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Wonnerup Wetlands


City of Busselton

Place Number

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Layman Rd Reserve, Vasse & Wonnerup Estuaries Busselton

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Site of Ballarat Bridge, Vasse Floodgates &
Wonnerup Floodgates (demolished 2004)

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 20 Jun 1996 Category 5

Category 5

Category 5 places are places of historic and social value with few or no built features in the ownership of private owners or state agencies. Actions required are few and may, according to circumstance, be limited to recognition by way of interpretation or signage.

Statement of Significance

The Wonnerup Wetlands have cultural heritage significance for their scientific as a teaching site to provide an understanding of the diversity of flora and fauna that inhabit it.

Physical Description

Managed wetlands with some cultural features.


Ballarat Bridge (1871, ca.1896), Vasse Floodgates (c.1907,1929, 1942, 1991) & Wonnerup Floodgates (c.1907,1929, 1942, 1991), were timber and metal structures erected in the Vasse and Wonnerup Estuaries. Ballarat Bridge was the first railway bridge constructed to carry a steam locomotive in Western Australia. Vasse Floodgates & Wonnerup Floodgates remained in continuous operation since their installation in 1907/8 until 2004. (Heritage Council WA)Description Notes: The Wonnerup Wetlands form an extension to the Wonnerup estuary. They act as a sanctuary for endemic species of flora and fauna.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Place 16727 HCWA; "Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places"

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
6255 Busselton wetlands conservation strategy : final. Report 2005

Place Type



Epoch General Specific
Original Use OTHER Other
Present Use OTHER Other

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

19 Feb 1997

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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