Mandurah & Environs
The Spoonbill Trail
- Region: Mandurah & Environs, Shire of Murray
- Length:Various 12 - 17kms
- Trail Manager:CTFMP
- Start Point:Serpentine River
- End Point:Serpentine River
The Serpentine River shapes this trail as it slithers its way down from high up in the Darling Ranges, falls down the Scarp, snakes across flood plains, forms pools, back waters and lakes, twists, then disappears into the Peel Inlet.
The Spoonbill trail is also tidal and algae may be present, therefore canoe only in winter and sprint, after good rains. The shallow lakes appeal to canoeists who like a remote and easily accessed trail. Samphire flats, low bush, trees, narrow linkages between the lakes also give the paddler an exploratory feeling. The only reliable comfort or rest sites are those shown on the guide map. Yellow spoonbills when feeding constantly move their heads from side to side as though vacuuming the shallow fringes and beds as they filter and consume water insects, crustaceans, fish and molluscs. The birds on this trail include the ones from Trail 3 and more, including musk ducks, avocets, ospreys, pelicans and the occasional white breasted sea eagle.
When you explore and enjoy this trail, please respect private and public property.
Content Source: Serpentine River Canoe Guides NOs. 3 & 3A, The Heron Trail & The Spoonbill Trail
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