Lake Joondalup - Rotary Park to the Pines Wanneroo
Updated: May 1, 2020
After walking south from Rotary Park to Studmaster Park we decided to follow the shared use path north. This flat walk is not as scenic as the southern section but the wide open spaces make it a great place to ride with your kids as you can see well ahead.
Again we started from the Rotary Park Opportunity Playspace on Scenic Drive in Wanneroo. We walked past the lovely Moreton Bay fig trees spreading their roots next to the path just past Rotary Park. There are some exercise machines along the path here. The landscape opens up a bit through Lake Joondalup Park where there is a small playground.
We were only going to walk as far as Donnelly Park but decided to keep going into the bushy section beyond. I'm glad we did as a few short detours from the path on dirt tracks gave us some great lake views.
Eventually we came out on the edge of the Pine Plantation in northern Wanneroo. Kids have been busy making cubby houses all along this side of the plantatation. At the northern edge of the Pines the path goes up Ashley Road before continuing past the Drovers Retail Precinct and then past Wanneroo Botanic Golf and Drovers Place. We didn't continue on as the roadworks make this section a bit tricky.
Retracing our steps we noticed a mob of kangaroos feeding in the pine plantation. As we continued walking we heard a rustle and the kangaroos seemed to accompany us as we walked back to the open space beyond the bush.
On the return we crossed the road to Neville Park, which has a small playground and backs on to historic Buckingham House and the old Wanneroo Schoolhouse, before returning to Rotary Park.
We started our walk from the car park at Rotary Park Opportunity Playspace but there are several parking bays along the way on Scenic Drive or you can park on Ashley Road at Wanneroo Pines and start your walk/cycle from there. Toilets are available at Rotary Park.
The walk from Rotary Park to Wanneroo Pines return was just over 7km and took about 90 minutes. If you didn't want to walk this far you could start at Neville Park (5km return) or Donnelly Park (2km return) to Wanneroo Pines or complete any other shorter sections. With a few playgrounds scattered along this walk there are plenty of options.
Although the Lake Joondalup Circuit is popular with cyclists we found they were well spaced out, not travelling super fast and usually rang their bell on approach.