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Jackadder Lake, Woodlands - Jackadup

Updated: Dec 23, 2023

This is another popular walk that pops up on some of the best of lists. Located in Woodlands, Jackadder Lake is another one of the lakes forming the string of wetlands running through Perth. The lake's current name is derived from Jackadup, the Aboriginal name for the lake and its surrounds.

It is a small lake and the walk around is 1.3km which will take around 20 minutes to complete. The paved paths are ideal for scooters, bikes or wheelchairs or you can choose to walk along the lakes edge on the grassed areas. If you are really keen you can try some of the exercise equipment around the lake.

There are ample grassed areas for setting down a picnic rug or for kicking a ball around.

There are several parking areas on the lake front and some have picnic shelters and barbecue facilities. The shaded but unfenced playground is suitable for all ages and has toilets nearby. The toilet block and large shelter have recently been updated with gorgeous James Giddy murals depicting wetland animals. Make sure you get up for a close look to see all the detail within the artworks.

The small island in the lake is a haven for birdlife and there were plenty of birds about including masses of Corellas roosting in the trees around the lake. Some were even having a dip in the lake from a stick perch.

The western side of the lake features a small gazebo and a plaque which marks the dairy farms in this area in the early 1900s. You will also find a Jina Lee Sculpture, Nest, featuring turtles and turtle eggs and representing the snake necked turtle families that nest around Jackadder Lake.

The featured boat may have changed but there is still a boat leaning against the tree.

Opposite the lake is a small shopping centre with the very popular Bada Bing Cafe and a 3 Sheets restaurant so this is a great place to have something to eat and then try to walk it off!

Edited December 2023


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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.

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