About this place
To Whadjuk Nyoongars, this area is known as Kwoppa kepa, which translates to beautiful water. Situated in a tidal gorge and heavily influenced by ocean water inflow, Bicton Baths is a haven for biodiversity. A variety of marine creatures make their home here, taking advantage of the mixture of limestone and sandy features.
Bicton Baths is a significant place for community enjoyment and connections through sport, leisure activities and annual concerts. Bicton Baths was developed in 1926, initiated by the local Melville Amateur Swimming Club, which made good use of the existing quarantine station jetty as a swimming platform. The baths quickly became a very popular location for swimming lessons, races and water polo. Today Bicton Baths is home to the Melville Water Polo Club. The club was instrumental in facilitating the present-day Bicton Pool, built in 1979.
Look out for the information located next to the jetty to learn more about the history of Bicton Baths. More information is available from the City of Melville.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
The Health of the River
We used to go up and down the shallow water and chase schools of fish, and they were mainly the brown river mullet, and we had little boomerangs made for fishing. And we'd come across the school and we'd fire the boomerangs and get half a dozen fish, bag them up and when we had enough we'd go home. So, the river was the source of life and it gave us all the provisions we needed. If the river is healthy it would give us an abundance of food, from shellfish to crabs, prawns, fish of all kinds. And you just need to know when to go and when to get it, and what places all of the fish frequent. And you can lure the fish in, trap the fish, hunt the fish with a 3-prong spear you get what you want, and you know, there's enough for everybody. The health of the river is very important. Before the pathways our rivers were the roadways of our life, and we went up and down the river hunting, gathering, and it was food provides for all, and it all came from the river. And like people say 'bush tucker' and they dispute bush tucker, but the river provides more than enough. It all depends on the cycles, and the cycles came and went, so when you knew it was time to hunt we went out and looked for certain species and we were well rewarded.
Canoeing and kayaking
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Bicton Baths.
NGAALA KAADITJ WHADJUK MOORT KEYEN KAADAK NIDJA BOODJA.
We acknowledge Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the land and waters.