My quest to conquer the Beeliar Regional Park continues. Today's battle ... The Spectacles Wetlands, located north of Kwinana. Apart from my quest to conquer Beeliar Regional Park the reason for today's walk was born from the wildflower experience gained on yesterday's stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. Planted wildflowers are all good and that, but to experience wildflowers blooming in the wild sounds much more exciting.
From the Perth CBD I catch the train to Kwinana. The Spectacles are actually right next to Kwinana Train Station, but the actual entrance is located on the western side of the wetlands on Mc Laughlan Road. I thought about jumping the fences on the southern end of the wetlands on Thomas Road, but the paths looked very sandy and not conducive to an enjoyable walk. Instead I took the designated path along Thomas Road and then took a right up Mc Laughlan Road (you have to walk on the actual road, but it's quiet so it's no problem). It took about half an hour (3.5 km) to reach the Mc Laughlan Road entrance from the Kwinana Train Station.
When I first heard about "The Spectacles" I thought they were named as such because the wetlands are spectacular. But no, they are named The Spectacles because from an aerial point of view they look like a pair of spectacles, or eyeglasses. The Spectacles Wetlands are made up of two lakes (where the eyeglass lenses would be) which are joined by a waterway (the nose bridge of the eyeglasses). The likeness is obvious when you see it on a map. Let's see if The Spectacles are spectacular though.
Within the Spectacles Wetlands are two walks, the Aboriginal Heritage Walk Trail which circles the larger northern lake, and the Banksia Walk Trail which loops into the bush land on the south-west of the wetlands. Think I will give the Aboriginal Heritage Walk Trail a go first then try the Banksia walk trail on my way out.