Perth Waterfalls Guide: Where are the best waterfalls in Perth?
After two years of tramping in the Perth Hills and in the bush, I am still very busy hunting waterfalls in winter. Some of the waterfalls I have visited are very popular while some are away from the beaten tracks and surrounded by thick bushes and vegetation. Every year I come up with a list that I try to stick to when winter comes. I try to visit one waterfall per weekend. It doesn’t help when working 45 hours per week. There is a very limited time for wandering in the Hills! Then, there are waterfalls I keep visiting in the hope of a better composition or when I last visited, there wasn’t enough water or too much water. Trust me this kind of hobby will keep you busy forever! Who said that Perth was boring? Some of those waterfalls took me some time to find, your best way to see them is to start getting out and exploring! Of course, Google, Instagram and Facebook as well as walk books and maps can help you find the most hidden waterfalls! I spent countless of hours studying the area on Google map with the satellite view turned on. It’s always good fun when out on the tracks, as it looks very different from the satellite view! I hope you enjoy my Perth Waterfalls Guide.
By far, one of the most popular waterfall in Perth. There are many walk trails available, including the upper part which is being taken care of by Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls, who created the small cascades you can see along the walk trail. The Lesmurdie falls itself seems to be a popular spot for climbing as well with a lot of young people taking on the challenge. Unfortunately, due to social media, it has become a very popular spot and the car parks can become crowded in winter during the day as everyone is keen to check the waterfalls.
FR Berry Reserve Waterfall
The walk trail brings you to a waterslide which is popular during the warm days.
A great spot with the Noble Falls Tavern being just across the road. Perfect for a quick stop when finishing the 3.5 km walk trail which will take you along the creek and back to the falls. This place is one of my favourite spots. I still haven’t found out who planted this palm tree?
Sixty Foot Falls
Sixty Foot Falls is located in Ellis Brook Valley. It’s a beautiful place located about 15 min from my house. Yet, I have only been a couple of times. There a few walk trails available to choose from and the 2km one will take you to the top of the waterfall, before descending back to the bottom. Last time I was there, I was looking to get closer to the foot of the falls by following what I thought was a walk trail but it turned out to be a kangaroo track as the trail narrowed itself and the only to get through was by crawling. So I turned back and promised myself to find another way around. So I will be back in 2019!
The forgotten Bourkes Gully. I first found it in an old book. At that time, it seems that there was significantly less vegetation and perhaps a walk trail was built right next to it? It is way harder to get to it now. In winter you can hear the water running from the old fireroad/ 4wd track. Yet, you will need to climb up first to spot it before reaching this small waterfall. It only flows after some heavy winter rains.
Heavily promoted by the Mundaring visitor centre, yet, they won’t tell you where this one is exactly. I will not tell you either, you need to find it by yourself! There are two main walk trails on each side of the creek. If you drive further along on the road, you will get amazing views on top of the hill. I have heard from the locals that it used to be often frequented by the “Valley people”. Hence, why there is an old mattress and coach on top of the hill, perhaps? There are 4 main waterfalls along the track. This rehabilitation site is also often frequented by Carnaby’s and Baudin’s black cockatoos.
Bells Rapids Waterfall
I first heard of this waterfall by a fellow mountain bike rider who was on the train on his way to Northam. From what he was telling me it was a huge waterfall as he could see it from the train. Some quick Google and satellite view searches helped me exactly pinpoint where this waterfall is located. Furthermore, I found an old photo in Rediscover Perth Outdoors, in the Walyunga National Park. The landscape has significantly changed since the photo was taken. There is no more proper “walk trail”. From what I have found online, it seems that this section is no longer supposed to be accessible by the public. What a shame. It could be a great walk with a proper walk trail. Accessing this waterfall is not the easiest part now. As there is no track, you need to find your way from the top to the bottom. The area is full of high grass and rocks. It’s not ideal as snakes can hide everywhere. That’s if you go straight down from the top. If you look closely enough, there is a nice little trail which will take you down to the bottom of the waterfall.
After heavy rains, there are actually a few waterfalls running from the top. At the bottom of the falls, you will find that someone made and installed a swing in the tree next to the falls. If you follow the water, you will find another small waterfall. Now the trickiest part is to get down. There is more to see but you will most likely need to walk up the big hill to follow the creek or I think the best way is to use the bridle trail. If you are keen to explore the area, go back to the top of the waterfall by following the track along the old fence. There is some kind of waterslide at the top.
You can read another article about Bells Rapids Waterfall here.
Just next door to the Bells Rapids Waterfalls is Bells Rapids, a very popular spot. There are a few walk trails and also mountain bike trails.
Another popular waterfall since the old time. Most likely due to the fact that it is located next to the Railway Heritage Trail. It is only full flow after heavy winter rains.
Jane Brook Waterfall
Same as for Hovea Falls, Jane Brook waterfall is located along the Railway Heritage Trail and Eagle trail.
One of my favorite spot. The walk trail takes you to 3 waterfalls. My favourite is the first one. Marrinup is also popular for the Marinup mountain bike trail which is also located on Grey road. Don’t miss the Prisoner of War Camps, also located in the area. An interesting spot full of history.
This trail is not as popular as the other ones, which is surprising as there are two main waterfalls not far from the carpark. The idea is to follow the walk trail which goes up but it’s a shame it doesn’t follow the creek.
Kitty’s Gorge Waterfalls
Another great trail. If you start from the Jarrahdale Cemetery it will take you approximately 45 min to 1 hour to reach the first big waterfall. Only the first waterfall? Yes, because they are many more along the trail until you reach Serpentine Falls. There also cascades further on the trail. The best way to explore the area is to walk one way between the Serpentine Falls car park and the Jarradhale cemetery. The walk is beautiful and take you through Gooralong Park, which used to be accessible by car before the area became part of the Serpentine National Park. It is still a beautiful place, even though no one is taking care of the facilities.
Well, that’s it for now. There are a few I have not photographed and listed in this blog post yet but I hope to be able to add a few more to the list next year so that my Perth Waterfall Guide becomes more consistent.
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