About the Lake, Location and Opening Hours

About the lake

Lake Leschenaultia is a 168 hectare bushland well-known for its canoeing, swimming, cycling and barbeque facilities.

The Lake is the perfect spot for a family outing with cool shaded areas, lawns, white sand beaches and playground equipment.

Shelters and lawn areas can be hired for exclusive use. 

Originally known as Chidlows Well, the Lake was built in 1897 as a dam by the Western Australian Government Railway to replenish the steam engines travelling to Northam, York and beyond.

Important note: Dogs and pets are not permitted at Lake Leschenaultia, unless approved in writing by the Shire or are a registered Assistance Dog. An authorisation card must be carried when entering the park.


The lake is located near Chidlow, less than an hour from the Perth CBD, and is accessed via the Great Eastern Highway.

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Entry and opening hours

Entry into Lake Leschenaultia is free

Park opening times

The lake is usually open every day of the year:

  • Monday to Friday - gates open at 8.30am
  • Weekends - gates open at 8am.

Gates close half an hour after sunset all year round.

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Important note: The lake may be closed on high fire danger days. Check lake closures.

Reflections Cafe Kiosk

Reflections Cafe Kiosk is open on weekends, public holidays (except Christmas Day) and during the summer school holidays.

General opening hours are 8.30am to 3pm, however the Kiosk may close earlier on quiet days.

Canoe and Stand Up Paddle Board Hire (seasonal operation)

Opening hours are 10am to 3pm on weekends, public holidays (except Christmas Day) and every day in the January school holidays.


Camping is open all year round.

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Perth Hills Mundaring Visitor Centre

Perth Hills Mundaring Visitor Centre can answer most enquiries relating to Lake Leschenaultia. They also make group campsite bookings and reserve shelters and lawn areas.  Call them on 9290 6736 or visit them at 7225 Great Eastern Highway during the following times:

  • Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm
  • Sunday and most public holidays* from 10am to 2.30pm

*Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.