The lake 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.
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.
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.
Want to stay longer? Lake Leschenaultia has 22 powered camping sites, suitable for tents and camper trailers, along with 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.