In 2021, our hikers voted on their favourite hikes, and our Best of the Best was born! We share with you the best of each category, from beginner-friendly to best waterfall, views, and wildflowers.
If you haven’t made the trip out to Kalamunda to explore Lesmurdie Falls in the winter of 2021, then we urge you to chuck on your best waterproof boots, and head out to the spectacular picnickers hotspot and waterfall delight.
Taking out the best waterfall trail of 2021, you really can’t go past this little gem in the heart of the Darling Range escarpment. On a good day, be prepared to see views all the way out to Rottnest, and we rate this as one of the best Hills destinations to watch the sunset on another day in the beautiful city of Perth.
Boomerang Gorge is a collapsed cave area that can be explored as part of the short and sweet Dwerta-Mia trail, in the stunning Yanchep National Park.
We like to do things a little differently though, and also like to include a section of the Woodlands Trail, as well as a visit to the koala boardwalk before visiting the wetlands to tie it all into a blissful 8 km trail. Want something different? How about a beginner-friendly yoga experience in the cool and glorious setting of Cabaret Cave, for the incredibly popular and unique Caves Yoga and Hike experience.
Take a scenic drive out to Mount Cooke, an hour out of Perth, to adventure the 10km return section known as Sullivan Rock to Mount Cuthbert. This section will bring you some pretty incredible views, and a series of “are we nearly at the top” thought bubbles as you journey ‘Two Peaks’ to get to the expansive granite outcrop of Mount Cuthbert.
Chances are you will come across an ‘end-to-ender’ to give you some inspiration to take on the next challenge once you have well and truly caught the hiking bug.
If you are up for an all-day trail adventure, Kitty’s Gorge trail is the one to beat. At 15km return in distance, this trail has everything you might want in an advanced adventure, including gorges, running streams ( at the right time of year, of course) Serpentine Falls, and even a cemetery.
Our recommendation is to start at the Jarrahdale end of the trail, to enjoy a lunch stop by the falls at the halfway point. Trail experience is highly recommended before tackling this more technical trail.
The magic of the wildflowers of Perth in springtime is ‘everlasting’ but the best wildflower hiking trails can be found right in the heart of the CBD. With the world’s largest inner-city park boasting a collection of over 24,000 wildflowers and plants in the spring season, Kings Park is the place to explore your wild (flower) side. Don’t be fooled by the incredible span of botanical gardens though, because the true magic happens when you step out onto the bush trails and see what’s growing behind the scenes.
We are all for a sea change in the summer months, and we can’t walk past the 45km trail network of Rottnest Island for the best coastal trail experience near Perth. You can break the ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ down into 5 sections, each highlighting a unique angle of the island, from the Salt lakes and lighthouses to the Barracks and bunkers, or the West end, complete with fur seals, and the occasional whale. For the perfect half day experience, the Lakes and Bays reigns supreme, or stay a while, for a two-day glamping and trail experience, or lux it up with a three-day stay at Samphire for a comfy bed to rest your achy body after a day of adventure
Puffing and panting your way through a hike had better come with some climb-worthy views, right? For those looking for a unique and uncrowded climb-worthy view, Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary is the one to beat. Choose between The shorter Quenda trail, or the longer Numbat trail, or try the new Picnics at Paruna for something a little more unique! The sanctuary is only open May – October though and you need a booking to enter.
From the oldest permanent water supply and the first dam in WA, to the pioneering of the timber industry in Australia and Australias first wooden bridge, the Bickley Valley hosts three heritage listed sites within a 7km beginner-friendly Trail. Do some research before you head out there though, because the trail signage and historical information is limited. You can enjoy a variety of trail distances, but our trail of choice is the Victoria Reservoir Walk Trail, including sections of the Mason & Bird and the Kattamorda trails.
Taking out the best of the best in our 2021 Hiker’s Choice Awards, was the iconic Two Peaks, along the Bibbulmun Track! From incredible views to stunning trails and incredible flora, this is definitely worth the drive! As you journey ‘Two Peaks’ , be sure to stop and take in the views with the expansive granite outcrop of Mount Cuthbert.
Araluen Botanic Park
Yanchep National Park
Serpentine National Park
The Hike Collective acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we hike. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. The Hike Collective is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.
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