Lake Joondalup is more of a wetlands than a lake as such, and is certainly not deep. Barely a metre. It’s one of a chain of remaining wetlands that once ran down parallel to the coast, and includes Hyde Park which, unlike the others (Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake) was transformed in the 1900’s into an ‘ornamental’ park. Only the ponds remain there. Lake Joondalup, like Herdsman lake – & Lake Monger, is a refuge for water birds, and until recently, this lake was dry. Herdsman Lake, despite being a wildlife refuge, is suffering from too much development. lake Monger, for the moment, despite being in a heavily built up area, us safe, and has been somewhat landscaped. Lake Joondalup is the wildest of all of them, though the bush surrounding it is not very deep at all.
I was hoping to see the black cockatoos which a friend told me are here, but saw none. All we saw were ibis & ducks apart from the 2 heron (there were more) that I managed to photograph.
It’s such a vast space that I really felt the limitations of my little point-and-shoot camera. It didn’t have enough zoom 😦
The water was incredibly still and the lake is fringed by reed beds which are throughout the space where the water should be.
In areas where there were no reeds, the fringing bush (mostly paperbark from what I could see) were reflected in the water. the light was weird, changing from cloudy and cool to abruptly sunny & humid and a wee bit unpleasant.
After we had a little picnic on the western-ish side of the lake, we walked and then drive around to the eastern side. From here, a smoke haze from a bushfire further north was visible and we could smell the smoke.
And here, behind where we had out picnic, a sea of roofs across the waters of the lake:
These are looking north, into the smoke haze.
Next post: trees, but I’ll leave that for tomorrow. I am thinking it is possibly worth returning. There is a lake in the grounds of the university…