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Yange Kep Bidi, Perth Western Suburbs

Bush Walk

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Urban Walk, Cycle
inPerth & Surrounds

  • Full day
  • 21.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

The Yange Kep Bidi, (translation Wetland Trail) is a picturesque meander starting at Freshwater Bay on the Swan River foreshore.  This 21km bird lovers walking trail connects remnant bushland and significant wetlands including Perry Lakes, Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.

The unique Black Swans at Lake Monger
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Freshwater Bay 10km (20minutes) south of Perth CBD

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Lake Monger, Wembley which is 4km (5 minutes) west of Perth

The starting point of the Yange Kep Bidi, Freshwater Bay, is located on the Swan River in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Situated about 5 km upstream of the river mouth at Fremantle, much of the bay's foreshore consists of limestone cliffs.
The bay has significance to local indigenous people, both before and after the arrival of European settlement. Gazing from the Jetty into the clear water, varieties of fish are commonly seen. Enjoy wonderful views across to the City of Perth from the delightful beach area to the north.

Rich bird life abounds with over 85 species recorded here! Look out for the Pinked-eared duck, not usually seen in an urban setting. Lake Claremont lies in a depression of the Spearwood System of coastal sand dunes and is part of a complex system of wetlands that once covered the Swan Coastal Plain. The original vegetation was probably a central swamp zone of Paperbarks with Tuarts and Grass Trees surrounding small water holes. This significant Aboriginal heritage site once teemed with abundant plant and animal life. European settlement brought great change and left Lake Claremont in a highly degraded state with much of the lake’s biodiversity lost forever. Happily, restoration of Lake Claremont commenced in the 1980s and extensive restoration work has seen over 250,000 local seedlings planted since 2009.

Look around at the many native Paperbark Trees in the area. “Paperbark” is one of the common names used for some of the native Melaleuca species, due to the thin paper-like bark which can be pulled off the tree trunk resembling paper. There are about 200 species of Melaleuca, occurring naturally in all states. Western Australia has the most diverse collection of between 80 and 90 species. The generic name means "Black and White" presumably due to the appearance of the partly burnt bark on some of the tree species. These trees often grow near water and leaves are evergreen with flowers which are red, pink, yellow or greenish. Heights fluctuate between 2 and 30 metres.
Paperbarks were very useful for Aboriginal people who used the bark as bandages, cradles, sleeping mats and for wrapping food when cooking. The thin paper-like bark is waterproof and was also used as raincoats or as a ground sheet by the local Noongar people. Other Melaleucas were used as bush medicine, particularly the famous Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), which is still today used for its antibiotic essential oil.

Mount Claremont Oval Reserve forms part of a green corridor linking Lake Claremont to Perry Lakes and Bold Park. It includes a section of bushland with meandering pathways joining the lower and upper section. As the pathway is fairly steep, you may choose to walk around the perimeter of the oval, linking with the continuing Yange Kep Bidi on the Eastern fringe of the oval where public toilets are located. These are open 5am to 7pm daily.

Daran Park is maintained by the City of Nedlands. Enjoy a picnic under the shady trees next to the tranquil fountains.

HBF Stadium is surrounded with Marri trees, and various other gumtrees. This pristine athletics facility was built in 1986 with a focus on developing elite sports people in their pursuit of excellence. Its current name HBF Stadium was acquired in 2014. The facility is proudly owned and managed by VenuesWest as Australia’s premier provider of venues for high performance athlete support. Health and participation opportunities for individuals and families, provide stellar entertainment experiences for all.
The facility has a Café, making it both an interesting, and convenient rest point along the route for walkers. Enjoy browsing the bronzed statues of sporting greats as you enter the building, and after you pass the stadium, pause to read and reflect on the importance of the Aboriginal story cast in stone.

Perry Lakes Reserve covers an area of 80 hectares. This wetland is a drought refuge for a range of fauna including Turtle Frogs and Western Long-necked Turtles.
The tree lined parklands provide shade and habitat for many birds with in excess of twenty species of resident waterbirds. Look for the abundant Purple Swamphen near the marshy areas. Other birds easily spotted include the Black Swan, Ducks, Sacred Ibis, Little Pied Cormorant, Dusky Moorhen and Eurasian Coot.
The Tawny Frogmouth, closely resembling an owl, is a member of the nightjar family. This extraordinary bird is one of Perth's least-seen, with astounding camouflage that enables it to blend so effectively with its roosting tree that it is easily overlooked. A night hunter, the frogmouth is most active just after dusk and just before dawn, when it flits silently between low perches.
The lakes were once used by local Noongar people as fishing holes and hunting grounds and drovers continued to use the lakes as the last watering point before Robbs Jetty up until the 1930s. Aerial photographs prior to 1962 reveal that prior to degradation from stock watering and urban development, there were paperbarks, sedges and reeds. Today, very few aquatic species exist.

Bold Park covers 437 hectares, making it one of the largest remaining areas of natural bushland in the Perth metropolitan area. In 1998, management was transferred to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the park was declared an A-class reserve for its high conservation, landscape and recreation values.
A visit to the Park offers wonderful opportunities to enjoy over 15 km of walking trails. Visitors can immerse themselves in nature while observing the rich diversity of plant and wildlife, as well as enjoy amazing city and coastal views from one of the many walking trails and lookouts.
The Yange Kep Bidi meanders through the northern part of Bold Park with Tuart woodlands and stands of Eucalyptus petrensis. A detour to Reabold Hill offers a stroll along an elevated boardwalk taking in spectacular panoramic views capturing Perth City and surrounds.

Bold Park Aquatic provides the perfect rest stop along the trail. Nestled in a tranquil bushland setting it is the ideal place for swimming, leisure and fitness.
The aquatic centre offers a range of programs for all ages and abilities and a ramp access to the main pool and level entry into the leisure pool make it accessible for everyone.
Facilities include a 50m 10-lane outdoor pool, heated to 27 degrees; a semi-enclosed 20m 4-lane leisure pool with beach entry and teaching pod, heated to 30 degrees; lap and leisure lanes; a shaded grandstand; accessible and family change rooms; and an adventure playground.
Visitors are invited to enjoy a range of delicious hot and cold food, snacks, drinks and ice-creams at the café. It is open seven days a week and offers park side and pool side deck seating.
There are cold water provisions, a dog corral area, toilets and a first aid station available.

A short detour west will link you with this 36 hole golf course managed by the Town of Cambridge. It is open seven days a week, 364 days a year and is thought to be one of Australia's best public golf courses attracting record numbers from all over the globe. Wembley Golf Course is home to the Swing Driving Range, a state-of-the-art $12 million development that features 80, fully-automated bays spread over two storeys.
Gaze out over the pristine course and enjoy the views of the Perth City skyline while relaxing with a coffee at the Fairway Tavern which is open to the public, and easily accessible from the Yange Kep Bidi.
The golf course meanders through a large tract of bushland providing an interesting backdrop. Pictured here is a Balga (Grass Tree), which is important to the Noongar people who live where it grows with the flowering spike making a perfect fishing spear. This can also be soaked in water as the nectar from flowers makes a sweet tasting drink. In the bush, the flowers are used as a compass as flowers on the warmer, sunnier side of the spike (usually the north facing side) often open before the flowers on the cooler side facing away from the sun.

Herdsman Lake provides a haven for humans and wildlife alike offering the visitor a scenic and peaceful break from the surrounding suburbia. This Regional Park is part of a chain of wetlands that is popular with locals for exercise and recreation, as well as being an important breeding ground for waterbirds.
The first people to use this site were the local Noongar people, the Yellagonga, who used it as a food resource. They call the area ‘Ngurgenboro’. Since colonial settlement, Herdsman Lake had varied uses including market gardening, waste disposal, and soldier resettlement with the area at one time earmarked for a second airport.
The parks' diversity includes varied landscapes from expansive views over open waters, and dense wetland rushes, to fragments of remnant paperbark and flooded Gum woodlands as well as well-maintained open grass parklands. The lake contains an inner seasonally dry wetland dominated by Bulrush (Typha orientalis) and a moat consisting of four deep permanent water bodies, formed by dredging operations; Industrial Lake, Floreat Lakes, Floreat Waters and Powis Lake. Glendalough Open Space contains several smaller artificially created water bodies. Scenic views over the central water body and out towards the city can be enjoyed from most sections of the Lake’s edge.

Find out more about this beautiful wetland and visit the Wildlife Centre, located on the southern side of the lake. The centre provides a unique opportunity for visitors to reconnect and interact with nature and discover more about the wildlife that calls Herdsman Lake home. It has been designed to showcase a wilderness in action, offering a fascinating boardwalk to deepen the sense of belonging and enjoyment.

Before European settlement, the local Noongar people called Lake Monger Reserve, Lake Galup. This was an important camping and hunting ground where kangaroo, emu, snakes, turtle, mudfish, gilgies and waterbirds and their eggs, were all food resources. The area is of mythological significance to the Aboriginal people with the lake and a significant part of the reserve registered with the Department of Indigenous Affairs as an Aboriginal heritage site.
Towards the end of the 1800s, settlers began moving into the area, and the lake became known as either Large Lake or Triangle Lake. In 1931, the lake was named Monger's Lake, after the early settler and pioneer John Henry Monger. In April 1932 it was changed to its current name of Lake Monger and more recently to Lake Monger Reserve to recognise the surrounding parkland.

Lake Monger Reserve is located 3.6km north-west of Perth's CBD. With an area of 109 hectares, it is made up of a 38 hectare regionally significant recreation reserve and a 71 hectare conservation category wetland, and is an important habitat and permanent drought refuge for a range of fauna. Ongoing ecological restoration works provide a variety of fauna habitats for breeding, feeding and nesting. The improved water quality enhances both the natural beauty and historical value of Lake Monger. This section of the walk is a nature trail with lookouts throughout the rehabilitation areas to the east of the reserve enabling one to observe open vegetated nutrient stripping channels, bird nesting sites and lake views.
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Steeped in history, the Yange Kep Bidi’s unique path links with the Claremont Meanders "Cobblers and Convicts Trail"; the City of Nedlands' "Mount Claremont Walk" and the Town of Cambridge's proposed "Western Bush and Lakelands Trail" and it’s "Heritage Trail" on route to Lake Monger in the North. Passing through varied metropolitan areas, refreshment and coffee shops can be enjoyed on route.

Look for triangular markers bearing the Long Neck Turtle as an icon installed into pathways and bollards along the route.  The trail is not steep, and is dog friendly, making it ideal for enjoying family walks. The linked lakes offer a wide variety of wildlife, including many species of birds. A vast array of wildflowers can be enjoyed between July and October. 

Whadjuk Trails are all linked and can be combined to extend the walk, or looped with other trails to create a shorter loop

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Time / Duration

Up to 6 hours if you walk the entire route

Length

21.2km one way

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Freshwater Bay 10km (20minutes) south of Perth CBD

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Trail End

Lake Monger, Wembley which is 4km (5 minutes) west of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Difficulty Notes

Sections of the trail are unsealed or fairly steep. These have alternate routes available

Facilities

For detailed information on sectors where wheelchair accessibility is limited please see the downloadable map for alternate routes.
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Shop
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

August to November to enjoy the wild flowers

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Trail Access

Road 2WD, train, bus, bike

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Sarah York

Reviewed 17 Mar 2021, 3:11pm

We really loved this trail. The lakes are beautiful, especially on a fine and still morning

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