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Fig Tree Lane, Busselton
Phone 9752 2766
Where the Murray River delta enters the
vastness of the Peel Inlet, lies Cooleenup Island.
Cooper’s Mill, near Windmill Point on the
extreme north-western end of the island, is
believed to be the first flour mill in the district,
and is the only one to remain in existence.
Dating back to 1843, it is a prominent landmark
and popular picnic area for families, with toilets
and facilities available.
The Mill marks one of the entrances to the
Murray River in the bushland landscape of the
delta. The water in the delta, river and estuary
is shallow, making it perfect for crabbing and
fishing. The island’s protected bushland is also
a haven for birds, some from as far as Siberia.
Access is by private boat or charter only,
the barge being available for property owners
alone. By boat, head south under the old
Mandurah Traffic Bridge, passing Ramsar-
listed wetlands. Just before leaving the
estuarine system, there are Channel, Creery
and Boundary islands, the latter having a jetty
which is a popular tie-up place for houseboats.
The estuary runs into the massive Peel Harvey
Inlet which is approximately three times bigger
than Sydney Harbour. The Harvey, Serpentine
and Murray rivers all feed into the inlet. Head
for Big Red, the most prominent navigation
marker in the inlet, then head east, starboard
side, to the Murray River.
Cooper’s Mill is a popular picnic area
(Photography Bouvard Cruises).
Coordinates: 32°34’34”S 115°45’55”E
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