HEMA Map reference 74/E2
32 48' 53" S 115 40' 53" E
Lake Clifton Vineyard & Winery, Froget-me-not Farm, Blue Wren Park, Thrombolite reef.
Buildings of note
Tunnels (see text).
Lake Clifton Wines
Ph. 0457 166 300
An excellent range of fruit wines and ports at very reasonable prices. See John for wine tasting. Our personal favourites, mango wine, apricot wine, white port and plum port.
A rest stop between
Bunbury on the Old Coast Road. The townsite was named after a nearby lake
which in turn was named in honour of
Marshall Waller Clifton.
The nearby Yalgorup National Park contains a number of tunnels (13 is the number most often quoted), that have been dug into the side of a limestone formation. No one, so far, seems to know who created the tunnels or why they were dug in the first place. The tunnels are about 50 metres long and appear to have been dug by hand (as opposed to by machines). Dates carved in the walls of the tunnels go back to at least 1927. Some of the entrances were intentionally blocked during World War Two but others remain open even if they are not that easy to find.
Lake Clifton is used as a stop over for migratory birds like the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Red Necked Stint and the Rainbow Bird. These birds migrate from places as far away as the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and even Siberia. At times there are also large flocks of black swans here.
A 'reef' of Thrombolites stretches 6 kilometres along the shores of Lake Clifton and in places is up to 160 metres wide. It is believed to be the largest reef of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Thrombolites look similar to stromatolites in that they produce large round rock like structures. The two species differ in the way they lay down the sediment that makes up their homes.
These organisms are among the first to evolve on Earth and are thought to be responsible for producing much of the oxygen that we depend on today. This process took millions of years and transformed the planet. (Organisms similar to the Thrombolites are thought to have been the dominant life on Earth for over 2,850 million years.)
has been constructed over the lake to make viewing of these structures easy.
Access is from Mount John Road.