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It’s too hot to walk in summer, but winter and spring are perfect to
venture out on a walking trail near you. You are spoiled for choice in
Western Australia, especially with wildflower and whale season upon us.
Here, we list a few options – don’t forget to take the family and your best
Mt Matilda Walk Trail,
Wongon Hills 7km loop (3 hours),
shorter option 4.8km (2 hours)
Set amongst an impressive
landscape of natural bushland, a
sea of wheat fields, rocky outcrops
and 1300 wildflower species, this
is a spectacular walk, especially in
spring. Drive out via New Norcia
and make a day of it.
Eagles View Walk,
John Forrest National
Park 15km loop (5-6 hours)
This circuit walk around John
Forrest National Park offers
great views across the Swan
Coastal Plain to the City and
ocean in the distance. The Track
passes through varied vegetation
types including heathlands,
open wandoo woodlands and
mixed jarrah-marri wandoo
forest which comes alive in the
Meekadarabee Falls Trail,
Margaret River 2km return
Beginning at Ellensbrook
Homestead, a paved path leads
to a wooden boardwalk beside a
stream, gradually descending into
a valley with ancient peppermint
trees, and ending at Meekadarabee
Falls. From September to
November there are also plenty of
wildflowers to spot on the way.
Hotel and Breweries Walk, Fremantle 2.5km (2-4 hours)
The Hotels and Breweries Walk will give you a perspective of life in
Fremantle during the gold rush of the late 19th century. Many of these
historic buildings have been faithfully restord and recycled to give them a
new lease on life in a contemporary world.
Boom or Bust Trail, Perth City (up to 2 hours)
Discover some of Perth’s most interesting architecture on this fascinating
walk through the city that highlights the boom created by gold and the
resultant surge of growth, wealth and prosperity. Volunteers guide free
walking tours each week day, or you can complete the trail by yourself.
Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, Golden Outback
650km (3-5 day drive trail)
In the 1890s, C Y O’Connor engineered a pipeline to carry fresh water
to the gold mines in Kalgoorlie. The 650km Golden Pipeline Heritage
trail follows the water’s journey from Mundaring Weir in the Perth
Hills, through the golden expanses of the Wheatbelt to Mount Charlotte
Reservoir in Kalgoorlie, east of Perth.
Woylie Walk, Dryandra Woodland
5.5km loop (2 hours)
A conservation area for unique
and endangered animals such
as the numbat: with more than
25 mammals, 100 birds and
50 reptiles, you can be sure to
encounter plenty of wildlife.
Yardie Creek Drive Trail,
Cape Range National Park, Coral
Coast 1.5km return (1 hour)
The ancient Yardie Creek gorge has
deep blue water, red limestone cliff
faces and wonderful array of birds
and wildlife. The views into the
creek and out to the Ningaloo Reef
are purely spectacular.
. ..with dogs
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail,
Perth Hills 41km loop (various
access points for shorter walks)
This extensive trail passes through
quaint hills communities including
Darlington, Parkerville and
Mundaring. It covers a range of
terrains with scenic views and
points of historical and natural
significance. Dogs permitted
on leads (except in John Forrest
The Kep Track uses the rail
formation between Mundaring in
the Perth hills, to Northam, east
of Perth. The trail passes through
Mundaring, Sawyers Valley,
Mount Helena, Wondowie,
Bakers Hill and Toodyay.
Dogs on leads are permitted,
however they are not allowed
closer to Mundaring Weir than
Firewood Road (about 3km) to
protect the water quality.
An endangered woylie.
The caves at Meekadarabee Falls
(Photography Dale Fisher).
(Photography Dale Fisher).
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