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 Chidlow's 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.


Lake Leschenaultia is located at 2135 Rosedale Road, Chidlow, just 45 minutes east of the Perth CBD and is accessed via 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.

Check sunset times

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

Reflections Coffee & Kiosk

Reflections Coffee & Kiosk is open on weekends, public holidays (excluding Christmas Day) and every day during the summer school holidays.

The winter weekend and public holiday opening hours are 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Please note that the Kiosk will be closed on Sunday 12 June due to staff shortages, however Full a Beans Coffee Van will be at the Lake from 7.30am. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience.

Canoe and Stand Up Paddle Board Hire (seasonal operation)

Canoe and stand up paddle board hire is now closed for the season and will re-open on Saturday 24 September 2022 (first weekend of the October school holidays).

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

All-terrain wheelchair for hire (temporarily unavailable)

An all-terrain wheelchair is available for use within the park. This wheelchair provides greater access for people with mobility constraints for scenic tours along the gravel tracks surrounding Lake Leschenaultia. For lighter people and those not requiring a five point harness it is also suitable for beach access.

Please note a lifting mechanism to access the wheelchair is not available.

The chair is free to hire and can be booked for up to three hours. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to ensure it is available and ready.

Visitors wishing to hire the wheelchair should email allterrainchair@mundaring.wa.gov.au providing the date and time they would like to use the wheelchair.

The Lake's all-terrain wheelchair is specifically designed to go where typical chairs can’t and is made from titanium strengthened PVC capable of carrying 150kg. It features four large 49cm Wheeleez™ balloon tires, a light frame, pull up armrests and folding footrest.

All terrain wheelchair’s specifications:

  • Floor to handle height - 94cm
  • Seat to Foot Rest - 46cm
  • Chair Back Rest Width - 48cm
  • Chair Back Rest Height - 45cm
  • Seat Width - 45cm
  • Seat Length - 45cm
  • Capacity - up to 150kg

The all terrain wheelchair includes:

  • 3 Safety Restraints (Chest, Waist, and Legs)
  • Anti-Roll Braking
  • Pull Up Arm Rests
  • Folding Foot Rest
  • Quick Dry UV Treated Detachable Velcro Dacron Seat
  • WeatherBreaker® Canopy

The all-terrain wheelchair was fully funded through the “All-terrain Wheelchair Access for National Parks and Beaches Grant” from the Government of Western Australia - Department of Communities.


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.