#ParksForPeople – Greenough River Nature Walk Trail

The scenic Greenough River meanders for 250km through the countryside to meet the Indian Ocean at Cape Burney, approximately 10km South of Geraldton. Cape Burney marks the start (and finish) of the Greenough River Nature Walk Trail. The trail was constructed to allow residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the area, whilst protecting the vulnerable environment.

The walk trail is a circular track of 17km, and the relatively flat terrain is suited to both walkers and mountain bikes and has become a valued recreational facility. From the track you can enjoy stunning views of the river, remnant bushland, coastal vegetation, dunes, cropping country and numerous wildflowers in the spring.

The river, dune system and surrounding vegetation provides varied habitat and consequently is a haven for an amazing range of birds. From the elegant egrets and herons to the majestic osprey and ubiquitous pelican, to the smaller wrens and honeyeaters and more besides.

The walk from the mouth of the River to Rudd’s Gully is about three and a half kilometres and gives you the opportunity to see much of the wildlife that lives in the area, including a variety of water birds. If you fancy a dip in the river after your long walk, Devlin Pool is just a short walk past the gully. If you plan to complete the entire loop, allow at least 4 hours and take plenty of water.

Canoeing and fishing are also popular activities to do when you get down to the water’s edge.

Information sourced from the following websites: Visit Geraldton, Australia’s Coral Coast website and Trails WA.

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