We love our beaches in Perth, and as the weather starts to warm up the beach’s lure is oh-so-tempting. Sometimes though you can’t get down early enough to beat the pesky sea breeze. Or perhaps you’re just not feeling the sand between your toes today.

Fortunately there are plenty of inland swimming holes, lakes and rivers just begging for exploration. As we’re still heading out of winter, your chances for an in-land dip are still good, although best hurry before things get too dry out there.

Serpentine Falls

One of Perth’s most popular day trip spots, Serpentine Falls is only 55kms southeast of the city. Get there soon to see it still flowing, and make sure you get there early to beat the crowds. Gates open at 8.30am with an $11 park fee, and there’s plenty of walking trails to hit before cooling off in the water.

Photo by @campertrippinoz


Lane Poole Reserve

A little further out in Dwellingup, Lane Poole Reserve occupies 50,000ha along the Murray River. There’s plenty of space for activities (thinking mountain biking, canoeing, SUPing, bushwalking), and it’s a popular camping spot if you want to make a weekend of it.

Photo by @lilly.jane


Black Diamond Lake

Arguably one of WA’s favourite Instagram spots, it’s distance from Perth does help to thin out crowds – a little. Epic for a lazy day by the water, it’s still not set up for large crowds so please treat it with respect! Just over two hours away near Collie, check the water conditions in advance.

Photo by @resisadventure


Honeymoon Pool

If the bright blue water, clay shoreline and selfie crowds of Black Diamond ain’t your thing, Honeymoon Pool is close by and worth it. It’s a small camping spot on the Collie River, drenched in Peppermint Tree shade and very chill. Camping’s $15/night, but organise ahead as there’s only 20 spots available.

Photo by @francisandrijich


Wungong Dam

Wungong Dam is nice and close, just past Armadale. Ideal for a picnic lunch, there’s a nifty little recreation lake at the bottom of the dam for a swim. Model boat enthusiasts also frequent, and if you get there before summer truly sets in wildflowers abound. Check ahead in bushfire season though!

Please note that swimming in the dam is illegal but that people can go downstream of the dam wall.

Photo by @brittmariegoodgerne


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Rocky Pool

Rocky Pool is another great spot close by. In amidst the Kalamunda Hills, there’s a challenging (but not too hectic) 5km walk filled with wildflowers, wildlife and valley views. The pool isn’t huge, so make sure you share. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous it’s also part of the Bibbulmun Track.

Photo by @emmagallagherr_


Lake Leschenaultia

Head to Chidlow, just 50 minutes east of Perth, to find the expansive Lake Leneschaultia. You can hire canoes or just walk off the white sandy beaches and hit the pontoon. Explore on foot via the 3km walking trail, fire up a barbecue or hit Reflections Café right on the water.

Photo by @mykindaphotos


Barrabup Pool

Nestled within St John’s Brook in Nannup is Barrabup Pool, a picturesque swimming hole which is a bit less crowded than some of the above-mentioned hot spots. Camping is an option and head there during the right season for some fishing and marronning.

Photo by @suburban_by_nature


Bicton Baths

This one’s for those who really can’t be arsed travelling. On the Swan River in Bicton (duh), there’s a 30m+ pool and heated geothermal hydrotherapy pool right next to the popular Bicton Baths. Enjoy spectacular Swan River views and some dolphin spotting while you’re at it.

Photo by @tall.stories


North Dandalup Dam

North Dandalup Dam is the perfect picnic location, with plenty of grassed areas by the water to set up for lunch. Swimming is prohibited due to health risks, but it doesn’t seem to slow many people down. If you do want to get wet, maybe keep your head above water!

Please note that swimming in the dam is illegal but that people can go downstream of the dam wall.

Photo by @rebecamadosa


Bonus:

Injidup Natural Spa

Alright so it is technically on a beach, but you’d be unlucky to find a shark slipping over the rocks into Injidup’s beautiful natural spa. The turbulent ocean rushes in to create a delightful “spa” experience, one that can get pretty crowded. Try pop down early or late on a warm summer’s night.

Photo by @katymcx

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Header image via VisitBunburyGeographe.

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