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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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About Yange Kep Bidi, Perth Western Suburbs
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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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Up to 6 hours if you walk the entire route
21.2km one way
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
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.
FacilitiesFor 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
- Car Park
- Child Activities
- Dog Friendly
- Parking for Disabled
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
August to November to enjoy the wild flowers
Road 2WD, train, bus, bike
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Black Swans on Lake MongerThe unique Black Swans at Lake Monger
Mount ClaremontWonderful bushland area
Yange Kep Trail marker
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