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About Recovery Walk, Toolibin Lake
Toolibin Lake is a seasonal wetland, meaning it only has water at certain times of the year. When the wetland is full its woodland trees, sheoak (Casuarina obesa) and paperbark (Melaleuca strobophylla) are partially submerged in water.
The wetland has some of the richest habitat found in the region and provides a home for many kinds of plants and animals including waterbirds. An impressive 41 species of waterbirds have been recorded at the wetland, with 24 species breeding in the reserve. The threatened red-tailed phascogale also lives there.
Where is it found?
Toolibin Lake is found in the Upper Blackwood River catchment, 200km south east of Perth. It occurs in a low rainfall area of the Wheatbelt with average annual falls between 370mm and 420mm. Some years, rainfall is well below average. Unfortunately, Toolibin Lake is one of only half a dozen wetlands of its type remaining. This type of wetland used to be common throughout the Wheatbelt but most have now become saline.
The Upper Blackwood River catchment is in the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, a biodiversity hotspot. The area is high in plant and animal diversity but has also been severely degraded.
If the lakebed is flooded, you will not be able to complete this walk. However, you can still see the inflow channel, separator gate and vegetation around the lake edge. Observe how the vegetation changes along the walk. Look for lichen on trees that marks high water when the lake floods. Imagine water depths reaching over your head. Watch for old nests used by waterbirds when the lake floods.
Be trail ready for Recovery Walk, Toolibin Lake
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Approximately 45 minutes
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Toolibin Lake carpark is off Wickepin-Harrismith Rd, 235km (2 h 45 min) (232km) south east of Perth
No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
Best time of year
April to November
Prohibited ItemsNo pets.
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Toolibin LakeIn February 2017, Toolibin Lake filledfor the first time since the early 1990s.
Toolibin Lake full of water is a lovely sight.
The 'lake' in drier times.
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