Herdsman Lake, Perth

4.3
#15 of 26 in Parks in Perth
Herdsman Lake, also known as Herdsmans Lake, is a freshwater lake located on the Swan Coastal Plain, north-west of, Western Australia, in the suburb of Herdsman.
The lake is encompassed by Herdsman Lake Regional Park. It measures in length, and in width, totaling over. The perimeter of lake is dredged to provide permanent open water, 15% of the area, during the dry summer months. The lake is a wildlife sanctuary, with birdwatching a popular activity.
Almost 80% of the lake is covered with Typha rush, an introduced weed. In summer, most of the lake is dry. 15% of the lake is permanent deep water. In the 1830s, the lake was a possible water supply for Perth. In 1936, the lake was almost used as an alternative airport. Herdsman Lake was declared a regional park in 1999.
The Herdsman Main Drain is a 4km x 1000mm underground pipe drain carrying excess water from the lake to its outflow at City Beach.
Attractions within the park include the Olive Seymour Boardwalk, Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre and Settler's Cottage. It also contains a statue created by Pietro Porcelli, which formerly sat atop the now demolished AMP Chambers building, which was rescued and placed on one of the islands. Walking, cycling, picnicking, bird watching and wildflower spotting are popular activities in the park. Disabled access is provided.
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  • Not the easiest of places to get to, but magnificent nonetheless. A huge nature reserve in the middle of Perth. Great for bird watching, and even has shelters set up to do so.  more »
  • Easy bus ride out from CBD.  Full walk is around 8km,  but a lot of this while adjacent to water also runs close to road. Suitable for a cooler day, as no water stops (or cafes!). A couple of bird hid...  more »
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  • A very quiet and natural park, full of birds. Good place to go for a walk, especially on the south and west sides of the lake.
  • awesome park! nice trails, great views of the lake and city, lots of birds and interesting plants. we didn't come across any bins or toilets during our ~1 hour walk, so be prepared!

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