Two Peoples Bay (long)

Subject: Two Peoples Bay (long)
From: (Shane Raidal)
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 1997 10:10:57 +0800
Last week I had a quick trip to Two Peoples Bay and east of Albany using 
Frank OConnor's notes.  I was hoping to see the Western Bristlebird and 
Noisy Scrubbird but also wanted to escape the heat of Perth. Alas, the main 
Two Peoples Bay reserve was closed due to extreme fire danger so we tried 
Normans Inlet, ManyPeaks and Hopetoun.  

Normans Inlet and the eastern edge of Two peoples Bay is reached by taking 
the Homestead road off Highway 1 (about 5 km west of the Manypeaks service 
station).  The turn off  is about 50 km from Albany.  There are pit toilets 
at both sites but very limited camping and no fresh water.   Norms Inlet is 
the best spot to camp.  

At Normans Inlet :

Common sandpiper, Pacific gull, kelp gull, sooty oystercatcher, caspian and 
crested tern, eastern reef egret, white faced heron, wedgetail and sea eagle 
(an interesting site for the one afternoon), musk duck, hoary-headed grebe, 
red-capped parrot, black cockatoo, ?? elegant/rock parrots (flying high 
overhead), shy heath wren, yellow rumped thornbill, red-winged and splendid 
fairy wrens, silverye and New Holland honeyeaters.

Next spot:

About 20 km further to the east is Many Peaks which is within the 
Waychinnicup Nature reserve.  The turn-off is located about 5 km before the 
end of the Cheyne Beach Road.  The road in to the inlet is a bit rough and 
sandy in places but navigable by 2wd.  There is limited camping, pit toilets 
and no water.  The Waychinicup creek was flowing but the water was rich in 
tannins..  From the camping ground you can follow a rough track up stream to 
a sheltered area which was rich in bird life but I did not hear or see NS or 

At Many Peaks:

Golden whistler, grey fantail, RW fairywrens, shy heath wren, fan-tailed 
cuckoo, white-crowned babbler, little wattlebird, whitebreasted robin, 
purple-crowned lorikeets, welcome swallow, fairy martin and the ubiquitous 
New Holland honyeaters.

We also made a dash for Bremer Bay, Fitzgerald river National Park and 
Hopetoun.  Bremer Bay was crowded with people....  Hoetoun was much quieter 
and there was good camping at the eastern edge of the FR National Park at 
4-mile beach.  This would be a good spot as a base camp for day-trips into 
the NP and also for waders since there is a large area of accessible 
sand-flats near the 4-mile beach inlet.  

Frank - have you thought more about making web pages on such spots??  

Dr Shane Raidal BVSc PhD MACVSc (Avian Health)
Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology
School of Veterinary Studies                
Murdoch University                 phone:  +61 9 360 2418
Perth,WA, 6150                            fax:  +61 9 310 4144  

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