Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park is nestled between the Leschenault Estuary and the Indian Ocean, a mere 18km north of Bunbury. Not only is the area alive with birdlife, but dolphins are frequently spotted too. Do take your binoculars for birdwatching as more than 60 species have been recorded here.
On entering the park (free entry) there is an information bay, picnic area and the John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial Monument. O’Reilly was a political prisoner who hid in this area after escaping custody in the late 1800’s. The John Boyle O’Reilly Wetland Trail is an easy 1km return walk which trails through tuart, peppermint and paperbark trees.
Travel further along the 4km gravel road to the Belvidere picnic and camping area. Camping fees do apply and will be collected by the ranger. The Belvidere Interpretive Walk is an easy 1.5km return walk with plenty of opportunity to observe the vast array of waterbirds in the shallows of the estuary.
Just a stone’s throw from the camping area is Belvidere Beach. It is a great spot for beach fishing, snorkelling, diving and 4WD. If there is still some daylight left, do take the time to visit the picturesque settlements of Myalup and Binnigup.
Binnigup started as a lookout point during WW2. Today it is a very popular holiday destination. The beach is protected by a reef running parallel to it, which makes for safe swimming, snorkelling and an ideal spot to launch a boat.
Myalup got its name from the Aboriginal word mya meaning paperbark tree and up meaning place of. It is situated next to Yalgorup National Park, home to stromatolites, native wildlife and a bird sanctuary. Myalup is known for excellent beach fishing. 4WD is permitted here, but only on the beach as dune restoration is taking place here. More photos.