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 Natural Areas

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Garvey Park

Garvey Park is a major riverside reserve that contains significant areas of remnant foreshore vegetation and extensive revegetation areas.

To see the areas explained below, you can follow the self guided Garvey Park Nature Walk Trail. The walk follows limestone pathways and will take approximately 20- 30 minutes (2 kilometre distance).

Coolgardie Living Stream and Garvey Park Floodplain

​In 2001 and 2002, a 500 metre linear stormwater drain was converted into a living s​tream by sculpting and battering the banks to create a gentler slope and increasing the area available for wetland habitat. 21,700 wetland and dryland trees, shrubs, sedges and rushes were subsequently planted in 2003.

Between 2004 and 2009, 4.6 hectares of floodplain was progressively revegetated, linking the Coolgardie Living Stream to Ayres Bushland to the south-west. 

Carbon Neutral woodlands

Each year from 2005 to 2012, approximately 1,000 trees and 1,000 understorey plants were established as part of the Carbon Neutral Program. These trees sequester the equivalent amount of carbon generated by Council’s light vehicle fleet in one year. Over 4 hectares was revegetated.

Foreshore Stabilisation   

A foreshore stabilisation plan has been developed for Garvey Park, divided into Sections 1 - 4 and stretching from the Coolgardie Living Stream to Hilton Grove. 

Works were completed at Section 1 (Hilton Grove) in 2011, Section 4 (near Coolgardie Living Stream) in 2012 and Section 3 (extending to the Ascot Kayak Club/ kiosk building) in 2016.

The City is currently in the design stage for the remaining area (Section 2).

Garvey Park Created Wetland

A wetland was created in 2004 near Tibradden Circle to capture stormwater from Tibradden Estate, improving water quality prior to it entering Coolgardie Living Stream and the river. The wetland provides important habitat for waterbirds and frogs.

Picture of flora at Signal Hill

Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a small, (3.87 hectare) locally important area of remnant Banksia woodland within the City of Belmont, located on the corner of Belgravia Street and Alexander Road.

The bushland contains over 100 species of local, native plants including six varieties of orchids.

26 native bird species have been recorded, many of which are migratory such as the rainbow bee eater, which nests in underground burrows that are particularly susceptible to disturbance by dogs and cats.

The bushland was previously used as a signal station by the Department of Defence and Royal Australian Air Force.

To protect the bushland area, residents are asked not to:

  • Pick wildflowers or remove native plants
  • Cut down trees/ shrubs
  • Ride bikes off limestone pathways
  • Dump garden rubbish
  • Allow dogs off leads
For a copy of the Signal Hill bushland brochure refer to the Signal Hill profile under Park Search.

Picture of Swan River

Swan River Foreshore

The City of Belmont has 10 kilometres of picturesque Swan River foreshore, extending from Goodwood Parade boat ramp (near Orrong Road/ Balbuk Way) through Adachi and Hardey Parks, Ascot Waters and Garvey Park to Ivy Street.

Between 1998 - 2002 an extensive restoration project was undertaken from Goodwood Parade boat ramp to the Sandringham Hotel, utilising Natural Heritage Trust Funding to rehabilitate and restore 6.5 hectares of riverbank and remnant vegetation.

Restoration and stabilisation of the river foreshore is an ongoing process, with more recent works completed with the assistance of Swan River Trust Riverbank funding at:

  • Garvey Park - Hilton Grove (2011) , Section 4 (2012) and Section 3 (2016)
  • Hill 60 Foreshore (2013)
  • Ascot Racecourse Foreshore - Location A-C (2013) and Location D (2014)
  • The Esplanade (2014 & 2016)

Revegetation was also undertaken 2011, 2013 and 2014 at various foreshore locations with funding received through the State NRM Program- Community Grants and an Environmental Community Grant. 

Picture of wildlife on Tomato Lake

Tomato Lake

Tomato Lake is a seven hectare wetland located on Oats Street in Kewdale.

The lake receives stormwater from surrounding road verge drains and is part of the South Belmont Main Drain, which flows to Faulkner Park lakes, Severin Walk and then into the Swan River at Adachi Park. The lake is predominantly ground water fed, with a depth of over two metres in winter and less than a metre in summer. 

Tomato Lake supports a wide variety of bird life, as well as other fauna including long necked-tortoises and frogs. Remnant vegetation exists in the bushland area near the end of Scenic Drive, as well as fringing the lake. An interpretive bushland walk called 'Jida Bidi' (small bird path in Noongar language) is located close to the boardwalk near the end of Scenic Drive.