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Enjoy the unique naturescape that surrounds our Perth campus, with a bushwalk through the Banksia Woodland reserve.


One of the great things about our Perth campus is the opportunity to explore the many rare native plant species and meet some of our native wildlife, such as the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, long neck turtles and the elusive Southern Brown Bandicoot, or quenda.

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The lands where Murdoch University, Beeliar Regional Park and the Banksia Woodland Reserve now lie, were first used by the Nyoongar Whadjuk people to move between the region’s freshwater lakes and wetlands. Here they hunted and gathered a huge diversity of plants and animals to be used for food, medicine, shelter, tools and utensils.

More recently, much of this region was used for grazing horses, cattle and sheep. The Banksia Woodland is unique in the region because it was logged for native timber (jarrah and marri), and used for grazing, but it was never part of the pine plantations. Therefore, the reserve has retained much of its precious soil structure and native plant diversity.

Today, various activities are undertaken by Murdoch University, Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG) and other volunteers to conserve this beautiful woodland.

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You can access the Banksia Woodland at campus entrance G, off Farrington Road. An informal parking area is available off Campus Drive adjacent to the Kennedy Baptist College, but please do not park in the College’s grounds or on vegetation. If you’re visiting on the weekend, there is free parking in carpark 7 within the University. If you’re parking here, we recommend you allow a little extra time to walk to the entrance, as it puts you at the opposite end of Banksia Woodland Reserve.

small purple native wisteria flowers

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In the language of the local Nyoongar people, Koorloo refers to the Native Wisteria, Hardenbergia comptoniana. The Koorloo walk trail is the longest of the three trails in the Banksia Woodland at 1.2km, circumnavigating the entire Banksia Woodland and showcasing the diverse species.

Koorloo Walk Trail (pdf) 822 KB

Carnaby Black Cockatoo flying

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The Ngoolark walk trail is named after the Ngoongar word for one of the endangered bird species that lives in this area: Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. If you look carefully, you may spot this magnificent bird flying between branches of the canopy in the Banksia Woodland. This walk is a 1km circular route.

Ngoolark Walk Trail (pdf) 674 KB

close up image of an orange flower

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The Poolgarla walk trail is 1km in length, with interpretive signage linking the six Nyoongar seasons to the flora. Enjoy the current seasonal blooms and discover the Nyoongar uses for them.

Poolgarla Walk Trail (pdf) 837 KB

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Murdoch University stands on Whadjuk Nyoongar land. The University manages the Banksia Woodland Reserve, as well as the Chelodina Wetland Reserve in conjunction with the Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG) as part of the Beeliar Regional Park.

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