Leschenault Inlet

Leschenault Inlet, Bunbury: Address, Leschenault Inlet Reviews: 4/5

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mazza
Esperance, Australia19 contributions
Leschenault Inlet
Aug 2019 • Solo
Easy, interesting and very photogenic walk. Brilliant views at sunrise and also sunset. Dolphins cruising, rowers sculling, myriad bird life through the mangroves plus a choice of great coffee and or cocktails as I sit down & contemplate my photos.
Written 8 September 2019
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AlbanyRick
Albany, Australia1,962 contributions
A nice 5km walk around the inlet
Mar 2019 • Family
There's a 5km trail that goes entirely around the Leschenault Inlet, suitable for walking or biking. We walked it, and it took about 90 minutes, due to a few stops along the way.

It's very close to the city center, and there's several places right alongside where you can park, like at the rowing club. There's also a few small parks and toilets in this area. The trail going around is paved, and mostly flat, but there are a couple of bridges you do have to cross.

There are some points of interest along the way, such as the Mangrove Boardwalk. We were a bit disappointed with the Mangrove Boardwalk, because it's a bit run-down, and were glad we hadn't come just for that, but had done the entire walk.

The inlet itself is quite murky and the water is brown, so it's not super pretty as such. But it's always nice walking near water, and this is no exception. Not all parts are pleasant, however. There's a long stretch that goes right besides Koombana Drive, so you're walking right besides traffic. This area is also close to some industrial towers, and the smell from these and from the water itself in some spots is not pleasant. In another spot you have to walk through suburbia, so you're just walking on city streets.

Most of the trail is quite nice, though. It's ideal for a 15-20 minute bike ride, or even for a jog. And it's close to Koombana Beach, and the downtown area of Bunbury, so it's in easy reach of everything.

Note that the Leschenault Inlet shouldn't be confused with the much larger Leschenault Estuary. The Inlet has a 5km loop track around it, but the Estuary is further north and is a much larger body of water just north of the Inlet. In contrast to the Inlet, the Estuary is 13.5 km x 2.5 km in size, and is separated from the ocean by the large Leschenault Peninsula on its west. That takes a lot more driving to get to from Bunbury, whereas the Leschenault Inlet is only a short walk from the city center of Bunbury.
Written 1 April 2019
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alarmed16
South Perth, Australia72 contributions
Walking, wading or water sports...a delightful area.
Jan 2019 • Family
This lovely scenic area is ideal to enjoy boating and other water sports, fishing or just walking and enjoying the views.
Written 16 January 2019
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cjbray13
Bunbury, Australia95 contributions
peaceful place for a walk
Oct 2018 • Family
I walk my dogs down the Leschenault nearly every day, and eveyday the water is a different colour, there are birds, and black swans, and dolphins. Very peaceful.
Written 3 October 2018
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annettelaurie
Plymouth, UK1,927 contributions
No dolphins for us today
Jun 2018 • Couples
We walked along the Leschenaut Inlet, which is really pretty and where dolphins often come and play – none today though, all the way along to the Bunbury Visitor Centre. There is plenty of places to park and a long walk , away from the road alongside green park areas and the Inlet on the other side of you. There is lots of bird life. With public toilets and the Tourist Information Centre a short way along the walk, it is a good way to spend a couple of hours. Whilst we tried hard to look for the dolphins, it didn’t happen on our walk, until we were finished for the day and then saw one leaving the Inlet and swimming back out to sea!
Written 16 September 2018
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ChristineBALI2016
Perth, Australia53 contributions
So much bird life!
Apr 2018 • Couples
Enjoyed a bike ride around the inlet and across the bridges. Perfect environment for bird watching. Easily able to be walked as well. Best early morning or late afternoon. Good spot for a BBQ or picnic.
Written 9 April 2018
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia5,006 contributions
See the Inlet and Estuary
Mar 2018 • Friends
Our visitors wanted to see local vegetation, local fauna, livestock but most of all they wanted to walk and examine what the area has to offer. A brief walk on the boardwalk, explain the mangroves, tell of the blue manna crabs, and how the inlet was altered. it was then into the car and drive towards Australind and eventually Cathedral Avenue with the Estuary on our left. No kangaroos sighted on the day but we were very fortunate three days later when they were present in large numbers. We continued via Buffalo Road to the Peninsula, plenty of native vegetation, nice bush walks, tales of the old Belvedere settlement and the settlement ponds. A few nice areas to sit and admire the views while enjoying refreshments. locate an elevated area and try to spot the lagoon and, on the other side of the dune, the ocean. Plenty of birdlife, unfortunately I could not identify the majority. We did not sight any of the Brushtail or Ringtail possums. Lovely area to walk or drive with the sun shining from a clear sky over.
Written 19 March 2018
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5directions
Sydney, Australia78 contributions
Peaceful.
Feb 2017 • Family
A nice place to go walking and relax. Take the dog, go with friends or family or just on you own to take a break! Nice view of Bunbury!.
Written 7 January 2018
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Roger S
Bunbury, Australia45 contributions
A great place to walk/ride.Offers interesting and diverse experiences.
Oct 2017 • Family
Any tourist/local who decides to follow the path which encircles the Inlet, either on foot or on a bike will encounter a cross section of activities and facilities which give an insight into Bunbury while looking across a peaceful estuary in which may be seen dolphins, a range of birdlife, rising fish,and not too many boats and sailboards. The northern leg passes through mangroves on the inlet side and views of the woodchip stockpiles in the harbour awaiting export. The mangroves lead to a boardwalk providing a close up of the inlet's flora and fauna. Further along are access paths leading to the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Bay Beach and the Caravan Park.
Moving on towards the CBD comes into view and the path crosses the mouth of the inlet providing a view of the flood gates which are closed during storms. If walkers turn right off the path they can find a range of cafes and restaurants on the water's edge further on.If they continue on the path they can divert to visit the cinemas and the CBD. Further on is the skate park, the rowing club and the first of the cafes on the inlet's edge. The path now continues through manicured parks which are overlooked by houses with attractive gardens.Upon reaching King St, hungry and thirsty walkers can choose to visit 'The Happy Wife' a top quality cafe,'Paddy's Patties'which offers gourmet burgers or the lively Parade Hotel.Much more to write about but enough said. I cycle the route every day in 30 minutes. May be walked in easy sections.
Written 7 November 2017
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mjmr
buckinghamshire387 contributions
Great place to have a walk
Sep 2017 • Couples
A beautiful walk around the waters edge. There are people windsurfing and in canoes etc
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There is a lot of wildlife on the water, we saw lots of swans and there were a few people fishing from the side of their boats.

For a nice leisurely walk this is well worth visiting.
Written 1 November 2017
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