Heirisson Island, Perth

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Heirisson Island is an island in the Swan River in Western Australia at the eastern end of Perth Water, between the suburbs of East Perth and Victoria Park. It occupies an area of 285600m2, and is connected to the two foreshores by The Causeway. The next upstream island is Kuljak Island, then Ron Courtney Island, with no islands in the Swan River downstream between Heirisson Island and the Indian Ocean.Before development, there were several small islands, surrounded by mudflats. The Noongar name for the area is Matagarup (meaning "leg deep"), which has been retained for the single island after reclamation.Over the years, dredging and reclamation has created a single island, which is now a landscaped nature reserve, with a 2km walking path.In 1998, five female western grey kangaroos were introduced onto the island, followed by a female with a male joey in 2000.PlansIn 2008 a new master plan for Heirisson Island was adopted by the City of Perth. This plan integrates a proposed international quality sculpture park on the island and the construction of a footbridge over the northern channel of the Swan River. The footbridge will link Point Fraser to the island and provide a gateway to the proposed sculpture park. The sculpture park concept is being driven by a not for profit organisation Heirisson Island Sculpture Park Inc. with the support of the City of Perth.
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  • Heirison Island is in the Swan River, traversed by the Causeway. For years it was a wilderness, now it is quite pleasant. It is a refuge for wildlife. Watch out for Joe Blakes, rhyming slang for snake...  more »
  • We walked via the Causeway to Heirisson Island from the free (CAT) bus stop called WACA. If you want to see the kangaroos, it's best to go at about 5.30 p.m., so that you're walking around in the Kang...  more »
  • We went to the Heirisson Island to see the kangaroos. We searched them for a whole hour, but found nothing. Even though we went into the part of the park where the Kangaroos were supposed to be there,...  more »
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