18 February 2018
If you’re a keen gardener, flora or nature lover you will enjoy your visit to BunGeo. A diverse range of plants, both native and exotic, thrive in our temperate climate.
Big Sawmp Wetlands, Bunbury
Big Swamp is a unique wetland reserve, home to over 70 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish, plus one of the favoured breeding grounds in Bunbury for the Black Swan and home to the long-necked turtle. A 2 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. Originally a winter wetland used for grazing, it was then cleared for market gardens and later used as a landfill site. Water levels were increased when drainage channels were modified in the 1970’s. In the 1990’s numerous islands were created within the system. Most of the natural vegetation seen today has been established through the hard work of the local community and City of Bunbury. A Big Swamp brochure that outlines the common bird, frog and reptile species is available from the Bunbury Wildlife Park – it also has a handy map!
Golden Valley Tree Park, Balingup
The park is one of the BunGeo’s must-see landmarks. Aside from stunning scenery and lovely walks through the forest, you can also gather.. Balingup’s famous misty morning views will not disappoint as you walk up to Pear Tree Look Out. Alternatively, follow the avenue of Desert Ash as they begin the procession of new growth by flowering midwinter and are the first deciduous trees to leaf out from August with a burst of brilliant lime green. Abundant yellow wattle flowers and lovely views to Balingup also make winter a great time to take a walk in the Australian Collection. With its grove of tall gums, you will also find a rainforest glade with winter-flowering Firewheel Trees. Moving along to the Great Western Woodland are plantings of Gimlets Mallets and Mallees with their exquisite bark and through some of WA’s rarest trees.
Collie Arboretum, Collie
Across the river, from the Soldiers Memorial Park forming part of the Collie River Walk, are various Australian native trees planted in 1922, which are floodlit at night. A WA Karri tree is at the eastern entrance to the river walk.
Finlay Gardens, Collie
The Finlay Gardens were officially opened on the 26th January 1994. Within the park, a statue has been erected to commemorate women’s suffrage and their contribution in pioneering times. View the many roses and bulbs on display in the gardens over spring. Picnic facilities available.
Collie Rose Trail, Collie
During September through to November, Spring is in the air and so is the sweet smell of flowers. One flower, in particular, grows wonderfully in Collie and that is the humble rose. It has stood the test of time and is still seen in many gardens, especially in Collie where they sit beautifully against the old houses and buildings. Come into the Visitor Centre on Throssell Street and pick up a map or download a copy here.
Big Swamp Wetlands Trail, Bunbury
This 2.5km easy walk meanders around the Big Swamp, a conservation wetland, located one kilometre south of the Bunbury city centre. It is family friendly and suitable for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and gophers. A few boardwalks add extra interest and access to the centre of the lake.