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Swan Estuary Marine Park

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The Swan Estuary Marine Park encompasses Alfred Cove, 200 hectares adjacent to the suburbs of Attadale and Applecross; Pelican Point, a 45 hectare area in Crawley; and Milyu, 95 hectares adjacent to the Como foreshore.

Feathered beauties

Internationally protected waders visit these three areas every summer, coming from as far afield as Asia, Mongolia and Siberia. The birds move between the intertidal flats of the three areas of the marine park according to where feeding and roosting sites are available. Most migratory birds are seen from August to the following March. Pelicans, ibis, egrets and other birds also reside in the estuary.

Walking, cycling and windsurfing

The most popular activities are walking and cycling along the scenic riverside. There are dual use paths (for the shared use of pedestrians and cyclists) along the river foreshore. Pelican Point is a popular location for windsurfing.

Fishing and prawning

You may fish with a line anywhere in the marine park as long as you comply with rules and regulations such as size and bag limits (see Prawning from the shore using drag nets is the most popular form of fishing in the marine park. If you intend to go prawning please respect the environment, especially the important remnant vegetation along the shore (there is very little of it left in the metropolitan area!). It is vital to take all your rubbish with you, as birds and marine animals can die after ingesting or becoming entangled in plastics or fishing line.

Getting there

All three localities within the Swan Estuary Marine Park lie within 20 minutes drive from the centre of Perth. 
Depending on which area you are visiting, you can drive to the nearest car park and walk to the foreshore.


South Perth

Milyu Nature Reserve

This small area adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway provides good feeding and resting areas for waders and other waterbirds.

Milyu is the Aboriginal name for samphire, and the main physical feature of this site is a small peninsula vegetated with sedges and samphire. 

Watching birds

The bird life is easily viewed from the beach or from the foreshore path. You can almost always see Australian pelicans and black swans, with perhaps an osprey overhead struggling with a large cobbler or bream it has plucked from the shallows. There are information panels on the Milyu foreshore.

Canoeing & kayaking   Swimming       Snorkelling       Fishing


Pelican Point 

Views of the mudflats and bird life of Pelican Point can be obtained from an observation platform reached from Australia II Drive.

Pelican Point is a popular windsurfing area in summer. It has extensive grassy rigging areas and easy launching into shallow near-shore waters, with showers, toilets and a mobile snack facility close by. Its shallow waters are ideal for learning high performance manoeuvres such as water starts and high speed gybes.
Keeping the birds happy
To a small bird, the shadow cast by a kite looks like a predator. Kite surfers and windsurfers should therefore avoid entering the waters surrounding Pelican Point, which are shown by in-water markers.
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Alfred cove

Alfred Cove has a number of vantage points for viewing more than 140 species of flying visitors and residents.

The mudflats, seagrass beds and intertidal vegetation of Alfred Cove provide many different habitats for a host of animals, and are rich foraging areas for numerous birds.

Flying in from afar
The most important of these, due to their international significance, are the migratory wading birds. They come from as far afield as Asia, Mongolia and Siberia. About 33 of these species are protected under international agreements.

Minute migrants
Most notable of the wading birds are the tiny red-necked stints. Although only 30-40 grams, they regularly fly thousands of kilometres from their breeding areas in Arctic Siberia to the warm mudflats of the Swan Estuary Marine Park.

Coastal strip around Attadale foreshore. Wetland areas adjacent to shire reserve.

Bird life intel

1. knowledge base 

2. bird life log

1. knowledge base 

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2. Bird Watching log - Milyu


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The Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group 

acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the sites on which we operate - the Wadjuk Noongar people - and pays respect to their Elders past, present and future.

The Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group (SERAG) Inc. was formed in 2010 in response to a pressing need for action to ensure the long-term health and well-being of three very special areas in the Swan River Estuary that have been set aside by the wider community as the Swan Estuary Marine Park.

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