Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, Perth






East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Oceania


Management and funding

Managed by WA Gould League Inc.

WA Gould League is a non-government, non-profit organisation.

For a complete history of the organisation and the Gould League in Australia, go to www.wagouldleague.com.au

The mission of the WA Gould League is to provide quality environmental education programmes and curriculum to school and community to assist in the creation of Sustainable Communities. Our strength has been in the provision of quality environmental and wildlife learning experiences to school children and we have expanded this programme to include a Community Environmental Education Programme and an Indigenous Education Programme.

Details of our schools and community education programmes can be found on our website.

The salary of the Centre Manager and Administration Officer at the Centre is paid for by the WA Department of Education and Training. The rest of the funding comes from fees for services for group bookings enrolled in our education programmes, visitor donations and meeting room hire.


The centre was founded 20 years ago and opened by the then Premier of WA (Western Australia), the Hon. Brian Burke.


Living and static displays illustrate aspects of the Lake’s ecology while the observation deck is ideal for bird watching or to view the lake.

A shop in the Wildlife Centre has a range of wildlife posters, Gould League educational material as well as books, charts and souvenirs.

A classroom/meeting room is available for conferences (capacity 60 people).

The Wildlife Centre has toilet and shower facilities. All facilities and boardwalk are wheel chair accessible.

Work Areas

Key species/features

Herdsman Lake is a popular place for tourists interested in wildlife. It has a wide variety of wetland fauna and is in easy proximity to the city. A raised boardwalk to the east of the Centre enables you to observe plant life, birds, snakes and frogs.

The Nyoongar people are the traditional owners of Herdsman Lake region or ‘ Nookenbarra’. An Education Officer or Nyoongar is available for group bookings to either our environmental or indigenous education programmes.


The website is an important source of information to schools and public regarding our activities. All schools in WA receive a mailout twice yearly and Community activities are advertised via local papers.

Interpretation and exhibitry

The building, with its wooden structure, is designed to blend into the low-lying landscape. The static and living displays in the foyer aim to take visitors on a historical and cultural journey of Herdsman Lake, with information about the lake, its wildlife and its traditional owners, so that they have some understanding of the flora and fauna they observe, before they set out on a swamp boardwalk.

Formal (school and university) learning

For a complete description of the Integrated Learning Experiences offered by the Centre, please go to the website. All school learning experiences are designed to comply with the WA Curriculum Framework and are Outcomes Focused.

Pre- and post-visit material is available for teachers upon booking in an excursion. Teacher training/development is available upon request. An Education Officer or Nyoongar Guide is available for group bookings. The Learning Experience is ideal for special needs groups.

Informal (general public) learning

A brochure, complete with map, is available at the Centre to highlight walking trails. Volunteers assist in the community education programme and special events such as Frog Fests, Wildlife Information nights, Freshwater Festivals and guided bird/swamp walks.

Members of the community can become members of the WA Gould League and will receive a quarterly Gould League magazine, with information about upcoming events and a range of nature-based activities.


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he Centre is commonly booked by other environmental groups including Birds Australia, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), The Naturalist, Department of Environment, Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Teacher professional development is also available upon request.


Roger Harris,

Centre Manager

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