Herron Point

 

About This Location

Located approximately 30 kilometres south of Pinjarra, Herron Point is an ideal location for camping, swimming, picnics, crabbing, bird-watching and walking.

With the campgrounds just metres away from the white sandy beach, it boasts magnificent views across the Peel- Harvey Estuary.

Walking

  • An unusual and interesting walk, which involves wading through water
  • Ideal for summer months and protective footwear is a must

  1. The walk begins at the camping area at the west end of Herron Point. This is surrounded by Kooljerrenup Nature Reserve which contains species of rare orchids and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
  2. A shallow sandy bar links Herron Point to Egg Island. Crabs can be seen scuttling along on the sandy bottom and prawns can be netted here. For most of the way the water is ankle deep.
  3. Walk past Egg Island, which was used as a ceremonial ground, according to the Nyoongar Aboriginal tradition. The focal point of the tradition was a white, egg-shaped stone, a little bigger than an emu egg. The egg stone was reputedly removed by two European Australians but was returned when they fell ill.
  4. Then it is into the deeper channel crossing and on to the sandy shore of Island Point. This is part of the Peel-Murray bridle trail from Dwellingup Forest to Lake Preston.

Herron Point Crossing was discovered by settlers on horseback who were pursuing a fugitive and saw him cross the estuary. The Crossing was marked with poles and was used regularly by farmers moving cattle to coastal properties for the summer period. Horses and carts also crossed the estuary at this point.

Camping

  • Number of sites: 25
  • Sites are offered on a first come, first served basis, pre-bookings are unavailable
  • Campers/visitors are requested to arrive during daylight only, in order to reduce disruption to campers already set up within the campgrounds
  • Sewered toilet facilities
  • Boat ramp
  • No power or potable water
  • Campfires are only permitted at certain times of the year and only in the fire pits provided – please discuss with site caretaker
  • There is strictly no dump point on site with the nearest facility located at Pinjarra Williams Road, Pinjarra (adjacent to the Heritage train station)
  • Pet friendly however dogs must be on a leash at all times

Camping Fees:

The following fee schedule applies:

  • $8.50 (GST Inclusive) per person, per night over the age of 16 years
  • $6.50 (GST Inclusive) per person, per night for Eligible Concession Card Holders*

Camping fees are payable to the on-site caretaker

The maximum number of persons per site is capped at four adults and four children under 16 years.

* Eligible Concession Card holders are persons with a Pensioner Concession Card, State Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card with a WA Seniors Card.


Length of Stay:

Maximum of two nights only, except over Western Australian public holidays where four nights are permitted

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Birdlife

The Peel-Harvey Estuary is one of the largest and most important wetlands for birds in the Southwest with up to 75 different species of water birds.

Large expanses of tidal mudflats and shallows attract migratory and local waders, particularly in spring/summer. Fringing woodlands of sheoak tea tree thickets and samphire salt marsh provide shelter and roosting sites for many species, and are rich feeding grounds when inundated by tides and rain. Nearby freshwater swamps add to the diversity of feeding habitats and provide nesting sites for huge colonies of the larger water birds.

Islands, sandbars and spits off Herron Point provide roosts for waders, terns and other waterfowl particularly at high tide when they flock tightly together in their thousands. There are also breeding sites for some species which nest on open ground.

Location

Herron Point Road, Birchmont

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