Listen for the bird song as you enter Ambergate Reserve, a 75 hectare regional park which protects the remnants of scrubland and woodlands once common along the coastal plains of Busselton and surrounds. The reserve becomes ablaze with wildflowers in spring but also offers the visitor a chance to observe a variety of plants and wildlife throughout the year along its gentle, looping 4km walk trail.
More informationGo wild about wildflowers during the Springtime with over 360 plant species recorded at Ambergate. From tall trees and shrubs such as Banksia, Marri, Jarrah, Peppermints and Snottygobble, to creepers and ground covers and 26 species of orchid.
Summer brings late flowering plants like those of the Eucalypts and Banksias, as well as opportunity to watch birds as they feed their young. Walk gently along the trail and look for traces of the many mammals and reptiles that also live in the park including the Western Grey Kangaroo, Quendas, legless lizards, snakes and skinks.
Early Autumn is a busy time in the park as much of the birdlife like Tree Martins, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Woodswallows prepare to migrate. Parrots, Cockatoos and Honey eaters will soon swoop in to source winter seeds and nectars. Bring your torch for a nightime visit to the park which opens a different world again with spotlighting for Brush-tail Possums, Ring-tail Possums and Tawny Frogmoths high in the trees, or geckos, lizards, and frogs at ground level. You may hear bats flying overhead or locate the shining eyes of small spiders as they scamper through the dark.
Rug up for a winter wander through the reserve and view water birds such as Australian Wood Ducks, Heron and Ibis in the flowing waterholes and swamp lands. Listen to love songs performed by Banjo and Tree Frogs as they search for a mate. The growth of mosses and fungi brings burrowing Quendas, Echidnas and the odd solitary Brush Wallaby keen for a winter feed.
Please be thoughtful when visiting this reserve by following the path and adhering to all signage. To prevent the spread of the Dieback fungus that threatens native plant species in the South West, please use the boot/footwear cleaning station at the entrance to the trail as well as the junctions.