Lake Leschenaultia in Mundaring

Dayton to Mundaring30 km(driving for approximately 25 minutes)

Perth CBD to Mundaring 48 km (driving for approximately 50 minutes)


If you have a green thumb, you’ll feel at home surrounded by 168 hectares of bushland in the nature reserve at Lake Leschenaultia.

This is the perfect spot for a picnic, given the abundance of shade, lush grass and white sandy beaches. Not to mention, there’s plenty of playground equipment to keep the little ones busy.

You could easily spend the entire day here. Activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing (canoes available for hire)
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Picnics and free barbeques
  • Camping
  • Dining at reflections cafe (light meals, refreshments and coffee)

“The Lake” (as locals call it) was built as a dam by the Western Australian Government Railway in 1897, to replenish steam engines. Fast forward to the present and it’s a popular swimming hole for people of all ages.

The birds like it too – on any given day you’ll see ducks, geese, swamp hens and herons enjoying a refreshing dip. You might even spot some kangaroos, bandicoots and echidnas sneaking around the wildflowers and native trees.

Gates open at 8:30 am throughout the week. You can visit Reflections Cafe on Fridays, weekends and school holidays.


Aunty Cath’s Cafe is the perfect choice for brunch or lunch, if you’re looking for wholesome food that pleases your taste buds and hits the spot. The staff go out of their way to help you feel welcome and cater to dietary requirements too. Do yourself a favour and try the vegetarian burrito, followed by ice cream for dessert!

Dig into high quality produce from the Perth Hills area at the Inn-uendo Bistro. The fish is sourced from unspoiled dams and the seafood market. Local butchers supply free range chicken, pork and grass-fed beef. The open fireplace creates the perfect ambience for unwinding after a satisfying day.

The award-winning Little Caesars Pizzeria attracts visitors from around Australia. They make their dough fresh (every day!) and provide gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.


You’re guaranteed to leave The Lavender Patch feeling refreshed, since this Bed and Breakfast sits on acres of bushland. The lake views are a treat and you’ll smell whiffs of lavender when the flowers are blooming. Enjoy all the perks of a five star hotel, but with personalised touches (such as homemade brekkie and a courtesy taxi service to a local restaurant).