Lakes, Dams & Waterfalls

Best Of The Lakes, Dams & Waterfalls

The hidden treasures of lakes, dams & waterfalls is often on the top of the search lists when it comes to finding a good hiking trail to enjoy around Perth. Our National Parks are flooded with good water based hiking options, but they often go undiscovered.  We like to include gorges, and rapids in this section too, because they can be just as rewarding as a good waterfall in winter.

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.

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.

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.

Serpentine Falls & Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine National Park

Serpetine National Park is the home of the iconic Serpentine Falls.  For a paddle in the summer, to rushing water in the winter, the Serpentine Falls provide a great spot to sit and enjoy the view post hike.  Head up to Baldwins Bluff on the 5km uphill adventure, or head out of 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.

Mundaring Weir, Mundaring

Located in natural bushland in the Perth Hills, about 40 minutes from Perth, Mundaring Weir is one of the world’s greatest engineering projects. The weir was built to completion in 1903 and was the start of the water pipeline to take water to the goldfields of Kalgoorlie, over 700 kilometres away.

There are several hiking trail options from Mundaring weir, including the Kep Track, and two different directions of the Bibbulmun Track.  Head South towards the South Ledge lookout, or head North to the Perth Hills Discovery centre.

You’ll see beautiful native plants, animals and plenty of kangaroos, and you can walk across the Weir and marvel at the massive dam.

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.

Glenbrook Dam & Hovea Falls, John Forrest National Park

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

As you first enter the park, you will see the Glenbrook dam to your left hand side. There is a beautiful little 2.5km hike that will take you around the dam as a great beginner and child friendly loop.

The waterfall highlights two waterfalls that flow during winter and spring. Experience Hovea Falls, which cascade down a large granite sheet and National Park Falls, which drops sharply over 20 metres of sheer rock face.

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.

Wardun Beeliar Bidi, Mosman Park

Follow the Swan River to where it meets the ocean while hiking along one of Perth’s best urban hike trails, the scenic “Wardun Beeliar Bidi” Trail, making up a section of the Whadjuk Trail network.

Located at Chidley Reserve, Mosman Park, the start of this hike will find you at a secluded beach with beautiful cliff face views, and lapping water at your feet.  Follow the trail along boardwalks through parks and bushlands, and along the rivers edge.  Enjoy the WWII Leighton battery bunker as you approach the ocean for some rich history, and sit back to take in the views out to the ocean. A great 9km return option, or continue on to complete the full 17km loop.

Loch McNess, Yanchep National Park

Experience the wilderness areas of Yanchep National Park, exploring the wetlands landscape in the Swan Coastal Plain. With limestone caves and cliffs, koala colonies, wildflowers and ghostly ruins, you will be immersed in Jarrah and Tuart woodlands as you hike beside Loch Mcness, and be amazed by the beauty and rich heritage of Yanchep National Park.

The beautiful hiking trails around Loch Mcness will be sure to be enjoyed by all.

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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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