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.Use our Perth online driving holiday planner to add Herdsman Lake and other attractions to your Perth vacation plans.
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.
Herdsman Lake reviews
Wonderful walk, with lots of variety. The walk takes at least an hour, but would allow 2-3 hrs to include stops along the way, to take in the beautiful scenery & wildlife. Lots of places to park..... more »
The walk around the lake is very pleasant. I enjoyed the parts which were far away from the road. Some of the way the pathway is too close to quite a large road. There are so many birds around. The... more »
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!
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