Lake Joondalup Circuit

3 h 30 min to 5 h


1 h 45 min to 2 h 30 min
3 h 45 min to 5 h 15 min

17.4 km
circuit

↑ 201 m
↓ -202 m

Easy track
Starting from the Neil Hawkins Park Carpark on Boas Avenue, Joondalup, this walk takes you on a circuit around Lake Joondalup. Lake Joondalup is Perth's largest freshwater lake and is part of Yellagonga Regional Park. The Lake Joondalup Circuit is a well-developed family-friendly path starting from the historic site of Neil Hawkins Park, situated only a short stroll away from the Joondalup City Centre. The well-maintained park has public toilets, barbecues, picnic tables and a children's play area. It is a lovely spot for a family picnic or barbecue. You can come across kangaroos and long-necked turtles along with some rare bird species whilst pivoting around the lake. The loop also takes in children's playgrounds, picnic spots, the local golf course, a boardwalk and an observation tower. Lake views from Neil Hawkins Park are stunning, but for most of the way the lake is hidden by overgrown trees and vegetation. The western side of the lake is the most scenic as the path is within natural settings, unlike the suburban roads and grassy parkland on the eastern side. The flat shared-use path is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists, with a hard surface throughout the entire loop. Keep an eye out for snakes along the section between Scenic Drive Park, Rotary Park and Lake Joondalup Park, where there are multiple snake warning signs. This could be a difficult walk in the summer months as there is not a lot of shade available. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.7433225,115.7782653)
Mode Bus Car Train
DirectionsFrom Mitchell Freeway
  • Turn on to then drive for 490 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 1.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Shenton Avenue and drive for another 185 m
  • Turn right onto Lakeside Drive and drive for another 310 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Boas Avenue and drive for another 460 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Neil Hawkins Park Carpark on Boas Avenue, Joondalup, head towards the lake along the narrow sealed path across the lawn, passing a sheltered picnic table and barbecue (to your left). Turn right once you reach the Neil Hawkins Viewing Platform, and head along the sealed path keeping the lake to your left to continue the Lake Joondalup Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Neil Hawkins Park at the start.
Find the toilet at the start.
After another 20 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 55 m turn right.
After another 120 m pass the water tap (80 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the shelter (80 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 510 m continue straight.
After another 560 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass a seat (15 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 560 m continue straight.
After another 400 m head into the "Picnic Cove Park".
Continue straight.
After another 210 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the playground (on your left).
After another 45 m pass a seat (15 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 30 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 6 m pass the water tap (on your right).
Then pass the sign (8 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass a seat (9 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 560 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 320 m turn left.
After another 680 m continue straight.
After another 360 m continue straight.
After another 95 m pass the playground (30 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the BBQ (55 m on your right).
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
Then come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
Turn right.
Then cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
Turn left.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Then pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 1.7 km veer right.
After another 90 m pass a seat (20 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 185 m pass a seat (25 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 170 m pass a seat (10 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 70 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 245 m pass the playground (45 m on your left).
Then pass the "Pezaj Park" (30 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 30 m head into the "Opportunity Playspace".
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 60 m pass the toilet (40 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the water tap (50 m on your left).
After another 40 m pass the playground (9 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 180 m pass the playground (on your left).
After another 30 m pass the playground (on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 480 m pass the "Neville Park" (25 m on your right).
After another 220 m pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 20 m pass the sign (20 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 190 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 95 m pass the playground (15 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass the BBQ (15 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the water tap (20 m on your right).
After another 225 m head into the "Donnelly Park".
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 125 m pass the playground (15 m on your right).
After another 25 m veer left.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 610 m veer right.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 380 m continue straight.
After another 215 m continue straight.
After another 710 m continue straight.
After another 210 m continue straight.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Drovers Place.
After another 260 m pass the "Leapfrogs Cafe" (60 m on your left).
At the intersection of Closed due to construction & Drovers Place continue straight, to head along Drovers Place.
After another 350 m turn right.
After another 85 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access from/to Joondalup Drive/State Route 85. Details below.
After another 370 m continue straight.
After another 80 m veer left.
After another 1.6 km pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
The alternate route finishes here. Turn left to rejoin the main route at the 15.9 km waypoint. Details below.
Veer right.
After another 275 m continue straight.
After another 60 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 195 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route visiting the Lake Joondalup Viewing Platform/Yellagonga Scenic Lookout. May not be wheelchair accessible. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 295 m turn left.
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 400 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 90 m pass the sign (on your left).
Turn right.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 30 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a seat (about 30 m back from the start)., has a backrest.
After another 460 m continue straight.
After another 295 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

An alternate route visiting the Lake Joondalup Viewing Platform/Yellagonga Scenic Lookout. May not be wheelchair accessible.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 40 m turn left.
After another 50 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
Then come to the "Lake Joondalup Viewing Platform" (6 m on your left).
Turn right.
Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 125 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

An alternate access from/to Joondalup Drive/State Route 85.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 60 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Lake Joondalup Circuit


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 17.4 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 5 h
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.8 km apart with the largest gap of 17.2 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.8 km apart with the largest gap of 8.8 km.

Seat: There are 15 on route, on average they are 1.1 km apart with the largest gap of 6.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
25 m[toilet]
Shelter
45 m[shelter]
Shelter
235 m[shelter]
Toilet
8.6 km[toilet]
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