Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

The Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre provides a unique opportunity for the community to reconnect and interact with nature.

Situated on the edge of Herdsman Lake the centre is open Monday – Friday 8.15am – 4.30pm with admission being via gold coin donation.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife CentreHerdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

The Herdsman Wildlife Centre offers living and static displays of wildlife and ecology. It’s not a place you could spend all day but is a great way to pass an hour – a great option for a rainy day!

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

We particularly enjoyed meeting Brian, a green tree frog who has his mouth constantly open. His ‘specialness’ means he would have died in the wild but here he lives quite happily in his tank.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

Other live animals on display include a long necked turtle,  a skink, a blue tongued lizard and a snake.  The kids had a great time discovering who was living in each tank.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre
You’ll also find various touch tables around the centre.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

We had a lot of fun with ‘What’s in the box?’. After putting our hands into the various boxes and having a feel of what was lurking inside we discovered a turtle shell and the skin of a tiger snake.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

Take a trip up the stairs to the mezzanine level and you will enjoy views over Herdsman Lake.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

There are steps at each window so that little people can reach window height.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

If you have your own binoculars make sure you take them along so that you can have fun spotting all the birds that inhabit the lake. There is a chart up on the wall so that you can pick them out. Unfortunately there is no pram or wheelchair access up to this level.

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

Every Wednesday during the school term the centre runs Wildlife Wednesday’s. Families can discover Herdsman Lake with a range of hands-on activities. Investigate birds, nest, tracks, scats, bush tucker and bush medicine. Wildlife Wednesdays run 3pm – 5pm and cost $5 per child. Children under 3 and parents are free.  Bookings are essential. Call 9387 6079 to book.

During the school holidays you can take a journey on the Swamp Safari, a exciting hands on learning adventure featuring ‘Mud n Minibeasts’ (invertebrate sampling with scoop-nets) and a guided bush walk. The Swamp Safari runs 10am – 12pm and costs $15 per person. Bookings essential.

Herdsman Wildlife Centre is located on the corner of Flynn Street and Selby Street, Wembley. Visit www.wagouldleague.com.au for more information.

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the co-founder of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in television for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 9 and 6 and loves the family friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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