Lake Richmond is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding.
A boardwalk at scenic Lake Richmond allows visitors to view a critically endangered thrombolite community, which extends over three hectares. The dome-shaped thrombolites of Lake Richmond are built by microorganisms that resemble the earliest life on Earth-a factor which has helped scientists unravel the secrets of how life began on the planet. Some 3,500 million to 650 million years ago, such organisms were the only known life forms on Earth and the thrombolites and stromatolites they constructed dominated the clear, shallow seas of this period, forming extensive reef tracts rivalling those of modern coral reefs. Today these once-dominant organisms are restricted to just a few places. The Australian pelican, black swan, Australian shelduck, musk duck, white-faced heron and common greenshank are among the waterbirds that populate the 40ha, 15m deep Lake Richmond.