Herdsman Lake Regional Park
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We recognise and acknowledge Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of Herdsman Lake Regional Park.
Overview of Herdsman Lake Regional Park
Welcome to Herdsman Lake Regional Park (Noogenboro) – a scenic nature escape just 15 minutes from the Perth CBD!
Herdsman Lake Regional Park is the perfect place to walk, ride and relax amid the hustle and bustle of the city. And, the lush, green landscape makes for an enjoyable visit all year round!
There are plenty of paths and trails to explore – some are hidden in pockets of paperbark forest, while others stretch all the way around the lake.
While you adventure around the park, keep an eye out for the spectacular assortment of birds – there are over 100 species here! Visit at the right time of year and you’re likely to spot a long-necked turtle looking for somewhere to lay its eggs – see our Biodiversity section for more information!
If you’d prefer to take it slow, set up a picnic at one of many spots beside the water or under the shady trees, and simply enjoy Herdsman’s tranquility. Pay a visit to the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm ($5 entry fee) to grab a coffee, see some native animal exhibits and find out what activities they’re running (nature walks, animal feeding and keeper talks, just to name a few).
Entry to this park is free, and dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.
Tiger snakes are regularly spotted at Herdsman Lake Regional Park. Read our Safety section for more information, or check out the Parks and Wildlife Guide to Dealing with Snakes.
Download the Every Kid in a Park app to use the interpretive map featuring photographs and additional information about each point.
Points of Interest
Key amenities and points of interest include:
- Floreat Lakes Foreshore
- Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre
- Herdsman Loop and Olive Seymour Boardwalk Trail
- Jon Sanders Drive
- Moondine Drive
- Popeye Lake
Nature Play WA is currently creating fun and interactive resources for Herdsman Lake Regional Park. Throughout February, we will be releasing these resources to assist families in planning their visit to the park.
This resource is all about our five favourite things to do at Herdsman Lake Regional Park. It’s available to download as PDF or Accessible Word version, to help you plan your visit. Download PDF version Download Accessible Word version
Every Kid in a Park Resources
Discover fun activities to do at any park!
Become a master of scents by searching for and combining the best smells of nature. Can you create the perfect perfume? This document is available to download as a PDF or Accessible Word version, to help you plan your visit. Download PDF version Download Accessible Word version
Sounds are only for our ears……. or are they? Find a quiet spot to sit and listen. What can you hear? Use this activity sheet to record and describe the sounds. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Use this activity sheet to go on an adventure and explore textures around the park! Touch leaves, bark and even the ground, and describe the features. This document is available as a PDF and an Accessible Word version, to help you plan your visit. Download PDF Download Accessible Word version
With the help of this activity sheet, you’re going to attempt to overcome a fear. That means it’s time to put on a brave face! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Explore the world through your feet with the help of this activity sheet. On your next outdoor adventure, take off your shoes and play barefoot for a new sensory experience! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
For some people, finding a special quiet place helps them connect to nature. Use this activity sheet to find a place in nature of your own. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Plants grow in all shapes and sizes; just like people! Use this activity sheet to explore the natural environment, or have someone describe it to you. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Find a good place to sit or lay down and watch the clouds in the sky. Take notice of their colours, textures and shapes, or have someone describe these to you. Use this activity sheet to create a story in the sky! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
Being aware of your surroundings is a wonderful skill. In this activity, you will be using your senses to test your awareness of the natural environment! This document is available to download here. Download your copy
There are so many colours in the natural world. In this activity, you’ll head outdoors with a trusted person as you explore the rainbow of colours and count the shades of nature together. This document is available to download here. Download your copy
The magnificent birdlife is one of the main attractions at Herdsman Lake Regional Park. Over 100 species have been spotted here, including migratory birds, bush birds, and waterbirds.
Waterbirds like banded stilts, little black cormorants and purple swamphens are often seen around the wetlands. You’re also likely to see great crested grebes, black swans and grey teal ducks paddling across the lakes.
Some birds travel huge distances to land here at Herdsman Lake Regional Park! The sharp-tailed sandpiper, common greenbank and wood sandpiper come from far corners of the globe to enjoy the warm spring and summer weather.
The singing honeyeater, chestnut-breasted mannikin, little grassbird, welcome swallow and weebill are just some of the bush birds that flit about the trees.
Long-necked turtles are commonly sighted here, especially from September to January, when they’re out and about making nests and laying eggs. But, don’t be fooled by their cute appearance and calm demeanour – they sit at the top of the food chain at Herdsman Lake. They’ll eat anything from insects and fish, to frogs and small birds!
If you happen to spot a turtle, please refrain from handling or disturbing them as it perfectly normal to see them moving around wetlands during nesting season.
We suggest taking time before your visit to read through this safety information.
Herdsman Lake Regional Park is a great place for walking. Before you head out in nature, visit the Explore Parks WA website for tips on bushwalking safety.
Herdsman Lake Regional Park has a high population of tiger snakes. In spring and summer, reptiles emerge to bask in the sun. During this time you should take precautions to minimise the chance of encountering snakes:
- Take care in bushland and grassy areas.
- Walk in cleared areas only, where you can see the ground, and keep to established tracks.
- When bushwalking, wear long trousers and boots or other enclosed footwear that preferably cover the ankles.
- Keep a watchful eye on the ground about a metre ahead of where you are walking, and avoid entering areas of long grass, rushes and undergrowth.
- Check out the Parks and Wildlife Guide to Dealing with Snakes.
Herdsman Lake Regional Park is a rare haven for wildlife in the centre of Perth. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect it:
- Ensure you leave no food or rubbish behind (use the bins provided or take it with you).
- Only walk on designated paths and trails.
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Do not disturb or displace plants and animals.
For more information, visit the Explore Parks WA website.
You may see a long-necked turtle wandering around the park. Please refrain from handling or disturbing them as it perfectly normal to see them moving around wetlands during nesting season.
Learn more about turtles and their behaviour at Herdsman Lake on the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre Website.
Visit Explore Parks WA website for more information about Herdsman Lake Regional Park.
Nature Play WA would like to thank the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for providing valuable information about Herdsman Lake Regional Park.