Olive Seymour Boardwalk Herdsman Lake
Updated: Feb 26, 2020
Herdsman Lake is a stunning wetlands area which is home to over 100 species of birds so there is plenty to capture your attention. For a longer walk you can walk the 8km loop around Herdsman Lake which will take around 2 hours (see pictures below). Most of this walk is compacted and flat so it's possible to ride bikes or scooters however be warned some sections can be under water, particularly after the wetter months.
For a short walk you can wander along the Olive Seymour Boardwalk section located at the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre. This is where you will see bird life up close as the birds feed amongst the reeds. The water is so still it's like looking at a mirror image of the sky. In some places the water is a deep black but if you watch carefully for telltale bubbles you might see a quick glimpse of a fish or a tadpole as it flits by. There are also turtles and frogs if you look closely. The paperbarks create a very eerie landscape and creative minds could come up with lots of amazing tales!
There is a small playground about 800m west of the Wildlife Centre and you can wander along the dual use path to this but be warned this is tiger snake country so you need to be vigilant and keep the kids close.
Herdsman Lake in flood in October 2016.