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Dog Swamp

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by Harry F (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
Published May 10th 2013
Return to the "Land of Make Believe"
Many people pass by Dog Swamp daily and not realise what an amazing history this little swamp has. It's situated behind Dog Swamp Shopping Centre, off Wanneroo Rd, Yokine.

Does anyone remember the "Land of Make Believe" that used to be on this site? All that is left is Old King Cole's castle which was the entrance of Make Believe Land. There used to be a sign over the main tower welcoming you.

Built by HL Brisbane and Wunderlich brick and roofing tile company in the late 1960's and relocated to Dog Swamp sometime in 1980's, it was here for over 25 years.

There used to be small buildings based on fairytales. There was the three little pigs houses and a stork carrying a baby. Also was the old woman and her shoehouse and even Cinderella's castle with resident guinea pigs.

Now only the castle remains and has fallen into disrepair through vandalism. The swamp has been modified and is now a waterbird refuge.

With grassland and a playground, it is still worth a short visit to take a break from our busy lifestyle.
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Why? To revisit Land of Make Believe in your imagination
When: Anytime
Where: Behind Dog Swamp Shopping Centre
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Dog Swamp looks like a great place to visit.
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|333) 1906 days ago
I used to take my children there on a regular basis when they were young ..30 years ago..it was one of their favorite places to visit...
by vstod (score: 0|2) 2014 days ago
I live nearby and had heard the rumour that there used to be the three little pigs houses there, brick, straw (and I can't remember the third one). However larrikins kept setting fire to the stray house so that put an end to that part of the display.
by cteag (score: 0|2) 1671 days ago
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