Ambergate Nature Reserve & Walk Trail

Star 4.6 (38 Google reviews)

Ambergate Nature Reserve & Walk Trail

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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.
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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.  

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Ambergate Nature Reserve & Walk Trail

988 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Chapman Hill WA 6280, Australia

Reviews

Star 4.6 (38 Google reviews)
Emily Keye 10 September 2022

This is a nice track and area to walk and it has a lot to offer in variety of nature to see, but the path is so overgrown almost the whole way around that it is much less enjoyable. You are constantly walking through branches and spikes and getting scratched up. The whole loop is 3.9km around. Plenty of car parking spaces and you can cut the loop short by coming back along the roads. The boot cleaning stations are OK but some are broken. We were there at the start of spring and saw some nice flowers. 🌼 🌸 🌻 There are no toilets. 🚻 There are benches along the trail to sit and rest and enjoy the nature. Be wary of the many honky nuts that are quite slippery on the ground.

Forking Off 28 September 2022

Very good and easy walk. Beautiful wildflowers and very well marked with botanical names and English translations. Loved the references to Bush Tucker, i.e. Speading SnottyGobble. No amenities, ample parking. Take the extra time to walk the section across the road as well. Abundant bird life. Benches along the path for resting.

Rhonda Boner 20 October 2022

We were fortunate to see quite a few wildflowers. A great bush walk not far from town.

Tin Ship 23 October 2022

Awesome wildflowers here. So many spider orchids.

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