Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands
The Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands have been listed by the Ramsar Convention as 'Wetlands of International Importance', for their role in supporting biological diversity and conserving threatened species. More than 30,000 waterbirds comprising 90 different species use this habitat each year; several of these species are now rare.
Lying just east of the Busselton townsite, the wetlands system is made up of the Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries, the Wonnerup Inlet and the seasonal Malbup Creek; which connects the two estuaries. Water flows directly into the wetlands from several surrounding rivers.
These wetlands support the largest regular breeding colony of the black swan in WA. Other waterbirds that congregate in their thousands include teal and black duck, pelican, stilt, coot, avocet, heron, egret, ibis, spoonbills, grebes, cormorants, sandpipers, plover, and stints. Birds of prey such as harriers, kites, eagles and osprey also use the habitat; with its waters rich in freshwater crustaceans, fish and mussels.