Coomallo Creek is a pleasant rest area located on Brand Highway just south of Jurien Road.
Facilities at the rest area include toilets, bins, seats, tables and information shelters.
Carnaby's Walk Trail starts at the rest area and is an easy 1.5 kiloemtre loop that takes you through
woodland and up on heath along the side of a hill.
The best time to visit is in spring when the wildflowers are blooming but it is a pleasant walk in everything
except very hot weather.
The walk includes the unusual zamia palms and the area, despite looking rather low and scrubby, supports and
amazing 1500 species of plants. 111 species are found only in this region. The seeds of the zamia palms were once used as a
food source by the Aboriginies but without proper preparation, they are poisonous.
The large cones break apart in February allowing access to the red seeds within. The seeds were buried, soaked in water and roasted
to remove the toxins. They are said to have a flavour like that of tomatoes.
The white gums found at Coomallo Creek stand out in an otherwise treeless area.
The walk trail is named after Canaby's cockatoo, a large black parrot with white cheek patches. The birds can live up to 50 years
and the population is estimated to be only 50,000 birds across the state. Just 15% of hatchlings are thought to survive their first year
of life in areas that have been over cleared of native vegetation. The birds are currently listed as being endangered.
Many plants in the Kwongan heath and banksia woodlands are susceptible to Dieback and care should be taken
not to move soil from one area to another. To reduce the spread of this fungus, stay on established tracks, try not to visit areas during
times of heavy rainfall, clean vehicles and footwaer of mud and soil before entering bushland and do not enter areas signposted as containing
For more information visit Project Dieback.
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