Beenyup Swamp Loop with Perry's Paddock
Updated: Feb 22, 2020
The first day of Spring needs to be celebrated outdoors so we set off for a quick walk before tackling the weekend chores.
Beenyup Swamp lies within Yellagonga Regional Park on the south side of Ocean Reef Road in Woodvale. The trail is an easy, flat 2.4 km loop on it's own or it can be incorporated into longer walks or bike rides within Yellagonga. It is universally accessible with mostly hard limestone or paved paths and some dirt tracks. It took us about half an hour to walk around the trail including Perry's Paddock and it's historic buildings.
We started from Ocean Reef Road stopping to explore John Perry's historic cottage and stables.
Once past the historic buildings you cross a small bridge over a stream before joining the loop trail around Beenyup Swamp. Alternatively you can turn left and follow the trail in a clockwise direction. Water levels are high after our extremely wet winter and there are glimpses through the paperbark trees to the water beyond. There were plenty of birds including kookaburras and cockatoos singing in chorus with the banjo frogs.
At one point you cross the wetlands on a short boardwalk. There were lots of little tadpoles swimming in the water at the edge before the water turned inky black as you continued along the boardwalk.
UPDATE: When we did this walk another time in autumn we started by turning right at at the entrance way on Ocean Reef Road and following the path west. At one point you come out onto the Ocean Reef Road footpath and have to put up with the traffic but on the plus side you get some lovely views through the trees to the southern section of Lake Joondalup beyond.
Turn left back into Yellagonga Regional Park before the traffic lights and follow the path for a few hundred metres. Turn left off the main path and cross the grassy area before joining the rougher dirt track which follows the southern end of the lake. After leaving the lake behind you will walk adjacent to a suburban road through stands of trees until you get to the swampy areas. There are some stunning paperbark trees along here.
As you follow the track around you will eventually hit the boardwalk before looping back to come out at the ruins. This full circuit will take you about an hour to walk plus any time spent exploring the buildings. This path is not universally accessible though and is probably a bit rough for kids on bikes or scooters - they would be better doing the shorter walk on the original post. There are no toilets available.