When it comes to waterfalls, the obvious thought is the spectacular gorges of the Kimberley, or the rushing water over granite that you’ll find in the Perth Hills.
But the south west also boasts some delightful falls of its own, including the coastal Quinninup Falls.
What is it?
Cascading down 10 metres of granite steps, when it’s in full flow, Quinninup Falls is one of the south west’s most impressive waterfalls.
Where is it?
Quinninup Falls are within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and on Wadandi boodja, about a 15 minute drive from Yallingup and 266km from Perth.
To find the falls, park at the Moses Rock Road carpark – from there it’s approximately 45 minutes’ hike there and about an hour back. Follow the path to the right (opposite the toilets and viewing platform): if you can see the Cape to Cape signs as you walk, you’re heading in the right direction! It’ll be about 2km north of the car park that you’ll find Quinninup Brook – from there the path leads to the falls.
What to do:
To make sure the falls are flowing, make sure you visit during winter and spring after heavy rains. En route to the falls, you’ll be treated to some incredibly beautiful coastal vistas, so make sure to take your time and enjoy the views!
Even though it’s a relatively short hike, make sure you still bring water and wear appropriate clothing. The track also includes sandy, uphill dunes and uneven sections, so bear that in mind with your fitness and abilities.
Quinninup Falls is a place of great importance for the Wadandi people, so stick to the track and be respectful – walk softly, care for country and don’t disturb any rock formations or plant life. Leave only footprints, take only memories!
What not to do:
As with all visits to our natural spaces, adhere to the Leave No Trace Principles: meaning don’t leave any rubbish out there, don’t pick wildflowers and try your best to look after the surrounding area. Make sure you also adhere to any fire restrictions or bans that might be in place.