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Published August 21st 2017
Enjoy a peaceful nature walk around Thomsons Lake
Attention bird lovers and nature walkers! Want to have a peaceful evening stroll and to enjoy some time in nature - but not travel too far to get there? Thomson Lake Nature Reserve is part of the Bealiar Wetlands and is an important conservation reserve for migratory birds - attracting more than 10,000 birds during summer!
We went for a stroll around half the lake and it was a really relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The trail circles the lake, is basically flat and half is sealed while the rest is gravel.
It's almost totally without city noise, just a little bit of traffic, and I have never heard so much birdlife so close to Perth!
Tip - Bring binoculars!
We saw so many birds; kookaburras and ring-necked parrots were a couple I actually knew, plus black swans and ducklings on the lake, tiny little bright blue things (Splendid Fairy-wren?), and many more. We also spotted a shy quenda - the cousin to the quokka, and apparently, the Western Grey kangaroo can also be seen. Definitely a place to bring tourists and visiting friends!
While the path is a little bit back from the lake, there are little areas where you can duck in closer to the water and sit to listen to frogs croaking and watch the families of ducklings swimming past.
We saw very few people, but the couple we did see were biking, a soggy pair clomped by in waders - clearly experienced bird watchers - and some others were just out for a stroll like us.
How to get there:
Take the Kwinana Fwy south to Russell Road exit (the exit following the Armadale Road exit), then head west on Russell Road for 3km to reach an off-road unsealed parking area on the right at the entrance gate to the Thomsons Lake Nature Reserve.
What to bring:
Water. Binoculars and a bird book for identifying them!
Early summer mornings are the best time for keen birdwatchers, so start your weekend off with a leisurely wander through a quiet park and see how many species you can spot!