Western Australian Birding Sites

The following are a list of the best birding sites that I have visited, read about or heard about in Western Australia.  I intend to include information about all of these sites when I find the time.  If there is a particular site that interests you but which I haven't written up then email me.  That is how the information for many of the sites began.  Note that many of the sites are seasonal or may vary greatly from year to year.

The sites marked with an indicate the better sites.  The page for each site begins with a list of the bird, mammal and reptile highlights for the site.  This is followed by a general introduction to the area followed by a list of specific sites.  Where possible, I have included the GPS latitude / longitude (WGS 84/86 Datum) for each specific site.  These can be used as the reference for completing survey sheets for the Birds Australia Atlas II project.  I encourage everyone to participate in this project.  At the end of each site, I have included some contact or reference details and in some cases suggestions for places to stay.  The sites near Perth include map references to the UBD Perth Street Directory.

I welcome any amendments or suggestions for improvements.


Western Australia covers an area larger than western Europe or the USA.  More than 500 bird species have been recorded including 14 endemics and at least 3 sub species that will probably be recognised as full species.  There are many other near endemics, migratory species and other highly sought after species.

Birds Australia WA (Inc) is the local branch of the national Birds Australia organisation.  The Birds Australia WA office is located at Perry House near Perry Lakes and it is open from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Monday to Friday.  Birders visiting Perth should find the time to visit the office.  There is an extensive range of WA country brochures complete with bird lists that are available for the cost of a small donation to cover the costs of reprinting.  Birds Australia WA has monthly meetings at the WA Tennis Centre at 8pm usually on the 4th Monday of each month, and they organise many bird walks and campouts.

Most visiting birders enter Western Australia by flying to Perth.  Perth has a surprising number of good birding sites within the metropolitan area or within a two hour drive.  The Birds Australia WA office sells a $3 booklet and a $20 book that cover most of the sites in the vicinity of Perth.  There are a large number of wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain including Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake, Bayswater Bird Sanctuary, Bibra Lake and Alfred Cove.  Most of the south west endemics can be found at Wungong Gorge and Bungendore State Forest in the Darling Range.  Rottnest Island is worth a day trip especially in summer, and Penguin Island is also worth a visit if you are in the Rockingham area.

The best birding areas in Western Australia are in the Kimberley in the far north of the state.  Broome is outstanding for the waders, summer migrants and mangrove species and you must stay at the Broome Bird ObservatoryKununurra is outstanding for the finches, parrots, honeyeaters and waterbirdsDerby is well worth a day visit from Broome, and Wyndham from Kununurra.  The Kimberley coast is spectacular with up to an 11 metre tidal range and some isolated rainforest patches.  The Kimberley Coastal Camp is an unforgettable place to visit.

Most of the Western Australian endemics occur in the south west.  A common itinerary is Perth to Dryandra State Forest, to Fitzgerald River National Park, to Waychinicup Nature Reserve, Two Peoples Bay and Albany for a couple of days, to Cape Leeuwin at Augusta via Mt Barker, Lake Muir and Manjimup, to Cape Naturaliste and back to Perth.  The Mandurah and Pinjarra areas are very good especially in summer.

Further to the south east there are excellent birding opportunities from Hyden to Norseman, Esperance and the Eyre Bird Observatory.

Another common itinerary north of Perth is Perth to Kalbarri National Park, to Monkey Mia at Shark Bay, to Carnarvon, back to Geraldton, across to Cue via Yalgoo and Mount Magnet for a couple of days at Nallan Station, and back to Perth via Payne's Find and Wubin.

There are very good birding areas in the Pilbara such as Port Hedland, Millstream Chichester National Park, Karajini National Park and Cape Range near Exmouth.


Kimberley

Adele Island Lake Argyle Argyle Diamond Mine Ashmore Reef
Bell Gorge Broome Derby El Questro Station
Fitzroy Crossing Geikie Gorge Gibb River Road The Grotto
Kimberley Coastal Camp Kingston Rest Station Kununurra Lacepede Islands
Manning Gorge Mary River Mitchell Plateau Parry Lagoons
Windjana Gorge Wyndham    

Gascoyne / Pilbara

Cape Range Carbla Station Carnarvon Dampier
Denham Exmouth Hamelin Pool Hamersley Ranges
Karratha Millstream Chichester Monkey Mia Newman
Pardoo Station Port Hedland    

North of Perth

Abrolhos Islands Ellendale Pool Geraldton Kalbarri
Mullewa Woolleen Station Yalgoo  

North East of Perth

Lake Annean Lake Austin Beacon Bimbijy Station
Canning Stock Route Cue Mt Magnet Meekatharra
Nallan Station Ninghan Station Payne's Find Thundelarra Station
Walga Rock Warne River White Wells Station  

Perth Suburbs

Adenia Road Lagoon ALCOA Wetlands Alfred Cove Amarillo Pool
Applecross Bayswater Bird Sanctuary Beenyup Swamp Bibra Lake
Bickley Brook Blue Gum Lake Bold Park Booragoon Lake
Bungendore Carine Open Space Lake Claremont Lake Coogee
Lake Cooloongup Floreat Beach Forrest Road Forrestdale Lake
Fremantle Harbour Lake Gwelup Herdsman Lake Lake Jandabup
Lake Joondalup Kings Park Kogolup Swamp Liddelow Road
Manning Lake Lake Monger North Lake Pelican Point
Penguin Island Perry Lakes Piesse Brook Point Peron
Rottnest Island South Perth Zoo Thomsons Lake Tomato Lake
WA Water Ski Park Woodman's Point Wungong Gorge Yanchep
Yangebup Lake      

South West

Albany Augusta Avon Valley Boyagin Rock
Bremer Bay Bunbury Busselton Cheynes Beach
Coodanup Dunsborough Dryandra Fitzgerald River
Flynn Road Harvey Harvey Peel Estuary Hopetoun
Hyden Jerramungup Julimar Kojonup
Cape Leeuwin Mandurah Manjimup Lake McLarty
Lake Muir Narrogin Cape Naturaliste Northam
Northcliffe Pinjarra Porongorups Lake Preston
Ravensthorpe Rocky Gully Stirling Ranges Sugarloaf Rock
Torndirrup Two People's Bay Vasse Wonnerup Walpole
Waychinicup York    

South East

Cape Arid Arubiddy Station Emu Rock Esperance
Eyre Bird Observatory Cape Le Grande Great Victoria Desert McDermid Rock
Newman Rock Nullarbor Plain Plumridge Lakes Recherche Archipelago
Rowles Lagoon      

Western Australian GPS Locations (Microsoft Excel 95) (44KB)

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2005 Visits Last Modified 7th November 2005