Serpentine Falls, The Peel Region
Summer is about to start, but before the heat wave sets in, go and explore some of the impressive waterfalls in Perth.
When you think Perth, you may not think waterfalls. However, there are some hidden gems. Plus, the prolonged winter-like weather and abundant amount of rain have extended the waterfall seeking opportunities this year, making it a great outdoor day for everyone. You'll fall in love with the falls - but you have to be quick to catch them! As the weather improves for outdoor activities, this is the perfect time to seize the day and the opportunity, before it dries up!
After all the bad weather, it's time to reap the benefits, so don't delay! As the temperatures rise, the rivers will diminish, and the waterfalls in Perth will subside for the summer.
The Serpentine Falls are at the end of the Falls Walk. A short 400m walk from the Serpentine Falls carpark. Located near beautiful Armadale, this charming region is a 40 minute drive from Perth and is a paradise for hikers with 28 trails in the region. Some of the trails are outlined here. Armadale is known for its natural beauty and is a good location to relax, unwind and spend some time with mother nature. There are many other things to do in Armadale, click here for the full range of options, and calendar of events. You may be surprised by the variety of Armadale attractions.
Hovea Falls are based in John Forrest National Park. Excellent for short hike enthusiasts, or for families, Hovea Falls is one of the lovely picnic spots Perth boasts. This 2km return walk is located near Perth Hills. This region is a short 45 minute drive from Perth and offers stunning scenery, scenic drives, and bountiful wildlife. For anyone that enjoys the countryside, Perth Hills and the Hovea Falls must be on your list of things to see and do in Perth during your weekend, or any visit. To know what else, you can partake in, to fill your days in the Perth Hills - click here.
The Falls, Perth Hills. Image by Mike Albany
The Noble Falls is 3.5km/45 minutes from the car park. This waterfall in Perth is also located in the Perth Hills. The walk along Wooroloo Brook is enchanting all year, with birds and wildlife. To search more about Noble Falls click here. For people who enjoy photography, there are many wildflowers blooming from the spring time. While you are in the area, why not spend the night at one of the charming bed and breakfast or Perth Hills' accommodation options and make it an entire weekend. There are many other things to do around the area, click here to compile a full agenda.
Bells Rapids Falls
Looking for a scenic walk? This moderate hike will not only end on a high note with the Bells Rapids Falls, but will also offer spectacular views of the countryside and coastal plains. You may also be accompanied by Grey Kangaroos on certain occasions. The Bells Rapids Falls are located in the heart of the Swan Valley, only around 25 minutes drive from Perth. The Swan Valley is WA's oldest wine growing region, so top off the hike with some well-deserved food and Swan Valley wine tasting, before the end of the day. Don't stop at waterfalls, explore the full Swan Valley Humane food region. There are many places to visit in the Swan Valley. Find more to do here.
Sixty Foot Falls (Ellis Brook Valley)
This is a well-kept secret! To get to the Sixty Foot Falls, the walk is short (2.1km), but steep. However, once at the top, hikers will have their breath taken away by the majesty of the Sixty Foot Falls, the views of the city, and the valley. Explore more about the region here, else learn more about the trails here. Also located in Armadale, this is the perfect spot for city and nature lovers to get away from it all, being only a 40 minute drive from Perth. For more information on Armadale, click here.
Lesmurdie Falls, Perth Hills. Image by Steve Sarich
Also in the Perth Hills region, this waterfall is located in the Lesmurdie Falls National Park, and is known to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls of the area. Its inland trails can be accessed by hikers and non-hikers alike, and there's wonderful opportunities to view nature at its best, with some trail information and tips on further spots here. For visitors just wanting to see the waterfall, the trail starts at the top of the falls and there is a short walk to the viewing platform. For hike lovers, there is the possibility for a longer walk from the base of the falls. Make sure to check the other national parks and state forests around Perth Hills here. Try a new one every weekend to keep active!
Waterfalls in Perth are a great opportunity to spend some time in nature, whilst discovering new areas and picturesque locations. It's surprising the number of diverse picnic spots Perth has to be proud of! Why not make a holiday of it! In case you feel like a road trip or weekender, there are many other areas around Perth to add to your list of places to see. Here are Experience Perth's top destinations. So there's no excuse! You should never be stuck for things to see and do in Perth!
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