Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Monsieur recently bought a small print of the six Nyoongar seasons. It is an excellent way to understand the weather patterns in the south western part of WA.

The Six Nyoongar Seasons

April and May represent Djeran season, Djeran is marked by cooler nights, dewy mornings and when leaves fall to the ground. Ngari (salmon) are prolific”

It is a beautiful time of year, which signals the end of the intense heat of the summer months. The welcome change, however, is also a harbinger of cooler and wetter weather to come. There is a chill in the air in the evenings and overnight, a flurry of bird life starting to build their winter nests yet it is still pleasantly warm during the days.

One of our favourite walking spots is Star Swamp, an area of preserved and protected bushland just down the road from our home near the coast. We tend to avoid it during summer when it is simply too hot. We are also not keen on encountering any local snakes who might be sunning themselves but by early autumn the conditions are perfect. There is an overall loop (the Heritage Trail) that extends right round the reserve but in between there are a variety of smaller trails with delightful names such as the Fairy Wren Trail, the Paperbark Trail and the Jarrah Trail.

As their names suggest, many of the trails take you through tree-lined pathways. We saw a large number of the pretty little fairy wrens the other day darting between the trees and bushes. Although also a Quenda habitat area, we have yet to spot any of the little marsupials though our friends spied one on a walk a while ago.

Over Easter the banksias were in full bloom with their distinctive spiked orange flowers (they do vary in colour depending on the type).

Another interesting feature is the wealth of historical information provided along the trails. You learn a lot about the local history, how the local aboriginal groups lived with their innate knowledge of the land plus the early history of European settlement in the area.

At the Hope Street entrance to Star Swamp you can also find one of the oldest olive trees in Perth. Apparently it dates back about 160 years and is still producing a large crop of luscious-looking black olives!

Sadly, as you may be able to see from some of the photos, there is an ever-present threat of bushfires (alas often deliberately started) and one part of the Heritage Trail is fenced off to allow the bushland to recover from a recent fire a few weeks back.

The bush is however remarkably resilient and soon new shoots will start to appear. We feel incredibly lucky to have access to this beautiful natural bush reserve so close to our home in the midst of the Perth urban sprawl.

Banksias – Star Swamp Reserve

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10 thoughts on “Djeran Season – Star Swamp Walk and Banksias

  1. Gilda Baxter says:

    I love the changing of the seasons, I guess it is the start of Autumn for you there? That usually brings so many beautiful colors. Such a shame about the threat of bushfires, but I guess they are less likely during the Autumn and Winter months? Beautiful trail and photos.

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    1. Yes Gilda the changing seasons are lovely. We are coming into Autumn now which is always my favourite season – the colours are so beautiful and the weather pleasantly warm though cooler and wetter today. Yes bushfires are not a threat now we are in the autumn and we are just starting to get the wintry storms coming in. The trail is lovely and we have been going there a lot recently – it’s also quite quiet which is good for Winston Le Schnoodle! Hope all’s well with you 🙂

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  2. Heyjude says:

    Looks like a lovely place for a walk. Beautiful blue sky too.

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    1. It’s one of our favourite places Jude – the weather has been glorious recently though we’ve got rain this week!

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  3. restlessjo says:

    The banksia are rather strange, aren’t they? I always love shadows cast by trees.

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    1. They are certainly unique Jo! It’s a very pretty trail and always pleasant to have the shade of the trees. It’s much cooler today though!

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  4. runawaywidow says:

    What a beautiful trail to walk on. I’m inspired to find a trail near me in Florida today. It will be hot though!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and signing up for updates – much appreciated! Sorry am late to my replys at present but am catching up now. I’m guessing it is rather hot and humid in Florida. Here in south west WA, we get the heat of course in the summer months but it is usually not too humid (though does vary). April and May are beautiful times of the year here – so refreshing to have cooler weather after the intense summer heat but still pleasant. We’ve got the heaters going in the evenings though now!

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  5. Lovely walks and an interesting region. I haven`’t been very present on WordPress so will have some catch-up to do in the coming weeks. We are back from a 3-weeks trip to Guadeloupe and have started posting our pictures… (Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks so much Suzanne! I have been away from the blog a fair bit too so also have catching up to do. We haven’t done any trips for a while so I am just posting local stuff. Guadeloupe sounds very interesting – I’ll enjoy looking at your photos in due course!

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