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Exploring Craigie Bushland

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by Anne Downing (subscribe)
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Published March 14th 2016
With our urban sprawl it is harder to find bushland to explore in the city. Craigie bushland is located 23kms north from Perth, adjacent to Whitfords Avenue and Mitchell Freeway (behind the Craigie Leisure Centre).

Craigie Bushland is 50 hectares of bush with many walking trails so you can easily explore the area. The bush is home to banksia, grass trees, eucalypts, hakeas and grevilleas. There are many wildflowers in bloom during spring and these include donkey orchids and fringe lilies.

Bush walking
Bush Walking

While we were walking along the trails, we came across a native bee hive which the children found fascinating. If you are a keen bird watcher, there are plenty of birds flying around and making a home in the trees.

Bee Hive
Bee Hive

Birds at Craigie Bushland
Birds at Craigie Bushland

While we did not see any Quenda there was evidence that they were living in the bush. Quenda also known as the Southern Brown Bandicoot reside in the bush. They have long snouts, rounded ears, small bright eyes with a relatively short tail.

The area is enclosed in to protect the Quenda from cats and foxes. It is working well and the population is thriving.

It is a great little spot to explore if you are a keen nature lover. If you like to run and get away from the traffic, the paths are great for trail running plus you will find lots of stairs to climb to get your heart rate up!
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Where: Adjacent to Whitfords Avenue and Mitchell Freeway (behind the Craigie Leisure Centre).
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urban bushland is indeed rare and I am sure there are many native fauna and plants worth seeing.
by walla (score: 0|2) 2391 days ago
Native bees do not live in hives - these are regular bees that have swarmed and should be removed from native bushland where they take nesting sites from native birds and animals and compete with native bees. Rainbow Lorikeets are not native to Western Australia and they take nesting sites from native birds and are an agricultural pest that has to be exterminated
by walla (score: 0|2) 2391 days ago
Thanks for your notes. Beautiful mauve fringe lilys are in flower now, and the yellow candle banksias stand out.
by Trevor (score: 0|2) 2134 days ago
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