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Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay is one of the most spectacular areas of the Swan River, with its open water, beaches, steep vegetated slopes and cliffs. The area has significant conservation, landscape and heritage values, but is also subject to heavy pressure for residential, institutional and recreational use.

Public access around the foreshore is limited by the location of various developments, private properties and steep terrain. The natural values are being degraded by the loss of natural vegetation, weed invasion, littering and erosion.

Many State and Local Government authorities play a role in the management of the foreshores of Freshwater Bay, primarily the Town of Claremont and the Swan River Trust. A ‘Freshwater Bay Management Plan’ was drafted by the Swan River Trust and represents a cooperative effort between these two organisations to protect the natural environment of the Freshwater Bay area, provide for appropriate levels of public access to foreshore areas and conserve, enhance and promote the heritage values of the area.

A copy of the Plan is available for perusal at the Town of Claremont Library, in the Corporate Library section.


  • Small water craft access ramp (off Chester Road) – site of the old Claremont baths;
  • Jetty;
  • Lookout at east end of Osborne Parade;
  • BBQ facilities and toilets are available in Mrs Herbert's Park and a toilet facility is available at Jetty Road.

The Town of Claremont has a Foreshore Management Plan which was developed as a regional plan with members of WESROC (Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils) in 2016. This was done in response to outcomes of a WESROC Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Plan developed in June 2010.

Council has established a committee consisting of the Mayor, the three South Ward Councillors and three community representatives for the Foreshore Management Plan.

A Sand Management Plan was adopted by the Town of Claremont for the Claremont river foreshore in 2021. The management plan was developed with the assistance of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attraction and is aimed at achieving best practice foreshore management.

The plan outlines actions relating to ongoing foreshore monitoring, management of day-to-day change, and responses to events causing erosion or foreshore mobility, and is intended to address existing and potential impacts of foreshore erosion and inundation. It provides a long-term management framework, which may be applicable for 10 to 25 years, depending on foreshore development and conditions experienced, including sea level changes.

Management challenges along the Claremont foreshore occur because the estuarine beaches are narrow and low lying, with private properties close to the shore. Consequently, episodes of minor erosion or inundation can potentially impact public access and amenity.Management of the foreshore is further complicated by the Town of Claremont’s high water mark boundary, and potential for sediment transport along the shore to switch direction both seasonally and episodically.

The Foreshore Advisory Committee (the ‘Committee) is a formally appointed committee of Council and is responsible to that body.
It has been established to consider matters relating to Freshwater Bay Foreshore, and to make recommendations to Council regarding their findings to allow for an informed decision making process.

The Committee’s responsibility is:

  • To enhance the identity and character of the foreshore
  • To enhance the environment
  • To protect and encourage wildlife
  • To enhance the amenity for residents and visitors to the foreshore

To learn more about the Foreshore Advisory Committee, please see document below.

Foreshore Advisory Committee

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Birds of Freshwater Bay

The river and foreshore is a habitat that favours several birds not normally seen elsewhere in Claremont. In addition, the naturally-vegetated escarpment is important for bush birds. Australian Pelican, Eastern Osprey, and Australian Pied Oystercatcher are regularly seen, and Nankeen Night-Herons gather on the jetty, particularly in summer. Find out more about birds you can see at Freshwater Bay and throughout Claremont below.

Image shown courtesy of David Free.

Birds In Claremont

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Getting There

Address: Freshwater Bay, Claremont WA 6010

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