from high up in the Darling Ranges, falling from the Darling Scarp, snaking across flood plains, forms pools, back waters and lakes, twists and then dissapears into the Peel Inlet. The Peel Inlet forms part of the Ramsar-listed Peel-Harvey estuary which is the largest and most diverse estuarine complex in south-western Australia, and a key destination for tourism and recreation, particularly popular for boating, fishing and crabbing.

Paddlers can start the Spoonbill Trail from Riverside Gardens, near the Lake Goegrup Nature Reserve and paddle upstream across Lake Goegrup and through the connecting lakes of Cogrup, Black Lake, Bulbilba Lake and Road Lake. 

Boating is popular on the river during peak season (school holidays etc) but is not as hectic as it can be on the nearby Murray River. 

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Time / Duration

5-6 hours

Length

17.4km return

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

Riverside Gardens Reserve, Greenfields

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Trail End

Road Lake, Furnissdale

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Hazards & Warnings

All lakes and waterways upstream from Riverside Gardens are very shallow and suitable for paddling only in winter and spring after good rains.


May contain algae during warmer months.

Safety

Paddlers should familiarise themselves with Boating Rules and Regulations contained in the official Western Australia Boating Guide.

Paddlers should keep to the right in boating channels and canals.

Use insect repellant and/or cover up to protect against mosquitos.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • All accessible parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Sheltered Area
  • All accessible toilet facilities
  • Water Access Points
  • Accessible picnic facilities
  • Accessible BBQ facilities

Best time of year

Anytime of year

Trail Access

Riverside Gardens, Greenfields

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