Hungover weekends are so passé – getting outside and into nature has become the average Perth-goer’s favourite new past time. If you’re wondering where to get started, here’s a bunch of different options with something to suit all experience, fitness and skill levels.
Bluff Knoll (Stirling Range National Park)
Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in the Stirling Range National Park and the third highest peak in all of W.A. The return hike itself is 6kms in length and usually takes around 3-4 hours to complete. The track is clearly marked but is at times fairly steep and rough. It is recommended that only those with an at least a moderate level of fitness attempt the hike. A 5-hour drive south of Perth will get you to the car park at the base of the trail (so perhaps plan some overnight accomodation).
Oh and unbeknown to most; if you’re lucky you might even spot a quokka hiding in the bushes on your way up! Read our full guide here.
Photo by @alicia_britton
Rocky Pool Walk (Perth Hills)
The Rocky Pool walk is a 5km loop in the Kalamunda National Park with beautiful seasonal wildflowers and abundant wildlife along the way. The walk only takes between 1-2 hours but does have some slightly difficult, steep loose descents. The highlight of the walk is the rock pool itself (pictured below), which is often only filled with water during the wetter months or soon after significant periods of rainfall. Read our full guide here.
Photo by @soups_tony
WA’s famed Bibbulmun Track stretches for over 1000kms, all the way from Kalamunda up in the hills down to Albany and the south coast. It’s an incredible walk with nine challenging sections, some more challenging than others. In terms of proximity to Perth, one of the more popular sections is the 12km loop from Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnock’s Campsite, out near Jarrahdale. There are plenty of hills to tackle, but the rewarding views atop places like Mount Vincent and Mount Cuthbert are absolutely worth it. The Bibbulmun Track WEBSITE is your best starting to point to see which area of the Bibbulmun Track you want to tackle.
Photo by @_davidgold_
Bald Head (Albany)
Located in Torndirrup National Park in Albany, the Bald Head Walk Trail is a moderately challenging 12.5 kilometre return hike, providing stunning views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound. The return walk takes between 3-6 hours and is recommended only to those with a reasonable level of fitness and experience. We’ve broken down the whole walk for you RIGHT HERE.
Photo by @whatisanooka
One of the most popular walking trails close to Perth, at 16km the Kitty’s Gorge Trail will take you around half a day to complete, and it’s a beautiful trek. Following the Serpentine River and Gooralong Brook, there’s plenty of water falls and granite outcrops along a sometimes tricky path with uneven ground. Best accessed from either the cemetery carpark in Jarrahdale on Atkins Rd, or Serpentine Falls carpark – finish there to cool off at the end of the day. There are a variety of shorter walks in the are too, enough to keep you busy for many weekends to come.
Photo by @eileenwong9
Summit Trail (Mount Augustus)
The Summit Trail takes walkers up to the top of the biggest “rock” in the world, Mount Augustus or Burringurrah as it is known by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people, which at 717 metres high, is twice as tall as Uluru. The climb to the top provides extensive views over the vast surrounding plains and distant ranges. During dawn and dusk, its colour changes almost minute by minute from deep indigo to bright pink, orange or red and occasionally green. The challenging return trail is 12kms in length and generally takes around 6-8 hours to complete.
Mount Augustus is very remote; the nearest city is Carnarvon, which is 430 kilometres west from the mountain – so please plan accordingly.
Photo by @saltysummits
Another popular – and challenging – trail close(ish) to Perth, the 11km Echidna Trail loop lies within the glorious Walyunga National Park. Following some sections of the Avon River, it also passes through some stunning marri/wandoo woodlands, with plenty of steep sections. It’s also a wonderful wildflower and bird spotting walk, and the views of Avon Valley from Woodsome Hill are spectacular. Best tackle it anti-clockwise to avoid steep, sometimes slippery descents.
Photo by @offthegrid_365
Castle Rock (Albany)
Castle Rock is located in the Porongurup National Park, just a 45-minute drive north from Albany. A two-kilometre walk from the Castle Rock picnic area will take you to the rock’s lower lookout. Reaching the granite skywalk upper lookout requires scrambling through and over rocks and climbing a 6-metre ladder. The return walk takes around 1-3 hours. Read our full guide here.
Photo by @mayhem85
Eagle View Walk Trail
Located within the epic surrounds of the popular John Forrest National Park, the 15km Eagle View Walk Trail will help you find a few nooks and crannies away from the weekend crowds. It winds its way through a variety of different vegetation and landscape types, with fantastic views of the Swan Coastal Plain and a great little pit stop at Hovea Falls. It’s a challenging trail that can take anywhere between four and seven hours depending on your abilities/fitness, but very much worth the journey.
Photo by @hayleeriddell
King Jarrah Walk Trail
Located in delightful Dwellingup about 100km south of Perth, the King Jarrah Walk Trail links up with popular swimming hole Lane Poole Reserve. Kicking off at Nanga Mill and taking around five hours to complete, it follows the river for long sections, has a few steep areas and is littered with huge jarrah trees. There’s a bit of history to the area too with the old logging railway helping to form some of the walk, plus you can take your dog (on a lead at all times).
Photo by @annaaaaaabelle
More like this:
Everything You Need To Know: Bluff Knoll
Everything You Need To Know: Rocky Pool
Everything You Need To Know: Castle Rock Granite Skywalk
The Best Multi Day Hikes in WA
The Best Waterfall Hikes in Perth
Cover photo by Chelle Fisher