Lake Monger and other activities to do in West Perth
Lake Monger in Perth, is a large urban wetland on the Swan Coastal Plain in suburban Perth, Western Australia nestled between the suburbs of Leederville, Wembley and Glendalough and is one of the nearby tourist attractions around Perth.
Located less than 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city of Perth and situated alongside the Mitchell Freeway, the lake runs approximately north-west towards south-east to the Swan River and consists of 70 hectares (170 acres) of open shallow water with an island that is 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres) in size, along the south-west corner. The 110 hectares (270 acres) lake and the surrounding parklands are known as the Lake Monger Reserve.
The Lake remains a must see, if you are visiting Perth and remains a popular tourist spot. The lake is used extensively for recreation and is a major tourist attraction with up to 12,000 visitors per week. Activities include bird watching and exercise, or simply exploring the reserve.
A 3.8-kilometre (2.4 mi) paved walking/cycling track encircles the lake which takes about 50 Minutes to cover by foot in normal walking speed. Ample car parking, playground equipment and barbecue facilities are also provided.
The indigenous Noongar people of the south-western region call the area Keiermulu which translates to ‘the home fires or camp’, or Lake Galup or Lake Kalup.
After European settlement, it became known as either Large Lake or Triangle Lake before being named Monger’s Lake in 1831. In April 1932 it was changed to its current name of Lake Monger.
A reed island was constructed in the late 1960s to provide a summer refuge for birds. 38 species of birds have been sighted along the premise including black swans, cormorants, spoonbills and pelicans.
The lake also supports southwestern snake-necked turtles, large skinks, and two species of frogs. Fish common to the lake are all introduced species including goldfish, carp, mosquito fish and English perch.
Vegetation back in the 1800s comprised swampland trees; Melaleuca rhaphiophylla, Banksia littoralis, and Eucalyptus rudis. Xanthorrhoea (blackboy), rushes, wattle and tea tree were the common flora, But after land reclamation, rushes were removed to plant lawns and construct sandy beaches. None of the banksia and few paperbarks remain and trees are now generally confined to a narrow strip surrounding the shoreline, mainly on the northern and eastern sides.
The reserve remains popular because of its accessible location and the overall aesthetic and its effort on conserving the wildlife in Western Australia. The lake remains ideal for locals just looking for a lazy day and with tourists exploring Perth as well. Mountain Biking, Birdwatching, Camping, Cycling, Scuba Diving, Fishing, Sailing, Surfing and Swimming all remain the most popular recreational activity in Lake Monger. For Avid Birdwatchers, and nature lovers, the venue hosts migratory birds visiting the area looking for homage to changing seasons. Takes 30 mins from Perth station, using Bus number 83 and 45 minutes from Canning Bridge and is accessible with ample parking space too for people looking to drive down to Morgan too.