Starting from the car park next to the Luisini Winery on Lakeway Drive, Kingsley, this walk takes you on a circuit around Lake Goollelal. The Lake Goollelal Loop is a 4.5 km paved path around this permanent lake. The shared-use path is great for walking and cycling and offers a fabulous natural bushland setting in the midst of suburbia. The lake is surrounded by remnants of fringing paperbark woodland, Jarrah, Marri and Banksia open woodland and scattered Tuart. Many of the trees away from the banks of the lake are not native to the area, but a few large Flooded Gum and Swamp Paperbark trees give you a glimpse of how the vegetation was like back in the day. One of the main features of a walk around Lake Goollelal is the abundant birdlife. The lake, although shallow by world standards, is relatively deep compared with other lakes on the Swan Coastal Plain, and therefore is a haven for waterbirds even during dry summers. The area is also home to oblong turtles and native water rats. There's an observation platform on the western side of the lake where you can view many waterbirds. On the eastern side, there's a plaque commemorating the location of Wesley Mission farm. Reverend John Smithies built this farm in 1844 for Aboriginal people to acquire agricultural skills if they'd like to do so. Nearby is the historic Luisini Winery, which is currently being redeveloped as an educational and heritage facility by the National Trust. You can commence the loop walk from multiple different points and return to your starting location. It is a shared path, giving you the option to cycle. Some parts of the walk are close to busy roads. Keep an eye out for snakes in the warm weather. 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.
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.
Turn left onto Lakeway Drive and drive for another 20 m
Turn slight left onto Lakeway Drive and drive for another 125 m
At roundabout, take exit 3 and drive for another 260 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the carpark next to the Luisini Winery on Lakeway Drive, Kingsley, head along the sealed path from the carpark onto the main loop sealed path. Turn left and continue along the path, passing behind the Luisini Winery. Follow the sealed path ahead, keeping the lake to your right, and continue the Lake Goollelal Loop.....
Directions & comments
After another 295 m turn right, to head along Lakeway Drive.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Lakeway Drive & Kingfisher Way) continue straight, to head along Lakeway Drive.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Lakeway Drive & Mallard Rise) continue straight, to head along Lakeway Drive.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Lakeway Drive & Spoonbill Grove) continue straight, to head along Lakeway Drive.
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Lakeway Drive & Verdin Lane) veer right (a highway|cycleway).
After another 730 m continue straight, to head along Woodlake Retreat.
After another 60 m turn right.
After another 300 m veer right.
After another 255 m turn right.
After another 195 m head into the "Bindaree Rotary Park".
After another 225 m pass the playground (65 m on your right).
After another 290 m continue straight.
After another 720 m continue straight.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 710 m turn right.
After another 225 m turn right.
After another 180 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Lake Goollelal Loop
45 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)