Exploring the Rivers and Lakes Systems in Esperance

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In this information tourism post of what to see and do in Esperance, we are floating idea's of the places that offer the bird nature lover's a paradise to explore as well as the fishing enthusiast with kids to try their hand at catching some bream in the lakes. Where Tanin infused rivers and Saline  lakes beckon you for unforgettable experiences!

We'll hope to inform you of places to access some of the most captivating waterways in the region, offering fantastic opportunities for kayaking, birdwatching, and bream fishing. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of Alexander River, Woody Lake System, Ramsar Wetlands Bird Reserve, Lake Quallilup, and a stopover in at the Munglinup Oldfield Estuary! 🏞️

Did you know that the Ramsar Wetlands are renowned  as of international importance and protected by its convention, Some of the migratory birds travel as far as from Russia to breed at Esperances diverse wetlands and so its important we respect and look after this area. Here is a link if you want to read more about this

🚣 Alexander River Kayaking 🚣‍♀️

The Alexander River offers a relaxing kayaking experience for both beginners and seasoned paddlers. As you gently glide through its tanin brown waters, you'll be surrounded by lush greenery . 🌿 Keep an eye out for the diverse birdlife that frequents the riverbanks; its not a long paddle , approx. 2 k's in length until it goes too shallow to traverse further,  Paddling along the meandering course of Alexander River will fill you with a sense of tranquility and wonder! Alexander bay has it's own blog information post here

Kayaking Esperance diverse river and creeks

🐦 Woody Lake System Birdwatching and Kayaking 🛶

The Woody Lake System is a birdwatcher's paradise, providing a safe haven for various avian species. 🐤🦜 Grab your binoculars and embark on a birdwatching adventure! 

The reserve lies 5 km east along Fisheries Rd and comprises saline lakes, marsh areas, and kwongan heathland. Notably, Lake Wheatfield, Woody Lake, and Lake Windabout are part of the Lake Warden System Ramsar-listed site, renowned for hosting migratory birds. You can access the reserve via Windabout Road or Lakes Rd (Lake Wheatfield end), both connected to Fisheries Road.

During summer and autumn, the reserve becomes a congregation spot for many waterbirds.

After observing the feathered residents, it's time to paddle through the calm waters of the lake system. 🚣 The serene atmosphere and stunning reflections of the surrounding flora will leave you in awe. Don't forget your camera – the Woody Lake System is a photographer's dream! 📸

🌿 Ramsar Wetlands Bird Reserve 🦆

Esperance's Ramsar Wetlands Bird Reserve is a must-visit for any bird enthusiast. 🕊️ Home to a vast array of migratory and native bird species, this reserve is a significant habitat for their conservation. Take a leisurely stroll along the designated trails, keeping an eye out for the fascinating birdlife. 🚶‍♂️👀

You can stop on your way to Lucky bay off Merivale Road as there is a huge wetlands right next to the road to sneak a peak at the birdlife that flocks their.

🎣 Lake Quallilup for Bream Fishing and Kayak Adventure 🐟🛶

Calling all fishing enthusiasts! Lake Quallilup is a haven for bream fishing and a paradise for kayak adventurers. 🎣🚣‍♂️ Surrounded by scenic beauty and serene ambiance, you'll feel at one with nature as you cast your fishing line and await the nibbles from the abundant bream. 🌄🎣 

The drive to the lake is west of Esperance , aprox 25k's  put Murray Road or Chartwell Lane into your navigator , During summer its best as the track down too the lake can get muddy and sloppy in winter, just  be aware the lake is next to an agriculture lime pit so during the Jan  to April months the road has a lot of heavy traffic carting limesand and so the road can be rather corrugated.  

lake quillilup map

When you're not busy catching fish, take your kayak out on the calm waters and explore the hidden corners of this picturesque lake. 🏞️ The experience is both exhilarating and rejuvenating, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike! 🌊🌳

The fish are not huge but fun for the kids to catch, they also taste surprisingly really nice for inland waters. 

🚣‍♀️ Munglinup Oldfield Estuary Kayaking and Bream Fishing 🎣🛶

Our final stop is the captivating Munglinup Oldfield Estuary, a haven for kayakers and bream fishing enthusiasts. 🚣‍♂️🐟 The tranquil waters and stunning surroundings create an idyllic setting for a day of paddling and fishing.

Glide through the estuary's gentle waters, appreciating the natural beauty and spotting various bird species along the way. 🦆🌿 When you feel the urge to reel in a catch, drop your line and try your luck with bream fishing. It's an exciting activity that will add a touch of thrill to your peaceful day on the water. 🎣🌅 ,   This is a little further away from Esperance, but if you want to make it a overnight trip then the Munglinup Caravan park stay is right next to the tracks that lead to the rivers systems. 

In conclusion, While exploring the reserve, it's essential to be mindful of the birdlife, especially the migratory waders that visit during the summer months. Respecting their habitat helps preserve the unique beauty and ecological importance of the area.

Esperance's rivers and lakes systems offer a diverse range of activities for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. Whether you're kayaking, birdwatching, or bream fishing, these picturesque waterways will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. So pack your gear, put on your adventurer's hat, and embark on an extraordinary journey through Esperance's water wonderland! 🌊🛶🐦🎣

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:    Esperance Bird Observers Group  .

wetlands map of Esperance

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