Location: Golf Links Rd, Albany
Distance: 2.9km loop
Trail Marker: Occasional markers
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 6th October 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
Lake Seppings is a natural ecosystem that provides a refuge for local native plants, animals and birds, with information and appropriate sustainable access. Tjuirtgellong is the Noongar name for the lake which means "The place of the long-necked tortoise".
The lake has had over 100 species of birds recorded and is managed in partnership between the City of Albany and Friends of Lake Seppings.
We spent a week in Albany before moving down here to get a feel for the area and to conduct research. That meant heading out in all conditions, this day happened to be raining haha and we were not really prepared for lake trail crossings.
The first part of the walk takes you to a lookout with some views of the lake and parts of the town beyond.
Lake Seppings has a rich variety of vegetation, surrounded by a mixture of bullrushes, and reeds. The trees are a mixture of Myrtaceae, Peppermint trees, Paperbarks and Wattles.
and then we had to navigate our first water crossing lol
Dave wasn't really impressed as he had no other shoes if these got wet. Sophie just walked through haha
Trail signage was pretty good but the trail itself is actually very easy to follow. I actually love exploring nature in the rain, especially with my camera.
The trails passes by a few farming properties, don't be too eager to get to the fence to reach them, unless of course your happy to go swimming in the algae covered stream
The resting bench is a nice place to sit and immerse yourself in the area watching for birds.
Lots of beautiful wildflowers out at this tim of year
A feature of the western side is the bird hide - a small wooden shelter perched over the lake, where birdwatchers can watch birds, discretely.
Lake Seppings has pretty interesting history. It has literally gone from Conservation to Tip and back again.
In 1988, the lake was declared a Botanic Garden. In 1900, the lake was called Albany Park and protected as a natural wetland. But somewhere between 1900 & 1970, the lake became a rubbish tip! In 1972, the Department of Fisheries and Fauna recommended the lake become a waterfowl reserve. In 1973, the Albany Council investigated the possibility of discharging treated sewage into the lake....ewww In the 1980's the Apex Club of Albany started work on the Bird Walk. In 2000, the Albany community suggested the lake be protected and restored. In 2004, the circuit walk trail was completed.
Further along the lake we came across the City of Albany's 'Albany Biodiversity Urban Corridor Project', a project designed to help establish an Urban Tree Corridor between Mt Clarence and Emu Point to help native species such as the threatened Western Ringtail Possum to move between these important habitat sites.
The main path then crosses the lake on a sort of natural causeway leading to a boardwalk amongst the reeds.
Lots of hidden things lurking in the swampy waters below so keep an eye out for them, your might find yourself a turtle, tadpoles or small fish.
Typical for this time of year was the presence of moss, algae and lichens providing great canvas's for good pics.
The final section of the walk heads past the pump shed. Water is pumped from Lake Seppings to the golf course across the road for reticulation. This apparently helps to reduce the risk of flodding and is closely monitored so that the lake doesn't dry out.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures and don't forget the gumboots if checking it out in winter.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.