Herdsman Lake, Perth

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#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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  • you can walk around the whole 7 kms just over an hour. So much wildlife to be seen in this stunning lake. CAUTION!! November to march is snake time Herdsman has a massive Tiger snake population you.....  more »
  • Perth Australia Am I In the city or at a nature reserve ?? 🤔🤔🤔 Just 30 minutes from Scarbs, I started this most unusual hike. I walked clockwise around the reserve ( my opinion was the best way to....  more »
  • Riding around the lake you do have to ride next to the road at some point but this is worth the effort. Most of the riding path is wide enough to ride safely and enjoy being near to wildlife and away....  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!
  • I was picked up at 8.00am by my son's friend called John and taken to a place called Herdsman Lake. Two hours of amazing bird spotting in a beautiful setting, what a way to start a day. Thank you Australia it is a lovely memory of a great time in Perth.
  • Decent walk. Some of the path is flooded during winter and part of the walk is along a busy road.
  • Great walking space

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