One of the best things about a winter in Perth are those chilly day trips to the Perth Hills in search of flowing waterfalls! It’s the best time of year to rug up and head out for a bushwalk to a beautiful waterfall, followed by a cosy lunch at a historic hill’s hotel or cosy café. The Perth Hills are jam packed with Perth’s best waterfalls. Our tip is to visit in Winter or early spring, especially to catch some wildflowers too.
Here’s our big guide to Perth’s best waterfalls;
Lesmurdie Falls, Lesmurdie
Lesmurdie Falls, found just 30-minutes’ drive from the Perth CBD. The popular picnic and bushwalk spot, is found on the edge of the Perth Hills, in Mundy Regional Park. From the main carpark on Falls Road, take an easy 400m stroll along concrete and gravel paths to the stunning 50-meter waterfall.
There are two lookout points, with views to the city, over the airport – on a clear day you can even see the lighthouse on Rotto. Toilets and picnic tables are on site. You will need to take your own drinking water. Read more in the Seniorocity review.
Find Lesmurdie Falls at Falls Road, Lesmurdie.
Whistlepipe Gully, Kalamunda
Whistlepipe Gully, is also found in Mundy Regional Park, is a short drive north of Lesmurdie Falls. The gravel trail is a steep walk down the edge of the escarpment, through lush bush, and babbling streams to some little waterfalls.
You’ll find these when you come to a clearing, with what appears to be building foundations all around the creek. In the 1960s, this area was a private property, the “Wallace Greenham House”. By all accounts, it was a stunning Japanese style home, built by an architect right over the creek. The Whistlepipe Gully trail is also dog-friendly.
Find Whistlepipe Gully carpark at Lewis Road, Forrestfield.
60ft falls at Ellis Brook, Martin
Whether you love a hike with family, friend or fur babies, Ellis Brook Valley Reserve is a must visit! This spot has been recognised as the richest wildflower location in the Perth metro area. Also, Ellis Brook is home to a 60-foot waterfall.
There’s not one, but four walk trails of varying degrees of difficulty, to pick. These range from an Easy Walk Trail, with wheelchair/pram access to the bushland, to the more difficult Sixty Foot Falls Trail, which takes you to the top of the waterfall, rewarding you with spectacular city views. The waterfall flows seasonally, depending on rainfall.
Find Ellis Brook Valley Reserve on Rushton Road, Martin.
Of course, Araluen is known mainly for its spectacular spring show of colourful tulips. Beyond the lawns, there are native bush areas, alongside babbling streams and little waterfalls. It’s well worth discovering for yourself.
As well as this, a man-made waterfall is found at The Grove of the Unforgotten, which was built in memory of 88 Australians killed in World War I. The Grove is formed by is a series of terraces, which water cascades down to a pool of reflection. Read more in the Seniorocity review.
Find Araluen at 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone.
John Forrest National Park, Hovea
At John Forrest National Park, WA’s first national park, there are two waterfalls to visit. The beautiful picnic spot also has loads of wildlife to spot – especially kangaroos. You can see these best laying by the Wildflower Tavern.
The National Park Falls are just over a kilometre walk from the main picnic area. Here you’ll enjoy a view of Jane Brook and beyond. Hovea Falls is an easy 2km return walk or cycle from the main picnic area. Read more in the Seniorocity review.
Find John Forrest National Park at Park Road, Hovea. (entry fee payable)
Nobel Falls, Gidgegannup
Noble Falls, just outside of Gidgegannup, is a gorgeous spot for a walk or picnic. It has everything you need for a lovely day out! The waterfalls are best visited in winter and early spring, when they should be in full flow. As the carpark is located right at the falls, it’s an ideal spot to visit for those who aren’t able to walk far. Read more in the Seniorocity review.
Noble Falls Picnic Area is located on Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup.
Serpentine National Park
Serpentine National Park is found at the southern end of the Perth Hills. There’s picnic facilities and toilets. Be sure to take a walk to the falls, or to Kitty’s Gorge. Our tip – if it’s a sunny weekend or public holiday, call ahead of time to make sure the park isn’t at capacity or get there early or you may be turned away if the Park is full.
Find Serpentine National Park at the end of Falls Road, Serpentine (Entry Fee).
Have we missed any of your best Perth waterfalls? Let us know in the comments below!
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