• Forests

Ambergate Nature Reserve & Walk Trail

Open 24 Hours
988 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Chapman Hill WA 6280
Located just 9km from the centre of Busselton, near the corner of Doyle Rd and Queen Elizabeth Ave. The trailhead and parking area is located on the left side of the road if travelling south along Queen Elizabeth Ave from Busselton. The trail is a 4km loop walk.
  • Free
    Free
  • Nature & Wildlife Spotting
    Nature & Wildlife Spotting
  • Scenic Spot
    Scenic Spot
  • Sunny Day
    Sunny Day
  • Walking & Hiking
    Walking & Hiking
  • Wildflower Spotting
    Wildflower Spotting

Ambergate Reserve is a 75-hectare regional park which protects the remnants of scrubland and woodlands once common along the coastal plains of Busselton.

The reserve is ablaze with wildflowers in spring - but at any time of the year the 4km loop walk trail offers the visitor a chance to observe an amazing variety of plants and wildlife.

Over 360 plant species have been recorded at Ambergate Reserve. From tall trees and shrubs such as marri, jarrah, peppermints, banksia and snottygobble, to creepers and ground covers - and 26 species of orchid! 

Many animal species inhabit the reserve, and while some are active during the day, many others are only seen at night, while ‘spotlighting’. Mammal inhabitants include kangaroos, quendas, brush-tailed possums, ringtail possums, bats, wallabies and echidnas. There are also species of frog, and many reptiles like legless lizards, snakes, geckos and skinks. 

The enormous variety of birds found here includes tree martins, rainbow bee-eaters, wood swallows, parrots, lorikeets, cockatoos, honeyeaters, wood ducks, heron, black swans, ibis, boobooks, kites, falcons and tawny frogmouths. The birdlife varies greatly by season, with the reserve being used by many migratory species. 

When visiting the reserve it is important to follow the path and adhere to all signage. To prevent the spread of the dieback fungus that threatens native plant species in the South West, visitors are asked to use the footwear cleaning stations at the entrance to the trail and at the junctions.  

Google Reviews

16
Oct
2020
Very well arranged and managed nature reserve. Good place to see wildflowers especially in Spring. Simon H
07
Oct
2020
Beautiful spot with many wildflowers. Peter Watson
01
Sep
2019
We enjoyed a slow amble along the track. It was the last week of Winter, so not too much was on show. We appreciated the various signs they had beside the track. Steve Warwick
12
Jan
2020
Easy 4km walk, with lots of flora and fauna! L Paxman
12
Oct
2019
Nice spot to see the wildflowers! Will make a point of taking the whole trail next time. Ata Selwyn
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