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. This is an ideal family destination with plenty of fun for kids.

This is great destination any time of the year, but on a hot day, it’s a refreshing respite and a shady alternative to the beach.

Formerly known as Chidlow’s 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

Lake Leschenaultia Canoe Hire

Rent a canoe and explore the lake from the water – or bring your own rubber dinghy or stand up paddleboard.

You can hire canoes at the lake from 1 September to 1 July. Canoe’s cost $16 for half an hour or $26 for a full hour.

Unfortunately, the latest time to rent a canoe is 2pm for a full hour hire and 2.30 for half-an-hour hires.

Canoe hire Lake Leschenaultia

Canoe hire on Lake Leschenaultia

Lake Leschenaultia

Walk and Cycle Trails

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 cycle trail.

Lake Leschenaultia

Lake Leschenaultia Camping

Want to stay longer? The camp site has 22 powered camping sites. Campsites are approximately 6×6 metre and suitable for tents and camper trailers. There’s also a non-powered site suitable for groups of up to 40 people.   

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

For more information on camping at Lake Leschenaultia including availability and prices click here.

Lake Leschenaultia Map


  1. Anne says:

    It is a great little spot!

  2. Nick says:

    Wish I knew of this lake when I was last in Perth on a 40 degree day!

  3. 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.

    • Nina B says:

      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?)

  4. 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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