One of Perth’s favourite Instagram spots is set to lose the very thing that attracts its visitors.

Gwelup’s Secret Garden will be no more after the City of Stirling voted to destroy the weeds that make up the garden’s lush appearance.

The Stirling Times reported that councillors unanimously adopted the Careniup Wetlands Reserve management plan which includes removing the Secret Garden and restoring it as a conservation area.

It’s understood that locals have been wanting the site to be restored for years, particularly after the morning glory weed took off, which attracted a huge number of visitors to walk through the other-worldly backdrop.


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A report acknowledged that a weed removal program would likely impact visitor numbers.

“Removal of only the morning glory will take away the aesthetic attributes of the Secret Garden, and probably reduce visitation,” it said. “However to improve the biodiversity values of the reserve, all the weeds in that zone will need ongoing management or removal, subsequent replanting of native vegetation and the installation of protective fencing.”

Previously, the City of Stirling said that the “overwhelmingly popularity” of the garden has placed the infrastructure and natural environment under enough pressure to close it to the public over school holiday periods.

Work is set to commence within the 2021-2022 financial year.