Lake Jasper is the largest fresh water lake in South Western Australia. This pristine lake is situated amongst vegetated dunes and fed by underground water. Together with Lake Wilson and Lake Smith, Lake Jasper forms part of a wetland system. While the natural beauty of the lake is dazzling, the multitude of birds is an unforgettable experience.
The campsites are well designed to ensure maximum privacy which means you are surrounded by native vegetation. Early morning and just before sunset the bush erupts with the sounds of the various birds. We were especially charmed by an awesome male wren and his two females. Taking a picture of the elusive male wren was impossible – he merely darted out to flash his brilliant colours.
I bet by now you want to know how to get there! This is definitely a 4WD adventure. Lake Jasper is situated inside D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Follow the Vasse Highway out of Nannup, turn right into Scott Road (4WD track) and finally turn right into Lake Jasper Road. I have to mention that once again your timing when visiting Lake Jasper is crucial. During winter (our wet season) the tracks might become muddy and inaccessible.
Another fabulous place worth mentioning is Eastern Beach. It is a short stroll along a track from the camping sites. White sands and clear water makes this spot a perfect location in many ways!
As it is in a National Park an entrance fee applies. There is also a small fee for camping. The lake itself is a great spot for canoeing and swimming. Picnic tables, fire rings and toilets are provided, but no running water.
An interesting fact that I came across is that Lake Jasper is also an Aboriginal archaeological site of significant importance. It contains Australia’s only underwater prehistoric site of human habitation. More photos.