Shire of Murray
The Heron Trail
- Region: Mandurah & Environs, Shire of Murray
- Length:Various 3.5 - 11kms
- 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 Heron Trail is a tidal all year round trail. On the river's lower section is a mixture of she oaks, paper barks, river gums, bushland, some beaches, back waters, reserves, jetties and residences. Power boating is popular during holidays but not as hectic as the Murray River. There are two familiar herons on this trail. The two-toned grey white faced heron is easily seen as it stalks along the river edges.
The rufous night heron with chestnut brown back and sides, cream belly and three white plumes from its blue black head is harder to see as it roosts during daylight in riverbank trees. Other bird life abounds with whistling kites, mountain ducks, stilts, egrets, grey teal, black ducks and many more.
Dolphins regularly appear on fishing patrols, one spectacular method used is to concuss fish by smashing them with wave breaking force against the river banks.
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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