Escape the city to Lake Leschenaultia

Escape the city to Lake Leschenaultia

Located near Chidlow in the Perth Hills, Lake Leschenaultia has an old world charm that offers the perfect city escape.

Lake Leschenaultia is a perfect outing for a picnic with plenty of shaded areas, BBQ facilities, a swimming beach with pontoon, canoe hire and walking and cycle trails. Children are particularly well catered for, making this an ideal family destination.

Lake Leschenaultia is great anytime of the year, but on a hot day, it’s a refreshing respite and a shady alternative to the beach.

Formerly known as Chidlows Well, the Lake was built in 1897 as a dam by the Western Australian Government Railway to provide water to steam trains. Since 1947 it’s become a premier recreational site.

Lake Leshenaultia

Rent a canoe and explore the lake as you Explore the lake and rent a canoe – or bring your own rubber dinghy or stand up paddle board.  Canoes are available from 1 September to 1 July and cost $13 for half an hour or $20 for a full hour.

Canoe hire Lake Leschenaultia

Canoe hire on Lake Leschenaultia

Lake Leschenaultia

There’s a three-kilometre walk trail around the lake to explore the surrounding bushland. Keep an eye out for the numerous species of native birds, kangaroos, possums and echidnas that live in the area.

Or else, bring your bike and make use of the 10-kilometre long offroad bike trail.

Lake Leschenaultia

Want to stay longer? Lake Leschenaultia has 22 powered camping sites, suitable for tents and camper trailers. There’s also  a non-powered site suitable for up to 40 people.  There’s a $20 booking fee and sites cost $9 per person per night.

For crowds, weddings, family get-togethers and any other sociable even, shelters and lawns can be hired for exclusive use. 

For more information on Lake Leschenaultia, check the Shire of Mundaring website here.

6 thoughts on “Escape the city to Lake Leschenaultia

  1. I learnt to swim here back in the 1970s. We had many a family outing to “the lake”. Barbecues and picnics and I still remember being treated to a Twin Pole at the cafeteria. The muddy smell of the lake evokes many memories for me.

    1. Sounds like a lovely childhood memory. There’s a real old fashioned appeal to the lake and I hope that kids continue to grow up with the same memories as you minus the Twin Poles (whatever happened to those?)

  2. Hi Nina,

    Wow, Lake Leshenaultia looks like a place we have to visit in a couple of months, when we’re back to Perth. A lake with a beach… love it! There so many beautiful places around Perth. Thanks for sharing.

    Liebe Grüsse aus Adelaide,
    Reni :-)

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