Preston Beach is a seaside hamlet in Western Australia, about 126km from Perth City. That's roughly a 1.5 hour drive by car. Preston Beach has been renowned since early 1950's as a great place for fishing. Next to the beach is a children's playground, with a lawn area and shady trees, free electric barbecues and an ablution block (i.e. toilets) with facilities for the disabled too. The wetlands at Preston Beach in Western Australia are part of the Yalgorup Wetlands, which is unique in the world and is a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance visited by over 20,000 migratory and endemic birds each year.
It contains the largest living thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere, and the largest natural stand of Tuart trees (E. gomphocephala) in the world.
Preston Beach is known for the town's abundance of Western Grey Kangaroo. Other marsupials that can be found in the area are the Common Brushtail Possum and Bandicoot.
Explorers Dr Alexander Collie and Lieutenant William Preston RN first came across what are now Lakes Preston and Clifton while exploring the coastline between Mandurah and Bunbury in 1829. After the introduction of convicts to the Swan River Colony in the 1850s, the "Old Coast Road" south of Mandurah was rebuilt. For most of its length, the road went through well-timbered, sandy limestone country of little value to agriculture.
The "Preston Beach Estate" was privately developed in 1959, and together with the "Lakeside Estate", was incorporated as the locality Yalgorup by the request of the local government - the name meaning "place of waters or lakes" in the Noongar Aboriginal language. The townsite was gazetted in 1975. However, in 1989, the name was changed to Preston Beach on request from the Shire of Waroona, as this was the local name for the town. #PrestonBeach #Ramsar #beach #lakes #nature #JustAnotherDayInWA #WesternAustralia #WA #VisitPeel #Yalgorup #PeelRegion #Mandurah #Bunbury #Perth #Australia