About this place
The area in which Heirisson Island is currently located is an important area for Nyoongar 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. 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 Nyoongars could wade through the water. A statue of Whadjuk Nyoongar 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 barbecues, picnic shelters, a children’s playground, a kangaroo sanctuary and toilets.
This area is managed by the City of Perth. For more information visit the City of Perth.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Heirisson Island.
NGAALA KAADITJ WHADJUK MOORT KEYEN KAADAK NIDJA BOODJA.
We recognise and acknowledge Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the land and waters of Swan Canning Riverpark.