Hills & Bushland

Best Of The Hills & Bushland

All the best hiking of Western Australia happens in the Perth Hills.  Close enough for a half day trip, and far enough from the city for a slow pace time-out,  there is an abundance of trails with differing views, features, and difficulties.  Unwind along a winding path through towering gums, and marvel in the magic of valley views.

Lesmurdie Falls, Kalamunda

Experience one of the best views of Perth City at Sunset from the top of one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the Darling Range escarpment.  Lesmurdie Falls provides multiple walking trails from the shoulder lookout, to the falls loop, offering families and dog lovers a chance to get out and explore.

Nestled in the heart of Kalamunda,  and an often buzzing sunset destination, you will be sure to love the views after your ‘build your own’ hike adventure at Lesmurdie Falls.

Heritage Trail, John Forrest National Park

John Forrest National Park is WA’s first National Park, and is filled with amazing hiking trails, dams, and waterfalls.

With over 8 different hiking options within John Forrest National Park,  there is something on offer for everybody.  The Railways Reserves Heritage Trail though, provides you with the best of the best. Choose to walk 4km or 40km as you enjoy the history, views, and landscape.  From the Swan View Tunnel, to Hovea Falls, and the Parkerville Pub, there is something along this trail for every hiker.

John Forrest National Park is set in jarrah forest still largely in its natural state. The uplands are dominated by jarrah and marri. The valley floor features flooded gum, swamp peppermint and paperbarks.

Baldwins Bluff & Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine National Park

Serpentine National Park is the home of the iconic Serpentine Falls and provides hikers with two very enjoyable hiking trails.

Head up to Baldwins Bluff on the 5km uphill adventure, and look down over the Serpentine Falls and the Valley below.

If you are after more distance, head off on the Kitty’s Gorge trail for a longer 15km return hike.

Also along the Kitty’s Gorge trail you will come across the Kitty’s Gorge herself.  A beautiful spot tucked away in the National Park.  In the drier months you can pack a picnic and enjoy it on top of the Gorge, or in the cooler months, there is plenty of room alongside it to watch the water flow.

Bibbulmun Track, Mundaring

As a tiny section of the 1000km trail, you can enjoy a nice day or half day hike along the Bibbulmun Track from Mundaring.

Whether you want to hike the 20km into Kalamunda to the Northern Terminus of the trail, or towards the Perth Hills Discovery Centre for a short family fun day, there are plenty of hiking options for the whole family.

Enjoy views across the Valley, or walk across the Mundaring Weir and enjoy the rich history of the CY O’Connor Pipeline.

Bibbulmun Track, Mt Cooke

The famous Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia. The hiking options along the Bibbulmun in Mt Cooke can give you magnificent views and provide a day hike without much of a drive.

Sullivan Rock will be your starting point, and you can chose either Mt Cooke for a 22km return hike or Mt Cuthbert for a 10km return hike.  Mt Cooke is the highest peak in the Darling Ranges and highlights typical darling scarp bushland of ghost gums, jarrah and banksias. Explore the elusive hidden cave just past the summit of Mt Cooke, along with plenty of giant boulders, and large sloping granite outcrops.

Bells Rapids, Brigadoon

Bells rapids is a perfect spot for enjoying the beauty of nature, and the verocious sounds of the rapids rushing down the Swan River.  This hotspot is also great viewpoint for the annual Avon descent.

There are two hikes available at Bells Rapids, including a beginner friendly River Trail, and the hill option takes you up the Goat Trail and back along the river to finish, but this option packs a punch with a strong climb at the beginning.

Sixty Foot Falls, Gosnells

Ellis Brook Valley Reserve hosts the beautiful Sixty Foot Falls.  A stunning location to see some beautiful wildflowers, and also enjoy amazing city views.  There are two main hiking options here, the main one being the Sixty Foot Falls Loop which will take you up to the top of the falls, and then back down past the quarry.

The second option is the Blue Wren Trail which starts at the first carpark in the park, and will take you through the bushland and up to the foot of the falls, and attaches onto the Falls loop.  This is our favourite, as it provides a more substantial distance (5km instead of only 3km) and a more varied hiking experience.

Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow

Lake leschenaultia is a popular holiday spot in Chidlow, about 45 minutes from Perth.  With numerous trails surrounding the lake, there are options for the entire family to enjoy.  If you enjoy mountain biking, then make sure to bring your bikes, as there is a selection of fabulous downhill MTB tracks here too!

 

Lake leschenaultia has campsites, cafes, and kayaks for hire, to top off your day of exploring, and hiking.

Whistlepipe Gully, Kalamunda

Whistlepipe gully is a beautiful spot to take your four legged friends, and children. The hike trail highlights cascading water down the gully, rocky outcrops to snap some panoramic pics of the city skyline, and the most glorious woodland feel, all just a short 30 minute drive from Perth.  At a short and sweet 4km hike, this is a great starting point for the beginner adventurer.

Ghost House Trail, Yanchep National Park

Lake leschenaultia is a popular holiday spot in Chidlow, about 45 minutes from Perth.  With numerous trails surrounding the lake, there are options for the entire family to enjoy.  If you enjoy mountain biking, then make sure to bring your bikes, as there is a selection of fabulous downhill MTB tracks here too!

 

Lake leschenaultia has campsites, cafes, and kayaks for hire, to top off your day of exploring, and hiking.

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Silver At Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

The Hike Collective took home silver in the New Tourism Business Category in the 2019 WA tourism Awards, which recognise and reward excellence in the Western Australian Tourism Industry.

The Awards are a submission based process and aim to publicly recognise those businesses committed to excellence in the delivery of their product and/or service and making a significant contribution to the Western Australian tourism industry.

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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