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CANCELLED: Yunderup Nature Observatory

24 October-25 October


Unfortunately we have had to cancel the trip to Yunderup Observatory this year. We hope to reschedule it for a time ~May 2021.

An excursion to the Club’s Nature Observatory on Cooleenup Island, on the eastern edge of the Murray River delta of the Peel Inlet.

Since 1970, our Club has had a cottage, or field studies centre, on Cooleenup Island in the Peel Harvey Estuary, at Yunderup, south of Perth. Club members have been carrying out flora and fauna surveys on this island since 1967. There is a salt lake at the north-west of Cooleenup Island and an ephemeral freshwater swamp north of the water tower on lot 31.

The last written plant list for Cooleenup (or Culeenup) Island dates from a 1991 survey by Penny Hussey, Dorothy Anderson and Shirley Loney with assistance from Otto Mueller (See Vol 19 No. 1 of the Journal). A total of 263 plant species were recorded at that time of which 89 introduced.

This proposed excursion aims to carry out a plant and fauna survey on the island (more or less opportunistic dependent upon excursion numbers).

Club members are welcome to come for one or both days. We will meet at South Yunderup Jetty 10am on Saturday the 25th . Observatory caretakers, Roman and Lucy Mandyczewsky, have offered to ferry us to and from the island, but you are welcome to bring your own small boat and moor it at the Club’s island jetty.

Members staying overnight need to bring bedding/sleeping bag and pillowcase, food and drinks, insect repellent, etc.
Please RSVP through our website if you intend to stay overnight or come along for one day (Saturday or Sunday).  You are not required to bring your “ticket” that you receive as we will have list of all RSVPs
Up to 12 people can sleep at the field studies centre (3 rooms with 2 bunk beds). There is a 4 ring hotplate to cook meals.

Costs: $5 for day visit, $15 for overnight stay. Pay on arrival.
For further information contact organiser, Jolanda.



24 October
25 October
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Jolanda Keeble
0439 978 550


Yunderup Field Station
South Yunderup, WA Australia + Google Map