Kuljak Island

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Kuljak Island
Nickname: Black Swan Island
Kuljak Island
LocationAscot, Western Australia
Coordinates31°56′26″S 115°54′56″E / 31.9405094°S 115.915534°E / -31.9405094; 115.915534Coordinates: 31°56′26″S 115°54′56″E / 31.9405094°S 115.915534°E / -31.9405094; 115.915534
Adjacent bodies of waterSwan River
StateWestern Australia
CityCity of Belmont
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Kuljak Island, also known as Black Swan Island, is an artificial island in the Swan River.[1][2] Situated between Ron Courtney Island upstream and Heirisson Island downstream, Kuljak Island is east of Maylands Peninsula and south of Garratt Road Bridge.[1] Kuljak Island is surrounded by a number of smaller, also artificial, islets, and is entirely within the boundaries of the suburb of Ascot.[3]


The island was created in 1997 by dredging two channels as a part of the Ascot Waters development.[1] These channels connect an artificial wetland with the Swan River, isolating the site of a former sanitary landfill, thus forming Kuljak Island.[1][3][4] This sanitary landfill was a council rubbish tip for 25 years before being closed in the early 1980s.[1]

Kuljak Island presents “an important backdrop to Tranby House” on the western shore of the Swan River facing Kuljak Island, by offering a view of an “apparently undeveloped” river “against the well maintained house and gardens” of Tranby House.[3] It captures how “the river would have been at the time” Tranby House was built.[3]


Kuljak Island may be accessed by car via Tidewater Way, and by a pedestrian bridge via Samphire Street. A walking trail mapped by the City of Belmont comprises paved footpaths on, and leading to, Kuljak Island.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Environmental Protection Authority (December 1995). "Ascot Waters - Proposal to dredge two channels to connect an artificial wetland with the Swan River" (PDF). Perth, Western Australia: Western Australian Planning Commission and the City of Belmont. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ City of Belmont (26 November 2013). "List of Names of Streets/Roads, Suburbs, Parks, Perth Airport and Schools" (PDF). Perth, Western Australia, Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Lisa Chalmers, Water and Rivers Commission (September 1997). "Swan River System Landscape Description". Perth, Western Australia, Australia: Swan River Trust. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment No 1028/33, South East Districts Omnibus (No. 5), Disallowance" (PDF). Perth, Western Australia, Australia. 18 December 2002. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  5. ^ City of Belmont (2010). "Walking Maps" (PDF). Retrieved 11 January 2015.