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Forrestdale Lake Trail, Forrestdale Forrestdale Lake Trail, Forrestdale

Bush Walk

Urban Walk, Trail Running
 in Perth & Surrounds

  • 1-3 hours
  • 6 km
    • Bush Walk Class 2

      Easy trail with modified or hardened surface, and gentle hills or occasional steps. Clear directional signage. No bushwalking experience required. May be suitable for assisted wheelchair users (if ramps are provided at steps).

The Forrestdale Lake Trail, starting in Skeet Memorial Park, circles the lake and offers great opportunities for birdwatching. This family friendly trail is suitable for all levels of bushwalking and trail running.

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This six kilometre circuit is an easy self guided trail - grab a copy of the free Armadale Walks and Trails booklet from the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre. The lake has some interesting history which you can read about on several plaques near the viewing platform and there are information boards to assist with wildlife identifcation located near the Moore Street parking area. Take a stroll with some binoculars and be amazed by the birdlife here.

Previously known as Jandakot Lake, the lake is a crucial wetland of the Swan Coastal Plain and adds to important wildlife corridors, particularly for birdlife. In 1974 it was listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international significance for migratory birds and renamed Forrestdale Lake. The lake and adjoining bushland provide shelter and nesting places for up to 72 waterbird and 74 'bush' bird species, 7 species of frogs, 15 species of reptiles, and marsupials and mammals (with some of these birds travelling annually from as far away as Siberia).

The area was originally called East Jandakot but was renamed Forrestdale in April 1915. The Lake Jandakot Sailing Club, formed in 1957 with the support of the Armadale Rotary Club and the Armadale-Kelmscott Road Board, sailed the lake however the club was closed in 1964 when the lake became too dry for sailing.

There is a large section of the trail, from Broome Street to the Commercial Road bollards, suitable for wheelchairs and prams. 


Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre

(08) 9394 5410

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Time / Duration



6km circuit


Mostly level

What To Pack

Group A - Urban Trails (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Skeet Memorial Park, Forrestdale

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Class 2

Easy trail with modified or hardened surface, and gentle hills or occasional steps. Clear directional signage. No bushwalking experience required. May be suitable for assisted wheelchair users (if ramps are provided at steps).

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Hazards & Warnings

Water, reeds and nesting birds attract tiger snakes. Be careful, especially if you leave the trail.


Public toilets available at Forrestdale Hall, Weld Street Forrestdale, variable opening hours.

  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • View Platform
  • Child Activities
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

Suitable all year

Trail Access

2WD road access. Parking available at Skeet Park on Moore Street and also along Broome Street.

Prohibited Items

Dogs and off road vehicles.

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