Let’s face it. In the chilly months of winter on the west coast, you need something pretty impressive to tempt you into the outdoors, right? Well, get in the mood because we have an epic lineup of winter-worthy hiking trails right here in Perth. Whether the mood strikes for waterfalls, coastal views or lush landscapes, Western Australia is home to hiking trails that embrace the cold and wet and still manage to put on a show.
Lesmurdie Falls. No need for stomping through muddy trails and puddles to get to the goods on this trail. A short 30-minute drive from Perth into the beautiful hills of the darling scarp, the rushing waterfall of late winter will make you think you are in a different world. From top to bottom, there are spots to stop and take it all in, watch the sunset if the clouds permit, or simply sit back and take it in.
John Forrest National Park
If lush landscapes are what your heart desires, then pack a thermos of hot cocoa, and a cozy blanket and head to John Forrest National Park for the ultimate collection of trails to spark adventure while staying relatively clean and dry! Cozy up and watch the sunset atop the rocky outcrops of Eagle View lookout, or sip a cuppa tea or cocoa while watching the waters flow at one of the two National Park waterfalls. Escape the rain in the Swan View tunnel, and marvel at the kangaroos frolicking as they hop by.
Keen for a little more adventure? Take a hike on the Wildside, and explore the coastal marvel of Rottnest Island in winter. With over 45 km of trail heaven, you will feel like you have stepped into another universe as you traverse the private trails, and notice as the island transforms into a completely new playground to adventure from the typical summer swims that you might be accustomed to. The luxury of the quokka bus means your adventure can be as long or as short as you (or the weather) decides, and you can warm up in one of the many stunning cafes, restaurants, or hotels after.
Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary
Our last winter wonder is Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary. This private sanctuary comes alive with the first drops of winter rain, and with an abundance of incredible wildlife and wildflowers on display, as well as some heart-starting ( and body-warming) stairs, your adventure is equally warming as it is rewarding!