Warwick Bushland is 60 hectares of original native vegetation in the suburb of Warwick and occupies the far south-east corner of the City of Joondalup. It is bounded by Erindale, Beach, Warwick and Wanneroo Roads and is only 15 minutes from central Perth.
Warwick Bushland comprises both the Warwick Conservation Reserve managed by the City of Joondalup and the Warwick Senior High School Bushland managed by the Department of Education. The Warwick Conservation Reserve occurs within Warwick Open Space and has had several names over the years such as “Warwick Open Space Conservation Area” or “Warwick Conservation Area”.
Warwick Bushland is jarrah-banksia woodland with scattered tall tuart trees. Most of the bushland is still in very good condition. There are more than 200 species of wildflowers, hundreds of larger fungi, at least 16 reptile and frog species and over 60 native bird species. Recently bandicoot diggings were discovered and grey kangaroos are occasionally seen.
Warwick Conservation Reserve is protected by the state government’s Bush Forever conservation plan as an important example of its type. This bushland was once widespread on the Spearwood dunes of the Swan Coastal Plain upon which Perth is built. In 2014 it also became protected by the Commonwealth government as a Threatened Ecological Community. The site is registered as “Land for Wildlife” with the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions.
Warwick Bushland is not only significant to our First Australians and the more recently arrived peoples of Perth, it is internationally significant as a conservation area in the unique landscape of south-west Western Australia. “Southwest Australia” is recognised as one of the 36 most remarkable places on Earth, a Biodiversity Hotspot. These Hotspots are the richest and most threatened reservoirs of life on Earth with numerous unique species and habitats.