Located about 90km north of Perth is the pretty town of Guilderton, right on the mouth of the Moore River. Depending on the seasons, the sand bar across the river mouth may be open or closed, and so the area alternates between a closed lagoon and a tidal estuary.
The area is a nature lover’s paradise. Well over 100 dfifferent species of birds have been recorded in the vicinity. Particularly popular are the endangered Carnaby’s Black-cockatoos. In the same area over 400 different plant species have been found and recorded, with everything from orchids to banksias to kangaroo paws. So whatever time of year you visit, there will be something interesting and beautiful to see.
There is plenty to see and do here with the bush and the water at your fingertips. If you are feeling energetic, you can explore a number of walk trails, including along the river and the coast or through the sand dunes and up to the unusual, brick tower lighthouse. There are also marked 4WD tracks, including a 10km track between Guilderton and Seabird.
The beaches are perfect for swimming, fishing and surfing, while the river itself provides a safer swimming spot for kids with calm water. The river is also a great spot for canoeing, fishing, a river cruise or just paddling and cooling off from the summer heat.
The spot has been a holiday destination for a long time, and was declared as a recreation area in 1907. In 1931, a number of 17th century silver guilder coins were found in the sand hills near the entrance to the Moore River. The coins are believed to have come from the Dutch shipwreck, the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Drago), which was wrecked in 1656 near Ledge Point. The find gave rise to the name Guilderton. However the town was not officially gazetted and named Guilderton until 1951. Before this it was known locally as Moore River, and this name is still used today.
Information sourced from the Shire of Gingin, the Atlas of Living Australia and the Guilderton-Moore River website: https://guildertonwa.com.au/