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Heirisson Island is in the Swan River in Western Australia at the eastern end of Perth Water, between the suburbs of East Perth and Victoria Park. It occupies an area of 285600 m²,  (70 acres) which forms the link between the two bridges of The Causeway, 

Kangaroos are on the Island so use caution for mutual awareness

Interesting history, the island, originally a series of mudflats, is named after a French midshipman named Francois-Antoine Boniface Heirisson who explored the Swan River in a longboat from 17th to 22nd June 1801.

The area around Heirisson Island is traditionally associated with the Beeloo Nyungah people who knew the small islands and mud flats as Matagarup, referring to the river as being "one leg deep". 

The Matagarup mud flats were the first major crossing point upriver from the river's mouth (at Fremantle) and were an important seasonal access way over which the Beeloo Nyungah gave other groups right of passage across the river



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Trans ops

enjoy the journey on the river, local ferry service at Point Fraser jetty, includes bike hire station & free CAT bus stop


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Logistics in terms of Icons North and South of Island and crossing points are at top of page under Logistics




About

The area in which Heirisson Island is located is an important area for Noongar people. 
Once comprising of a small chain of islands and surrounding mud flats, this area is known as Matagarup, which refers to the place where the river is only leg deep. 

thus the naming for Matagarup Bridge


Where the island currently stands was a much smaller island known as Kakaroomup. 
This area was a main crossing point from one side of the river to the other, where Noongars could wade through the water. 
A statue of Whadjuk Noongar warrior Yagan was erected on the island in 1984 to recognise Yagan’s strong leadership and resistance fighting during the early years of the Swan River Colony.

In 1801, Heirisson Island was named after French midshipman François-Antoine Boniface Heirisson, who was on the French ship Le Naturaliste, which was a scientific expedition led by Nicolas Baudin.

Today the island is still used as the main crossing from one side of the river to the other, using the causeway bridge. 
The island has a number of facilities, such as seating barbecues, picnic shelters, a children’s playground, a kangaroo sanctuary and toilets. 

Heirisson Island is an island in the Swan River in Western Australia at the eastern end of Perth Water, between the suburbs of East Perth and Victoria Park.
It occupies an area of 285600 m2 (3074000 sq ft), and is connected to the two foreshores by The Causeway
The next upstream island is Kuljak Island, then Ron Courtney Island, with no islands in the Swan River downstream between Heirisson Island and the Indian Ocean other than the artificial islet in Elizabeth Quay.

Before development, there were several small islands, surrounded by mudflats.
The Noongar name for the area is Matagarup (meaning "leg deep"), which has been retained for the single island after reclamation.

Over the years, dredging and reclamation has created a single island, which is now a landscaped nature reserve, with a 2 km (1.2 mi) walking path.

In 1998, five female western grey kangaroos were introduced onto the island, followed by a female with a male joey in 2000, the male was later removed (some say he kept trying to escape (too many women lol)



we found some kangars and show the location in roaming report bikearoo May 2019
 








Logistics


Feb 2020

North side: car park, toilets, BBQ facilities, kids play station, small boat inlet
walk / ride paths and trails 

Northern point: photo view to Casino, Matargarup bridge, Stadium

crossing: its a busy road (dnt do it with kids) - use the path under bridge on West side


South Side: Sanctuary Kangaroos, and bird life in lagoons (so many pelicans)
walk / ride paths and trails 

Double gate security (100m into island) on each side (West and East to ensure the "Roos" do not get out)
West side 150 mtr after gate riverside are a few large rocks for selfie on the river
Various benches / seating set at points around the reserve
Southern end: Yagan Statue at South end 
Southern point: access water for view and photos of city

Warnings for snakes (they dnt look for you so dnt look for them in the shrubs)





Trails


The Island has a good quality paths / trails of hard surface (mostly compressed limestone) 

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2. knowledge base of trails  Trails Heirisson Island
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Other stuff



OUR WISH LIST
1. West side (South)  Humble pier on West side opposite the Food & Drink centre of The Point to allow "little Ferry Co" to connect as part of their hourly tour from Perth cbd around to east Perth (do drop the hint to the tourism office) 
2. East Side (South) Pedestrian bridge across the mainland South Perth / Vic Park, this connects to the paths along the river

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East Perth:  Heirisson Island
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East Perth 
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Name & UrlTheme / FeaturesDistance from Queens GardensDate yy.mm / comment
SWest Matagarup Lookout BBQ, Playground, Lookout, riverside 0680m N.East 2019.07.05 drafted  
Lake Vasto Lagoon, Boardwalk, Playground, BBQ 0500m S.East 219.07.14 drafted 
Queens Gardens Park, Garden lagoon 0 at this poin 2019.07.14 drafted 
Hyde Park Park - Lagoons, Water park, Walks, trails 16 hectares 2600m N.West 2019.07.07 drafted 
Matagarup Bridge Pedestrian bridge to Burswood: 370m span 0880m N.East  
American Express Openair Cinema Cinema outdoor - seasonal 0470m South google map only 
Heirisson Island 70 acre Island, Picnic zone and Kangaroos 0900m S.East, Causeway bridge 2019.05 Google map trails added 
Point Fraser Riverside point: F&D trails, ferry 0650m S.East 2019.05 includes Zone Icons 
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Heirisson Island is located on the Eastern entrance to Perth city, the Island is 70 acres / 18 hectares and split in 2 halves by the Causeway Bridge which connects Perth CBD East to suburb Vic Park, the island North is family themed with car park, bbq and toilets whereas the southern half is sanctuary for Kangaroos and bird lifeSM hub https://tourismwinnerwa.com/HeirissonIsland

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