Lake Gwelup Story Trail

The City is undertaking local engagement to inform the development of the Lake Gwelup Story Trail project. Closing date: 20 September 2023

The City of Stirling sits on land known as Mooro Country, home to Wadjak Nyoongar people for more than 40,000 years. Mooro Country extends from the Indian Ocean in the west to beyond the City’s boundary in the east, and from the Swan River on the banks of Perth’s CBD south of the City of Stirling to the boundary of Perth’s metropolitan northern border in Yanchep. A coastal wetlands trail for Nyoongar people begins at the Swan River and follows a chain of lakes through to Yanchep. The Nyoongar community regards this chain of lakes as ‘all the same water’ and shares the ideal ‘one water, many lakes’. Today, Aboriginal heritage sites are registered at each of the lakes in this chain, making Gwelup, Star Swamp and Herdsman significant sites within the City of Stirling for Nyoongar people.

Lake Gwelup has been transformed over the years through urban development and is now a permanent lake that hosts extraordinary wetland ecology and biodiversity.  Today the lake includes a viewing platform and pedestrian paths for people to explore the bushland and wetland environments.  

The Story Trail will offer an interactive experience, celebrating Nyoongar culture, environmental and historical stories of Lake Gwelup. The City in partnership with Rotary Club Karrinyup will construct its first Story Trail to celebrate Karrinyup Rotary’s 50th anniversary. This trail will help strengthen connection with place and shape how visitors experience Lake Gwelup.  

The City is undertaking local engagement, to gain a deeper understanding of how our community engages with Lake Gwelup to inform the development of the Story Trail. To support the project and bring the local community together, the City, in partnership with Rotary, is hosting a free BBQ and Walkshop event at Lake Gwelup Regional Open Space.

Date: Sunday 10 September

Time: 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Location: West side of Lake near the tennis courts

Len Yarran, Wadjak Nyoongar Elder will be facilitating a Mooro Tour during the event, which will be open to all attendees. This will be an opportunity to walk the Nyoongar boodja (land) of Lake Gwelup and take part in an interactive experience that celebrates Nyoongar culture. City staff will also be available during the Walkshop event to discuss the Story Trail and the three key themes of the project. 

What is a Story Trail and why is it important?

A Story Trail is a creative way to share the stories of place with visitors, offering an interactive experience that celebrates Nyoongar culture, environmental and historical stories. 

How can I contribute to the Story Trail?

The Walkshop community event on Sunday 10 September at Lake Gwelup will be an opportunity for community members to inform the development of the Story Trail and provide feedback to the project team. You can also share your feedback via the survey on the project page.

Who is involved in the development of the Story Trail?

The City’s Parks and Sustainability team, is working with key community stakeholders and Rotary Club Karrinyup to develop this Story Trail. During the community consultation process, the City is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of how our community engages with Lake Gwelup to inform the development of the Trail.

How will my involvement influence decision making?

Your involvement in this project will help inform the development of the Story Trail and shape how visitors experience Lake Gwelup.  

What will happen next?

The City's project team will review all feedback provided during the consultation period. To keep up to date with the latest Story Trail updates visit the project page. 


Community engagement commences

15 August 2023

Community walkshop

10 September 2023

Community engagement closes

20 September 2023

Story Trail works commence


Story Trail completion


Community opening event

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For more information, contact Sue Morley, Parks and Sustainability on (08) 9205 8660.

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