Big Swamp is a unique wetland reserve, home to over 70 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish.
A 2 kilometre pathway meanders around the swamp where there are boardwalks, look-outs and a bird hide to observe and enjoy the diversity of birdlife, flora and fauna.
Big Swamp is one of the favoured breeding grounds in Bunbury for the Black Swan and home to the long necked turtle.
The Big Swamp area was originally a winter wetland used for grazing, it was then cleared for market gardens and later used as a landfill site. Water levels were increased when drainage channels were modified in the 1970’s. In the 1990’s numerous islands were created within the system. Most of the natural vegetation seen today has been established through the hard work of the local community and City of Bunbury.
A Big Swamp brochure that outlines the common bird, frog and reptile species is available from the Bunbury Wildlife Park – it also has a handy map!