As the weather begins to warm up, it is time to head outdoors and discover what the city of Perth has to offer. If you're looking for a place to go for a leisurely walk, jog, run or ride, check out this list of local lakes and give one of them a go this weekend.
1. Lake Leschenaultia
Situated in the country town of Chidlow, this recreational lake is the perfect spot for canoeing, swimming, cycling and walking.
For walkers, there is a 3km walking trail around the lake. The path is wide and even and easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs. There is also a 6km bushwalk through the native forest, where you may be lucky enough to see local flora and fauna like kangaroos, possums, echidnas, local birdlife and wildflowers.
For riding enthusiasts, there is a 5.25km mountain biking trail that winds its way from the forest to the lake. The difficulty of the track varies throughout the course.
Lake Leschenaultia is open every day of the year. There are ample picnic areas and if you don't want to bring your own food, their cafe is open from 8am on weekends.
2. Champion Lakes
Located near Armadale, the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre is Western Australia's only purpose built rowing facility and it regularly holds a variety of events including Dragon Boat racing, canoeing and kayaking.
A 5km walk and cycle track runs around the perimeter of the man made lake and is open for members of the public to use. Champion Lakes also has a public beach, toilets, barbecue and picnic areas.
3. Bibra Lake
A 6km walk, run and cycle track weaves its way around the perimeter of Bibra Lake. On your way around be sure to take a peek through the bird hide and try your hand at spotting many types of bird that call this area home.
The large expanses of grassy areas makes it perfect for picnics and family days out. There is an entertaining playground for the children to enjoy and a coffee shop that is open from Wednesday to Sunday and every day during the school holidays and public holidays.