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Edith Cowan University Biodiversity Walk

Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional custodians of this land on which we are meeting, the Noongar elders and... more »

Tips:  Located 25km from the Perth CBD, the Joondalup Campus is situated in the Joondalup Learning Precinct. It is close to both the Mitchell... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start

Welcome, to the Edith Cowan University Walk Trail. This trail has been designed to provide information to visitors on the campus about the biodiversity and sustainable initiatives of Edith Cowan University.

Along the way, there will be information about the variety of flora and fauna, and information about the campus architecture and facilities.

2. Green Building 1

Jarrah struts create the curving form that fans out from the ground, producing an organic structure, framing a new ceremonial open space and reaching up towards the sky.

The Jarrah screen provides shelter, shade and structural support to the assembly of work areas, courtyards, a café and gallery spaces.

The sustainable architecture concentrates... More

3. Path of Honour

The Path of Honour is inscribed with the names and contributions of extraordinary individuals, groups or organisations from all walks of life. Honourees are recognised at a ceremony to officially unveil the new tile, with friends and family also invited to share this special occasion. All funds received through the Path of Honour program go to the... More

4. Plant Species Area 1

The plant species in this area include:
- Eucalyptus
- Xanthorrhoea preissii (Grass Trees)
This species had a high economic importance to the Noongar people, who named it Balga; using the gum it contains as a glue, the spike for fish spears, and the Bardi grub as a source of food.
- Grevillea
- Callistemon (Bottlebrush)
- Scaevola (Fanflower)
-... More

5. Campus Lake

In the face of Western Australia's drying climate, ECU is doing its part to reduce its use of our precious groundwater and reuse water on site.

Facilities and Services received a Commonwealth grant to pump water from the Joondalup campus’ cooling towers into the artificial lake. The lake water is used for watering the University grounds and much... More

6. Plant Species Area 2

In this area you will find many plant species remnant of the original ecosystem.

Getting off the main path not only allows you to get a more intimate view of the lake and plants, but it also brings you closer to the animal life that live in and around the campus.

Plant species list
- Paperbark
- Eucalyptus
- Red Eyed Wattle (Acacia cyclops)
... More

7. Lotus

Lotus by Nigel Helyer

A floating sound sculpture in the lake on our Joondalup campus. This was installed in December 2006.

Lotus contains ten Haiku; one line of each poem being stored in each upright audio unit. Each unit operates with an individual solar timer and charger. The lines are recited at random moments, delivering an ever-changing... More

8. Oneness

Oneness by Ron Gomboc

First shown at the prestigious Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi 2003 and installed in our Sculpture Park in 2005.
Meaning of this artwork - 'being one whilst retaining individuality in unity'. Materials - stainless steel and copper. This work was not commissioned - instead, it was purchased from the artist.

9. Seed Pods

Anne Neil and Steve Tepper's five elegant Seed Pod forms in patinated steel, each with its own one word poem, have already become a much-loved addition to the ambience of the Joondalup Campus since the official opening in April 2002. Positioned within the pines leading down to the lake, they are commanding but integrated. The words on each seed... More

10. Marble Bun

Marble Bun by Rodney Glick

Abstract marble sculpture commissioned in 2003 and installed in 2004.
This marble sculpture was based on the machine-made copy of an original, hand-carved block of polyurethane foam. A doppelganger of the absent, hand-carved template, it features an ironic and poetic contrast between the classical and high-art... More

11. Blue Sculpture

12. Scented Garden

Located next to the Health and Wellness Building, you will find many plants that have been used to promote both health and wellbeing.

13. Wall Tubular Sculpture

14. Joondalup Pines Outdoor Cinema

The Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema, located at the ECU Joondalup Campus, offers a great opportunity to view acclaimed international films in a unique setting during the Perth International Arts Festival, which is held annually over summer.

15. Edith Cowans House

Edith Dircksey Cowan was born in 1861 at Glengarry, near Geraldton.

Edith, her husband James and their family, resided at 71 Malcolm Street from 1919 for approximately 20 years. It was an unpretentious, traditional home with very few modern appliances, despite Edith Cowan's advocacy for women's liberation. Edith Cowan University purchased the... More

16. Plant Species Area 3

The garden outside Edith Cowan's house is typical of gardens of the period in which she lived. Mixing formal hedging with blocks of colour, using plants like Snap Dragons, Daisies and roses, give an ordered but wild feel to the garden.
This area is dominated by the pinus piniaster, or Maritime pine. The Carnaby’s Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus... More

17. Green Building 2 Library

18. Green Building 3 Library

Library building (opened in June 2008)

The striking $35 million complex was designed by JCY Architects and Urban Designers to symbolise the University's commitment to innovation, and its vibrant and contemporary approach to education.

The Library and ICT Building has already won a number of awards, including the Royal Australian Institute of... More