Shire of Murray
The Swamp Hen Trail
- Region: Shire of Murray
- Length:Various 14 - 15kms
- Trail Manager:CTFMP
- Start Point:Murray River
- End Point:Murray River
The Murray River is born with the union of the Hotham and Williams Rivers. Its life force disperses into the Peel Inlet just below Coopers Mill. What a life it leads, flowing past historic Quindanning Hotel, onwards to Lane Pool Reserve near Dwellingup, with forests and camping areas like Yarrigal, Stringers, Charlie's Flat, Tony's Bend and Baden Powell. It continues rapidly down through the reserve into Scarp Pool, from here it crashes down the Darling Scarp into farm land below, mixes with tea trees and arrives at Pinjarra where our trail begins.
Tree lined banks, some beaches, pockets of reeds, encourage refuge places for a divers range of birds. Some of the harder to see species include sacred kingfishers, pink eared ducks and rainbow bee eaters.
This all year round rural trail is a quieter section of the Murray River, with less power boating than below Murray Bend. Canoeists see cattle, farm buildings, remnant orchards and discarded machinery. Residences are set back along this scenic waterway. When you explore and enjoy this trail, please respect public and private property.
Content Source: Murray River Canoe Guide No.2, The Swamp Hen Trail
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