We live in the City of Wanneroo which is a very diverse part of Perth with many modern new suburbs and alongside the much older rural areas. Hidden away in one rural suburbs is this gorgeous old cottage which conjures up thoughts of the early settlers and what life might have been like.
This building has been referred to as the “Woodcutter’s Cottage” and the area is known by some as “Hidden Valley”. It is indeed hidden and not that easy to find but the locals know it and Dave stumbled across it whilst out walking and looking for some new photographic subject matter.
This is one of two images that Dave has created from that walk, the first image (WCS1.1-V2) started off as a bit of an experiment in HDR techniques and this one came along later when Dave revisited his photos and found this one with the tree in the foreground to the right.
The “Woodcutters Cottage” sits on the edge of Lake Nowergup tucked out of the way off the Gibbs Road. Lake Nowergup is the largest fresh water lake in the Perth surrounds and is home to a unique valley with a Tuart Forest and numerous caves. The local aboriginal tribe, the Noongar, used to frequent the lake as part of their nomadic existence. It is said that Nowergup stands for “place of sweet water”.
Now there is talk of putting a quarry in there, I would rather preserve the public walk currently there and maybe even add some information, it must have an amazing history. If you want to follow the fight to save the lake you can follow it on Facebook.
What hidden places have you found that few people know about?