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Lake Richmond (Aboriginal Australian name: Naragebup) is a freshwater lake in Rockingham, Western Australia. It is approximately 1,000 m × 600 m (3,300 ft × 2,000 ft), with an area of 40 ha (99 acres), and is 15 m (49 ft) deep in the centre. It is believed to be named after the London borough.Use our Rockingham trip website to add Lake Richmond and other attractions to your Rockingham vacation plans.
The lake is less than 1 km (0.62 mi) from the coast, having separated from the ocean at Cockburn Sound within the last 4,000 years.
The shallow waters within about 15 metres (49 ft) of the edges of the lake are home to thrombolites, estimated to be about six million years old. The internal structure of the thrombolites is believed to be unique in the world.
Before 1960, the lake's salinity was 2000–3500 mg/L. In the 1960s it was used as part of an urban drainage scheme; the Water Board constructed inlet and outlet drains. Subsequently the salinity level dropped to 300–400 mg/L.
A boardwalk extends approximately 115 m (377 ft) into the lake.
Water birds that inhabit the area include the Australian pelican, black swan, Australian shelduck, musk duck, white-faced heron and common greenshank. The lake is home to the Swan River goby (Pseudogobius olorum), eastern mosquitofish, sea mullet, goldfish and yabbies.
The lake was used as a source of fresh water by the local indigenous Noongar people, as well as the settlers of the Swan River Colony.
The 10th Light Horse Regiment had a camp near the lake during the war years.
In 2017, the lake was given a permanent entry on the State Register of Heritage Places. It also listed on the WA Register of Aboriginal Sites, as RAS #15974.
Lake Richmond reviews
Here for a couple of months again with family in Rockingham. We love walking around here to photograph the wildlife. Unfortunately not much around this time. Maybe next time. more »
This lake has lots of History which dates back many centuries ago, the aboriginals camped here and used it for food and drink. During the First World War the soldiers from Perth camped and trained.... more »
Fabulous bird life, both water and terrestrial. Birds of prey abound. A lovely viewing platform on the eastern side and the walk is just gorgeous.
Very nice lake
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