March 22 EXCURSION TO BUNBURY – QUOKKAS, DOLPHINS AND BIRDS – STILL ON BUT NO BUS
This Sunday’s excursion is still on but, because of low numbers taking part and the need to maintain a social distance between people, we won’t be going by bus.
Instead, if you wish to take part, please make your own way to the meeting point which is just down Fisherman’s Road off Bussell Highway immediately south of the Stratham Downs service station (formerly known as Yowza Bowza) – see below. Be there by 9.30am and we will then head off to Muddy Lake for the 2 km return walk to view the lake, its quokka habitat and acid sulphate soils.
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is still open – I’ve just checked – so, after Muddy Lake, we will visit the Centre where you can buy lunch or have your BYO lunch on the beach or on the grassed area in front of the Centre, after which you can pay to go into the Centre or you can stay outside waiting for the dolphins to visit.
If time permits, we will conclude the day with a visit to Vittoria Bay, which includes the mouth of the Preston River and is a good spot to view waders and waterbirds, so please bring binoculars if you have them.
If you wish to share a lift with some of the people who’ve indicated their previous desire to take part in this excursion, can I suggest that people from Busselton or Dunsborough visit the car park at the former visitor centre at 9.00am to see if you can offer anyone a lift? Thanks.
See you on Sunday at 9.30am just west of the Fisherman’s Road/Bussell Highway corner.
The first stop on Sunday’s March 22 Busselton Naturalists Club excursion is Muddy Lake near Stratham, home to the only colony of mainland quokka on the Swan Coastal Plain.
Muddy Lake is now public land and, while we’re unlikely to see a quokka, a two kilometre easy return walk will highlight the different vegetation types within the lake area and, with luck, the many birds that use the area.
The wetland has suffered badly in recent years from acid sulphate soils, caused by reduced rainfall and excessive drainage of water by an old drain system no longer in use.
Lunch at Bunbury’s Dolphin Discovery Centre will give people the option of buying a lunch at the Centre or enjoying a BYO picnic lunch on the beach, waiting for dolphins to appear.
Participants will also have the option of paying to enter the Centre’s interpretive facility to learn more about dolphins and marine life in general, although this comes at an additional cost.
If time permits, the afternoon will include a visit to Vittoria Bay where the Preston River has created a large delta favoured by a wide range of wetland and wading birds.
A bus will leave the former Busselton Visitor Centre carpark on Peel Terrace at 9.00am.
Bookings are essential to Club president Bernie Masters by phoning 9727 2474 or emailing to email@example.com
The excursion cost is $15 per person, with entry into the Dolphin Discovery Centre an additional $12 for concession card holders.
The excursion is open to the public and is well suited to families with children.
Bring binoculars to views birds and swimming gear if you want to have a chance of meeting some dolphins in Koombana Bay!