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Bunbury in bloom

Bunbury in bloom

In partnership with the City of Bunbury.

There is a plethora of walking and bike trails throughout Bunbury where you will bear witness to local flora and fauna.

The popular five-kilometre loop around the tranquil Leschenault Inlet takes in the stunning Mangrove Walk (the southernmost mangroves in Australia) as well as views across the waterway into the CBD.

The Maidens, located at the southern end of Ocean Drive, is an undulating limestone coastal track. Enjoy the beachside vegetation and clean, crisp ocean air as you traverse the trail. If you time it right, you will catch an awe-inspiring sunset.

The Big Swamp Wetlands’ winding walkways and intriguing paperbarks are also not to be missed. The wetlands are home to more than 70 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish.

Meanwhile, a two-kilometre pathway meanders around the swamp, where there are boardwalks, lookouts and a bird hide to observe and enjoy the diversity of birdlife, flora and fauna.

At the furthest south end of Ocean Drive you will find the Tuart Walk. During spring, you may be lucky enough to view wildflowers in full bloom or spot a kangaroo or two. Wildflowers in this area include buttercup bush, purple tassels, false boronia, running postman, cow slip orchids, pink fairy orchids, and wattle.

If you want the full Bunbury in bloom experience, then head to Manea Park, located in College Grove. A limestone trail winds through the park, which is home to an array of flora and fauna, including the red-tailed black cockatoo and western ringtail possum. Wildflowers on display include donkey orchids, leaping spider orchids, curry flowers, buttercup bush, salt and pepper bush, native wisteria, sun dews, kangaroo paws, jug orchids and white spider orchids.

Another notable location for pretty blooms is the Katherine Chauhan Reserve. The quiet reserve is located on the corner Parade Road and Guile Fairway in Withers and has an array of wildflowers, such as white spider orchids, kangaroo paws, blue squill, purple tassels, false boronia, running postman, milk maids, cow slip orchids, wattle, pink fairy orchids, buttercup bush and salt and pepper bush.

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