Herdsman Lake Loop

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

45 min to 1 h 15 min

8.4 km

↑ 53 m
↓ -53 m

Easy track
Starting from the Popeye Lake Car park off Jon Sanders Drive, Osborne Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around the perimeter of Herdsman Lake. Perth's northern suburbs are filled with various wetland areas that make for great walks, and Herdsman Lake is one of the best. The trail showcases great flora and fauna as well as lovely views over the lake. On the eastern side of the lake, two bird hides are in place for you to quietly observe the birdlife close up. There are various facilities dotted around the lake, including picnic areas, playgrounds, and the iconic Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, which organises different wildlife activities. Take a quick detour near the Wildlife Centre and include the impressive Olive Seymour Boardwalk on your circuit, which will take you right into the heart of the swamp, through a thick grove of paperbark trees. The trail is a mixture of paved paths and limestone tracks and is suitable for walkers, cyclists, prams and wheelchairs. There are no toilet facilities or water filling stations around the lake, so be sure to bring drinking water. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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