The City of Stirling has many parks and reserves with interesting histories.  Here you can read about their colourful pasts.

​There are over 800 parks and reserves across the City of Stirling. Many of these public open space areas have fascinating histories that have influenced their present appearance. For example, did you know that Star Swamp, which was originally set aside as a timber reserve, became a popular camping ground and watering hole for cattle drovers along their journey in the mid-1800s? Or that in days gone by Lake Gwelup Reserve was used to raise livestock and grow vegetables?

We're researching the histories of our parks and are releasing easy-to-read infographics as we complete each project. Click on the links below to read the histories we've already completed. 

If you have interesting historical information or photographs of our parks and reserves we'd love to hear from you​ as your contributions help build our local history.

​​​​​Lake Gwelup Reserve, Gwelup

Lake Gwelup Reserve, a 73-hectare multi-purpose reserve located in the suburb of Gwelup, is an area popular for bird watching, bush walking and a range of other outdoor activities. Download the infographic here (PDF)​.

​​​Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach

Charles Riley Reserve is a 51-hectare multi-purpose reserve located less than one kilometre from the ocean in the seaside suburb of North Beach. Download the infographic here (PDF).​

Star Swamp, North Beach

Star Swamp, a 96-hectare reserve located 15 kilometres north of Perth in the coastal suburb of North Beach, is a popular natural and historical landmark featuring a four-hectare seasonal freshwater lake with paperbark trees and 92 hectares of banksia, tuart, jarrah and marri woodlands, and areas of low heath.​ Download the infogra​phic here (PDF).


What's next?

The City will continue to research and document parks and reserves with colourful histories. The next reserves to have their histories uncovered include:
  • Trigg Bushland Reserve, Trigg/Karrinyup
  • Carine Regional Open Space, Carine
  • Robinson Reserve, Tuart Hill