Matilda Bay Reserve, Crawley

4.8
Matilda Bay is a natural bay in the Swan River in Western Australia, adjacent to the Perth suburb of Crawley. It extends from Pelican Point to Mounts Bay Road below Kings Park.The University of Western Australia is immediately opposite. Other landmarks on Matilda Bay include Matilda Bay Restaurant, Pelican Point Sea Scouts, Royal Perth Yacht Club and Mounts Bay Yacht Club.A well-known bronze sculpture that is located at the site of the former Crawley Baths – Eliza is displayed just offshore from Mounts Bay Road and depicts a woman preparing to dive.Matilda Bay Reserve is a recreational parkland between Hackett Drive and the river. It includes Pelican Point which is an important breeding sanctuary for migratory birds.Matilda Bay is believed to have been named after the wife of John Septimus Roe, Matilda .HistoryCaptain Currie was the first colonial owner of the 32acre estate surrounding the bay, and during this time it was known as Eliza Bay. Pelican Point was then known as Point Currie. The estate was sold in 1832 to the Assistant Surveyor and Colonial Treasurer, Henry Sutherland for ₤100. Sutherland changed the property name to Crawley Park in memory of his mother's maiden name and the bay hence became Crawley Bay. The estate was acquired by the Government in 1910 and vested in the University of Western Australia in 1922.
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  • I have memories of this place as a kid. Coming down to the river to play while my Dad windsurfed. Now I have my own kids it’s great to see not too much has changed. Matilda Bay is still the protected ...  more »
  • So close to home and a little gem. The parklands are clean. The river is beautiful. There are lots of shady trees to sit under. BBQs and bins (although I didn’t see any recycling bins anywhere to use)...  more »

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