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Lake Leschenaultia

Updated: Dec 30, 2022

An hour, a day or a week…. there are plenty of activities to fill your time at Lake Leschenaultia.

We walked around the lake on the Heron Trail which is a flat and gentle 3km on wide compacted pathways. In some parts you have the option of diverting to a narrow track closer to the water’s edge for a bit of exploring. The Heron Trail loops around the lake and surprises you at the end as it takes you past the old Train Station.

There are two other walks you can do - the Cockatoo Trail and the Kangaroo Trail and there is also a network of trails connecting the lake with Chidlow.

If you are into Mountain bike riding the trail here is 5km long and looks fairly easy (don’t take my word for it though as I didn’t ride it)

There are plenty of barbecues and picnic benches or picnic spots scattered around the lake which has plenty of parking however toilets are only located in the main area by the café.

Situated between Toodyay Road and the Great Eastern Highway at Chidlow, Lake Leschenaultia is a large man made former railway dam in the Perth Hills. The lake is ideal for swimming and paddling and the mountain bike and walk trails are centred around the café and playground area. In Spring and Summer visitors flock to Lake Lesch, as it is affectionately known. White sandy beaches and calm water make it ideal for children of all ages to swim or paddle in safety. Older kids will love the challenge of jumping off the pontoon! There is ample parking scattered around the lake. In the cooler months there are fewer visitors. Gates open daily at 8.30am but be aware cafe and other facilities may not be open midweek outside of school and public holidays.

Lake Leschenaultia has 23 powered and unpowered camp sites for tents and camper trailers. For current fees and booking refer to the Shire of Mundaring.

The Lake Kiosk offers canoes and stand up paddle boards for hire on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, public holidays and school holidays between 10am and 3pm. Hire is available from September through to late April only. Bookings are recommended and can be made in advance through the Mundaring Visitor Centre or rentals can be made on the day at the Lake Kiosk subject to availability.

Reflections Cafe is open only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays except during school holidays when it is open daily.

Unfortunately the day we visited mid winter was overcast and a bit chilly so no-one was braving the water. We did manage to see a few early flowers but of course Spring is the best time to visit when wildflowers are at their peak.

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In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

As always when hiking in the bush please help to reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback by sticking to the tracks and paths, staying out of quarantined areas and, if possible, clean your shoes before and after hiking. A spray of 70% methylated spirit and 30% water can be effective.

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