No camping, no pets, no firearms
Area: 898 hectares
Purchased: in 2002 with the help of Bush Heritage supporters.
In the south-west corner of Western Australia, in the traditional lands of the Noongar people, between Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range National Parks.
Chereninup is in one of the world’s most biologically valuable ecoregions, and plays a key role in the Gondwana Link habitat restoration project.
The reserve protects flat-topped yate woodland, mallet and moort woodland, wallabies and freshwater systems. Chereninup also provides sanctuary for threatened species including the dwarf spider orchid, malleefowl and Carnaby’s black cockatoo.
When to go
Chereninup is open to the public for day visits. April to October is the best time to visit when temperatures are cooler. This includes the wildflower season, occurring anytime from August to October. Avoid summer months as it's hot and dry, with a high risk of wild fires.
There are no facilities on Chereninup.
Your safety is our concern but your responsibility. Please prepare thoroughly as the reserve is some distance from medical and emergency services.
In an emergency, call 000. Ensure you have adequate food, water, first aid supplies and appropriate communication equipment. (Note: the creek water on the reserve is salty.)
Check weather conditions and please don't travel to the property if weather conditions are unfavourable, as Chereninup is in a high fire risk area.
SPECIAL REQUEST: Help minimise the chance of introducing the root fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi, by ensuring footwear, clothing, vehicles and other gear is free from soil before entering the property. Once established, Phytophthora cinnamomi is impossible to eradicate and causes the death of many species.
Also, please consider whether you're confident at finding your way around the bush, as there are no marked walking tracks.
How to get there
Chereninup is about 470km (5 hours' drive) by road south-east of Perth and 155 km (2 hours' drive) north-east of Albany.
The reserve is to the west of Carney Road. Look out for the Chereninup Creek reserve sign, park your vehicle in the vicinity of the dam or shelter just inside the gate, and explore on foot from there. Refer to map following.
While on the reserve
Do not disturb or remove plants, animals, or historical and cultural items and areas. Before you leave, please check you’ve taken all your rubbish with you.
What to see
Chereninup Creek runs through the reserve, along with several pools within granite rock. If you walk quietly, you might be rewarded with a sighting of the Western Whipbird, Southern Scrub-robin, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Regent Parrot or Malleefowl.
Tammar and Brush Wallabies often graze in the revegetated area at the entrance to the property in the early morning and late afternoon.
Chereninup is the traditional land of the Noongar people, and hosts numerous artefact scatters, lizard traps, campsites, bushtucker and medicines. Noongar elders have requested that the locations of these important areas not be publicised to help protect them.
At Bush Heritage, we not only purchase ecologically important land, but also work continuously to restore fragile ecosystems. In 2003, as part of the Gondwana Link project, we took on what was the largest restoration project ever carried out in Australia, regenerating 60 hectares of previously cleared bushland with the eucalypts, melaleucas, wattles and she -oak that characterise the surrounding bush.
Just three years after planting began, honey possums, were already using the restored habitat, along with black-gloved and tammar wallabies.
Thank you to all our supporters, whose donations fund the day-to-day cost of managing this reserve. And to the many dedicated people involved in our work including volunteers, partners and contractors.
How you can help
Supporting Bush Heritage Australia is an excellent choice for those who love the bush and want to protect it for future generations. Help us preserve our remaining tracts of native vegetation and maintain crucial habitat for endangered species.
Donations to Bush Heritage are tax deductible and contribute towards the protection of our unique and natural heritage.