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.Prior to 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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  • August 11, 2017
    This Kangaroo, although not of those only really but really love to accompany their worth all day squatting on the grass was very open mind compared to swamps where you'll see them
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  • July 30, 2017
    An oasis in a City and a lovely diversion off the Swan River walk. Heritage as well and an indigenous history.  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Easy walk from hotels, or buses at each end of bridge over Swan River. Birds, kangaroos and a few monuments on the island. Good views of Perth City from the island. Kangaroos are sleeping during the d...  more »

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