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Lake Leschenaultia is close to Perth and very convenient for camping. We felt like we had hit the jackpot when we went camping at Lake Leschenaultia. We live in the Perth Hills and Lake Leschenaultia is only about 25 minutes away. I finished work at 5 on a Friday and we were there setting up by 6.30.
Booking and Camp Sites at Lake Leschenaultia
There is no caravan camping at Lake Leschenaultia, it is tents and camper trailers only.
There are 21 camp sites, about half of them are tent only and the other half are camper trailer accessible. There is power available at all sites.
You will need to book online before you arrive as the office is only open at certain times and as there are not a lot of campsites, it does book out. When you check in they will give you a key to the gate and also the camping bathrooms.
Be aware that the gates close at sunset, so you will need to make sure you arrive before then.
The nightly rate can vary (depending on how many guests) but is somewhere between $40 and $55 per night. There is a minimum booking period over long weekends. For full details check the Shire of Mundaring site.
Can you take Pets to Lake Leschenaultia?
No pets are permitted at Lake Leschenaultia. It is not a National Park. It is owned and managed by the local council, however pets are not allowed.
Things to do at Lake Leschenaultia
There are heaps of things to do at Lake Leschenaultia. But you will still leave relaxed. Most of them revolve around the water.
Swimming at Lake Leschenaultia
The Lake itself is awesome. The water is nice and clear with beach access points, lots of trees for shade and well maintained grass areas.
We set ourselves up at the lake at 10am on Saturday morning. We found a nice shady spot and had shade for the whole day.
There is a pontoon a short swim out from the shore for jumping and diving in the water.
There is occasionally concerns about bacteria in the water which could be harmful. It is normally only a concern when the water level in the lake has dropped and there has been a heat wave. When it is a concern they may shut the lake for a few days or weeks until the risk is over.
The water is generally very clean, and there are a few beach-like, sandy shore areas where it is clear and safe to enter the water. I only like to swim in clear water, so am not a big lake or dam swimmer, but Lake Leschenaultia was fine and I felt completely comfortable swimming there.
Kayaking or Canoeing
We had taken a kayak with us but there is a shed where you can hire canoes. There were a number of people boating out on the lake, and plenty more swimming and paddling around.
You can hire canoes and SUP boards during the summer season. It does not operate over the cooler months (April to September). They are open between 10am until 3pm on weekends, public holidays and during the school holidays. The cost is $16 per half an hour or $26 per hour.
People often bring pool floats to relax on the water as well, so it is likely you will see a few pink flamingoes on the water as well.
Walking and Bike Trails
There are 2 main walking trails. A 3km trail around the lake that we did on both mornings. There is also a larger 6km trail that heads out a bit further. The 6km track is actually a mountain bike trail as well, but is also suitable for walking. The walking track that we did was a great walk and a good length for Lala. We did notice people running around the track as well (yes, they were lapping us!).
Facilities at Lake Leschenaultia
There are a number of free barbeques, clean and well maintained toilets, a kiosk and a playground. There is also a skate ramp and plenty of parking.
Day Trip to Lake Leschenaultia
Lake Leschenaultia is also perfect for a day trip or even a visit for a few hours. Although there is a fee for camping, there is no entrance fee for day visitors.
We had friends meet us on Saturday and Sunday and it was a relaxed, no stress area that is easy to enjoy with a bunch of friends and small children. It was hot on the days we were there (over 40 degrees forecast) and the water and the shade were both well received on a hot day. It was at least 10 degrees cooler under the trees on the lakeshore.
We all loved Lake Leschenaultia and will be back.