Corackerup Creek Crossing
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Like nearby Chingarrup Creek, Corackerup Creek is also deeply incised into the surrounding landscape. It forms a substantial sub-catchment of the Pallinup River which holds many smaller creeks, with some beginning near Jerramungup.

While the creek might look dry when you pause at the crossing, the main channel of this system contains many large and deep pools – over 100 across the whole creek system.

Because stream flow varies from low to nothing for most of the year, these pools along its length are the most important aquatic habitat, containing a multitude of invertebrates, birds and fish.

Story of the place

Floods and sand slugs

From the vantage point on the road it is difficult to see much of the creek, due to the large piles of sand deposited here. These are the residue of major erosion that has happened in the past few decades.

Like all the waterways in this region, the floodway is subject to large, unpredictable flood events, particularly during summer storms. If these happen in relatively bare farmlands, accelerated erosion occurs with soil washing into the creeks. Known as sand slugs they can be found in many of the creeks.

The sand can fill up the deep pools which are the permanent sources of water in this landscape and are important refuges for fish and invertebrates. Individual sand slugs eventually wash downstream, but creeks re-fill with sand when more big rains occur. Some rivers in more heavily cleared areas have virtually become ‘rivers of sand’, with few of the deep, permanent pools that wildlife need.

Aquatic ecologists, Steve and Geraldine Janicke, in investigations of Corackerup and Chingarrup creeks and pools, found that sediment filling the pools was the main factor impacting on the ecological health. With the adoption of improved farmland management and good landcare practices , such as fencing and revegetation along their creeks and streams, many farmers have stopped the slugs from leaving their properties in most seasons.

Add to this the larger scale ecological restoration of cleared land that is underway in the region and there are signs that the movement of soil and sand has slowed significantly. There is still considerable sand from past events still in the creeks though, and it is now working its way down to the estuaries at the bottom of the river systems. It has been estimated that one flood in January 1982 carried over 100,000 tonnes of sediment down the Pallinup and into its estuary.

It is still too early for the restoration efforts to have a major impact on the creeks but groups involved in Gondwana Link are monitoring the deep pools to see how the integrity of the waterways can be maintained and what plants and animals come back.

See & Do

Roadside stop

If traffic is light, it may be possible to pull off on the side of the road close to the creek crossing, to explore the creek on foot.

While the creek might look dry when you pause at the crossing, the main channel of this system contains many large and deep pools – over 100 across the whole creek system.

A pool upstream on Corackerup Creek
Image: Amanda Keesing

Giving back and getting involved

Gondwana Link plays a key coordination role in the ecological restoration work in the Fitz-Stirling area. 

Gondwana Link

Practical Information


This is a remote area and there are limited facilities available. There is a roadhouse at the Boxwood Hill intersection.

Where to eat and stay

See the suggestions from our friends at Great Southern Treasures:

See Visitor Information from the Shire of Jerramungup for accommodation, eating and camping options in Jerramungup and Bremer Bay.

Visitor Information

Jerramungup Community Resource Centre

8 / 10 Tobruk Rd, Jerramungup
Phone (08) 9835 1630



Bremer Bay Community Resource Centre

7 Mary St, Bremer Bay
Phone (08) 9837 4171