Beenyup Swamp Loop

45 min to 1 h

15 min to 30 min

3 km
circuit

↑ 27 m
↓ -27 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park on Ocean Reef Road, Woodvale, this walk takes you on a circuit around Beenyup Swamp. If you're looking for a bushwalk that's not too long or demanding, check out the area around Perry's Paddock in Yellagonga Regional Park. There is a well-organised network of tracks that allow you to experience different parts of the park. The Beenyup Swamp boardwalk and walking trail enable visitors to complete a circuit of Beenyup Swamp, a shallow wetland in the heart of the park. Yellagonga's wetlands are a haven for wildlife, including resident and migratory birds, swamp tortoises and tiger snakes. The tangled trees, murky water, dragonflies and abundant birdlife make it easy to forget for a moment that you are still in suburbia. Although dogs are permitted, it's important to keep your dog on a leash as the area is also open to horse riders. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.7797531,115.8010888)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom Wanneroo Road, 60
  • Turn on to then drive for 230 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 760 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the carpark on Ocean Reef Road, Woodvale, head past the 'Yellagonga Regional Park' sign and over the sealed path. Follow the limestone path ahead for about 400m, passing Perry's Cottage and Bunkhouse (to your right), then cross over the bridge and continue the Beenyup Swamp Loop(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the sign at the start.
Continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the sign (10 m on your right).
After another 20 m find the "Perry's Cottage and Bunkhouse" (15 m on your right).
Perry's Cottage and Bunkhouse
Perry's Cottage and Bunkhouse

The ruins that are still visible are the remains of Jack Perry's old stables and homestead. The cottage was built around 1850 and will be restored in the locally adapted English style of the era. Standing a short way behind Perry's Cottage is the Bunkhouse. This bunkhouse is actually a replica that has been carefully built to match the design and materials of the original building. Both are great examples of local heritage preserved for all to see. Informative signboards in front of both buildings tell the full story. There is an info panel about Mooro people and how they utilised the area as well.
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The ruins that are still visible are the remains of Jack Perry's old stables and homestead. The cottage was built around 1850 and will be restored in the locally adapted English style of the era. Standing a short way behind Perry's Cottage is the Bunkhouse. This bunkhouse is actually a replica that has been carefully built to match the design and materials of the original building. Both are great examples of local heritage preserved for all to see. Informative signboards in front of both buildings tell the full story. There is an info panel about Mooro people and how they utilised the area as well.

After another 65 m find the "Perry's Paddock" (120 m on your left).
Perry's Paddock
Perry's Paddock

Named after John (Jack) Perry, who bred racehorses and held race meets on his property at the site, the paddock was a popular venue for big sports, horse races and picnic days from 1915 to 1930. It is a registered heritage site notable for being the location of Wanneroo's first land grant, surveyed in 1838.
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Named after John (Jack) Perry, who bred racehorses and held race meets on his property at the site, the paddock was a popular venue for big sports, horse races and picnic days from 1915 to 1930. It is a registered heritage site notable for being the location of Wanneroo's first land grant, surveyed in 1838.

After another 100 m pass the sign (9 m on your right).
Turn left.
After another 145 m pass the sign (9 m on your right).
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 140 m turn left.
After another 235 m veer left.
After another 620 m turn sharp left.
After another 295 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Woodvale Drive. Details below.
After another 160 m veer left.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 30 m find the "Beenyup Swamp boardwalk" (on your right).
Beenyup Swamp boardwalk
Beenyup Swamp boardwalk

The scenic boardwalk cuts through the swamp and is an excellent spot to see and photograph some local birdlife. It also is a great way to experience the wetlands environment.
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The scenic boardwalk cuts through the swamp and is an excellent spot to see and photograph some local birdlife. It also is a great way to experience the wetlands environment.

Then cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 700 m turn sharp right.
After another 215 m turn right.
After another 180 m come to the end.

An alternate access point from/to Woodvale Drive.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 130 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Beenyup Swamp Loop


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 3 km
Time 45 min to 1 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 1.7 km from the start.


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