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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  • Close to the city & surrounded by the Swan River but apparently because I is an aboriginal site little has been done to enhance this largely engineered (for the causeway) island. Some fenced in grey k...  more »
  • We saw 4 kangaroos there sitting on the shade. It's very baron land around the water so need lots of fun cream as very hot!!  more »
  • I took my Polish friend to see some kangaroos, but unfortunately they are all gone. So, if you are tracking down roo's try somewhere else  more »
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  • Best hidden secret in town . A small peace of paradise for quick gateway. If you are lucky enough you will meet unleash kangaroos. Don't expect to find hérisson 😊.
  • One of Perth's best kept secrets. Heirisson Island is a small Island in the Swan River, on the eastern edge of Perth's CBD. Originally a series of small islands the traditional Indigenous landowners called it "Matagarup" or (leg-deep). After years of dredging it's been transformed into a small nature reserve which is now home to Kangaroos. On a recent cycle around the city we stopped at Heirisson Island and captured some amazing photos of the city and kangaroos. The Island is difficult to get to by car, but walking or cycling from either shore is easy. Also consider bringing water if you decide to walk or cycle. We were impressed that there was no rubbish what so ever.
  • Amazing views but sadly a target for car break ins. Be careful and leave nothing exposed in your car.
  • Nature near the city. There were supposed to be BBQs on the island but doesn't seem that there are. Ended up going over to the parkland at Burs wood.
  • Heirisson Island is the small island connected to the causeway between Perth City and Victoria Park/Burswood area. You can park in Burswood park by the Crown casino to walk to the island. There are two halves, the Southern end is gated and has the free roaming Kangaroos while the Northern end has the car park (only accessible going away from the city) as well as the toilets and an open park for picnics and BBQs. I was quite lucky when I went. There were people who had already spotted the kangaroos relaxing under the trees so it wasn't difficult to find them. After strolling around the southern end, I went through the underpass on the Perth city side to the northern side. As I was walking around the northern end I spotted dolphins swimming in the river. It was quite a nice walk around the island. Other people were on bikes and others were fishing along the edge of the river. Quite a nice place for an afternoon stroll.
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