#ParksForPeople – Ellendale Pool

Photo credit: Tara Bradford

Located an easy 45km drive east of Geraldton, Ellendale Pool is a beautiful natural waterhole along the Greenough River. The pool itself is surrounded by giant gum trees, wattles and reed beds, with a backdrop of impressive rocky cliffs. It is a great spot for a picnic or you can stay the night at the camp site.

It is a fantastic spot for a bit of birdwatching and you are likely to see the Australasian Darter and Musk Ducks. There are also many bush birds plus Peregrine Falcon nest in the cliff face.  Explore the walk trail for your best chance of catching a glimpse of the birdlife.

The site features interpretive signage which recognises and celebrates the importance that Ellendale Pool has played in both the Aboriginal and European history of the use of this tranquil site as a meeting place.

You can swim or kayak in the water (please heed all the warning signs). There is a children’s playground, barbeques and public facilities provided. Best of all may just be sitting, relaxing and enjoying the scenery and serenity.

Please be aware there is a small fee for camping and a maximum three night stay, there are also no drinking water facilities available so remember to bring your own. For more information please contact the Geraldton Tourist office: info@visitgeraldton.com.au

Getting There

Ellendale Pool is signed from the Brand Highway. It is located north-east of Walkaway, follow Nangetty Road for approximately 15km east of Walkaway, then turn north onto Ellendale Road. The last section is a dirt road/track, but is easily manageable with 2WD.

In the area

While you are in the area you might like to check out Burma Road Nature Reserve (situated south of the Nanagetty-Walkaway road). In season this area of scrub-heath is well worth a visit for the wildflowers and bush birds including Emu, White-winged Fairy-wren, Red-capped Robin and White-cheeked Honeyeater to name a few.

It is also hard to miss the Walkaway Wind Farm. The Wind farm has parking for visitors, public toilets and interpretive signage. The giant wind turbines towers here provide power to 64,000 homes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 300,000 tonnes a year!  The wind farm is on Allanooka Springs Road, Walkaway.

Information sourced from the Visit Geraldton, Everything Geraldton, Australia’s Coral Coast websites and Birds Australia.

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