Lake Joondalup - Picnic Cove to Ocean Reef Road
Updated: Aug 20
The shared use path around Lake Joondalup is 16km long - great for a cycle but quite a big commitment for a walk. There are some really stunning sections as you head around the lake and we have explored them in sections to break them into manageable walks.
This blog will cover the section from Picnic Cove south to the bottom of the Lake at Ocean Reef Road. This section is around 2km each way and will take about an hour. Like the rest of the path around the lake it is paved and flat and ideal for kids on bikes and scooters or for prams and wheelchairs.
Picnic Cove provides fantastic views across the lake to Wanneroo. Picnic Cove has gazebos, barbecues and a small playground. It also has grassy slopes ideal for rolling down!
South of Picnic Cove the path winds through a small banksia forest before emerging into more diverse woodland with some open areas. Approaching Ocean Reef Road two paths intersect - you can continue south across the road to Woodvale to explore Beenyup Swamp and Perry's Paddock or you can turn around to head back to Picnic Cove. Before you head back though I highly recommend taking the extra time to turn left, follow the path to the bottom of the lake and enjoy the suburb views of the lake.
On our return we noticed some dirt pathways heading towards Edgewater and later a paved path which we decided to explore. At the top there is a dirt trail next to the houses, which you could also take. The path emerged at Birdland Park and we then followed Edgewater Drive along the footpath for a short distance.
Where Yellagonga Regional Park meets Edgewater Drive there are some dirt trails parallel to the road and we were lucky to spot a mob of kangaroos here. The dirt trails are close to the road and we regretted not heading back along the lakeside path even though we would have missed seeing the kangaroos!
Recently I have added blogs on the section from Scenic Park to Studmaster Park (just north of Ocean Reef Road on the Wanneroo side of the lake) and in the other direction from Rotary Park to the Pine Plantation at Ashley Road in Wanneroo. These sections both start and finish at the Rotary Park Opportunity Playspace.
The small sections we haven't walked are from Ocean Reef Road to Studmaster Park and the section from the Pine Plantation to Drovers Place.
Please click on the links to read the blogs on the various sections.
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