The Bushland

According to Professor Kingsley Dixon AOJirdarup is the most pristine and highest quality Banksia woodland remaining in inner Perth. Town of Victoria Park Mayor, Karen Vernon, describes it as the jewel in the Town of Victoria Park’s crown.

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct comprises three previously distinct but contiguous areas in East Victoria Park:

  • Kensington Bushland Reserve: 10.87 ha including the 9.1 ha Bush Forever Site no. 048
  • George Street Reserve: 2.7 ha undergoing revegetation since 2010
  • Kent Street Sandpit: 4.33 ha restoration project in the planning phase.

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Jirdarup Bushland Precinct is managed by the Town of Victoria Park for conservation, passive recreation and education. The Bushland is a rare slice of remnant banksia-jarrah woodland and home to a wealth of native flora and fauna and was formally designated by the Town in August 2015 as a single bushland precinct. More than 60 species of birds have been sighted there, as well as 16 species of reptiles and over 200 plant species. Jirdarup means ‘Place of Birds’ in the Noongar language.  Data bases such as the Atlas of Living Australia provide detailed lists of sightings.

If you are bringing children to visit the bushland, there are many resources that will enhance their visit.

The Bushland and some of its wildlife are protected under both State and Commonwealth legislation.

  • Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain were classified as a Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) under the Australian Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in 2016.
  • As a Bush Forever site, Kensington Bushland Reserve is covered by the State Environmental Protection Act 1986 Section 51C which makes it an offence to clear native vegetation without a special permit.
  • Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos are listed as Endangered under the EPBC Act and the State Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act), and Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are listed as Vulnerable. Both species use Jirdarup and the surrounding area for foraging during the summer months.

It lies southwest of Berwick Street in East Victoria Park and southeast of George Street in South Perth. Entry points are from Etwell Street, George Street, Baron-Hay Court and Harold Rossiter Park. There is free parking, wide pathways, and dog walking on leads is permitted. Disabled access is via Baron-Hay Court entrance. You can take photos from the public access areas in Jirdarup Bushland, but please don’t jump the fences.

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