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Lake Joondalup Circuit Lake Joondalup Circuit

Urban Walk

Cycle, Gravel, Rail Trail, Touring, Road
 in Perth & Surrounds

  • Half day
  • 16 km

Walk or cycle around Lake Joondalup and enjoy the beauty of Perth’s metropolitan bushland in Yellagonga Regional Park.

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The 16km Lake Joondalup Curcuit is a well developed family friendly path around Lake Joondalup in Yellagonga Regional Park’s north. Lake Joondalup is a nature reserve and has a lot of wildlife including turtles, ducks and many other birds. Most of the banks are either swampland or reeds. 

The path is a shared path for walkers and cyclists. Start at Neil Hawkins Park and walk/cycle in clockwise direction onto the shared path next to the jetty (great place to observe long-necked freshwater turtles).

Make your way around the lake and enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna. Wildlife to be observed include tiger snakes and dugites, kangaroos, fresh water turtles, as well as numerous waterfowl. The loop also takes in children’s playgrounds, the local golf course, a boardwalk and observation tower, as well as the historic site of Neil Hawkins Park and panoramic lake views. Have a rest at one of the great picnic spots and lookouts or let your children have a play at the playground. 

Yellagonga Regional Park is easily accessible by walking, cycling, car, or public transport. It is an easy 30 minutes from the Perth CBD by car and serviced by five train stations on the Joondalup line; Greenwood, Edgewater, Currambine, Joondalup and Whitfords.

Western Australian (Perth City) Visitor Centre

(08) 9483 1111

Other Links

  • Friends of Yellagonga

    The Friends of Yellagonga are a group of local enthusiastic conservation volunteers who desire to protect and restore the bio-diversity of this regional park for current and future generations to enjoy.

  • Destination Perth

    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.

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Time / Duration

4 hours plus


16km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup, 28kms (half an hour) north of Perth.

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Trail End

Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup

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  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • All accessible parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area

Best time of year

This walk can be enjoyed the whole year round

Trail Access

Road and public transport.

Prohibited Items

Please keeps dogs on a lead
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12 trail goers have rated Lake Joondalup Circuit as 4.25 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

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gary tate

Reviewed 8 Feb 2024, 3:50pm

Lake Joondalup cycle circuit. Stunning Biodiversity, very good circuit path.
Gary Tate

Reviewed 10 Jan 2024, 11:20am

Stunning scenery & amazing biodiversity.
Great shared use paths, toilets, BBQs & drinking water are available.
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Stacey Spencer

Reviewed 9 Jul 2023, 6:53pm

All paved and lots of road walking. When close to the lake, huge numbers of water birds and a lovely outlook. Good for wheelchair access. Lots of cyclists who were mostly very good. People need to pick up after their dogs, it was all over the place 💩
Christine Martin

Reviewed 19 Nov 2022, 8:22pm

We took the train to Joondalup and walked 1.5km from the train station to Neil Hawkins Park at the Lake.
The northern and eastern sections of the trail were very disappointing due to many kms of walking beside roads with no shade and usually quite some distance away from the Lake. We were somewhat cheered though to see several Rainbow Bee-eaters.
Although the southern part of the trail skirts another busy road we were close to the water and noticed several Grebes nesting on floating platforms of water weeds and watched while one got up and turned her eggs.
The western side of the lake is by far the most enjoyable because we were walking through bush quite close to lake. All in all, we mostly enjoyed this trail and were pleased for the experience.
Nicole Murray

Reviewed 10 May 2021, 9:11am

This was a really lovely walk. Well maintained trail and not too many people.
The north part is very confusing - I thought I'd come off the trail when I was walking along very busy roads for a long time. This is the only part of the trail that doesn't really work - though did take the opportunity to have a short break at the cafe instead of walking past...
Sada Spaidal

Reviewed 9 Apr 2019, 9:11am

Overall, great loop. The West side is amazing, with a nice track and beautiful views of the lake! The East side is being worked on, so the construction/fences were a bit of a nuisance, but it will be lovely when they are done. The North end of the loop is awful and confusing. We honestly thought we were lost when we started past the mini golf and onto Wanneroo Road - its silly that this stretch is included in this nature walk. The South end, particularly behind the Baptist Church, just seems wrong and confusing.
ty ler

Reviewed 27 Jul 2018, 10:23am

it was a phat trek with the bois. Feels easier than 16km
David Davies

Reviewed 29 Dec 2017, 6:14pm

Great loop
The only let down was a small part when you had to ride alongside Wanneroo road and Joondalup drive, come on city of Joondalup let's finish the final North part of the ride around the lake.
Irina Guidara

Reviewed 30 Sep 2017, 10:01pm

I really enjoy this walk. Long but manageable even for a beginner. It takes about 3 hours to do the loop.
Jemma Wuthenow

Reviewed 3 Sep 2017, 2:23pm

We were mum and kids, 6 and 8, cycling. Was a bit long but they managed and were rewarded on the way home for good effort.
Beautiful scenery: scents, sights andsounds. Ducklings were a highlight.
Brad Marsh

Reviewed 5 Jun 2017, 7:18pm

Family of five. Loved it. Stopped at all the playgrounds. Was busy but fun.
Susie Bell-Bourne

Reviewed 4 Dec 2015, 4:25pm

Beautiful scenery and easy bike paths.....even saw some kangaroos

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