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Lake Monger

Lake Monger is the largest perennial lake in Perth. The lake is the best surviving of a chain of fresh water wetlands extending from Carine, Karrinyup and Gwelup, Jackadder and Herdsman Lakes, through to what were swamps in the area now known as Northbridge. In the early 1800's the chain was known as the Great Lakes District. The Lake is named after John Henry Monger, a landholder in this area in 1832. Lake Monger is now a significant wildlife reserve

West to Wembley  

Lake Monger - View West

Back in 1829-1830, the shape of Lake Monger didn't resemble its current somewhat triangular shape at all. The boundary was rather ragged and it was also connected to Herdsman Lake. Land reclamation expanded and altered the lake boundary to its present shape. Some areas around the lake were used as rubbish dumps a long time ago. January 2009. Photos Ref: LAKM001


Lake Monger - View West

Here is a section of Lake Monger looking west towards Harborne Street and Wembley. January 2009. Photos Ref: LAKM002


Lake Monger - Black Swan

A black swan skims along the water with an Australasian shelduck following in its wake. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM003


Lake Monger - Grantham Street

Wildlife abounds on the southern side of the lake adjacent to Grantham Street. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM004


Lake Monger - West Side

Walking along the west side of the lake. There are some fine stands of large bamboo, a few avenues of poplar trees, paperbark trees thrive, water birds abound, and the occasional rainbow lorikeets shriek and spin madly through the air just metres overhead. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM005


Lake Monger - Long-Necked Tortoise

Today we crossed paths with a few long-necked tortoises which annually leave the lake to lay their eggs. This one is on its way back to the lake. While rather ungainly on land, once in the water it moved swiftly and gracefully away. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM006


Lake Monger - Lamp Post Submerged

On the west side of Lake Monger on a cloudy day. How about this lamp post totally surrounded by water? October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM007


Lake Monger - City View

Perth City viewed across Lake Monger from a section of the north-western bank. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM008


Lake Monger - North Side

This jetty and rest area is right on the northern tip of Lake Monger. Over on the distant shore you might be able to make out the Subiaco Oval light towers and the Catholic Education Centre. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM009


Lake Monger - Little Egret

A little egret, one of many native birds populating the lake area, tries to sneak through the rushes unnoticed. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM010


Lake Monger - Walking Track

Part of the walking track on the eastern side of the lake, not far from the Mitchell Freeway. It's a great walk around the lake. Total distance is approximately 3.5 kilometres and at ambling pace can be completed in under 90 minutes. An easy walk. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM011


Lake Monger - Walking Track Bridge

To the eastern side of the lake are a couple of bridges on the walking track and here is one of them. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM012


Lake Monger - South West View

Looking across the lake from the eastern side. This is looking south-west and in the picture are cars moving along Grantham Street and a main lake parking area is next to those large palms. In the background is the Catholic Education complex. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM013


Lake Monger - Jetty on East Bank

Another jetty and rest area, this time on the east side of the lake. October 2013. Photos Ref: LAKM014

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