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Herdsman Lake Walk

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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 January 22nd 2014
A great walk with plenty of birdlife around
If you enjoy walking or birdwatching, Herdsman Lake is the ideal site for these activities.

Being Perth's largest inner city wetland, this regional park has a walking trail following the edge of the swamplands for a little over seven kilometres. The trail is a mixture of paved paths and limestone tracks. You can walk around the entire lake in just over two hours if you are keen.

Somebody dragged an old lounge to the top of a hill on the western side. If you able to climb the steep sandy slope up, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of most of the lake.

Along the way you would see a wide variety of birdlife due to the mixture of permanent water bodies and seasonal wetlands. The vegetation changes along your walk from sedges to paper barks trees, so there is constant variety along the way.

On the eastern side of the lake two bird hides are in place for you to quietly observe the birdlife close up.

If you don't feel like walking the entire circuit you can walk along two shorter sections, both starting from Popeye Lake on the north side. Heading west you can walk towards Settler cottage. Heading east you walk to the birdhides. Return trips for both walks are around three kilometres each.

At the southern end is the Olive Seymour boardwalk, where you walk amongst a thick grove of paperbark trees. A wildlife educational centre is at the start of this boardwalk.

Many joggers and cyclists use this lake for exercising. You can visit here all year round but be aware snakes may be around during the summer months.

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Why? To watch birdlife or relaxing walk
When: Anytime of the year
Where: Herdsman Lake
Cost: Free
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Keep your eyes peeled for baby turtles crossing the path - they're incredible to watch!
by Slang (score: 1|68) 2635 days ago
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