When it comes to a destination for a walk in winter time, many people flock to the Perth Hills for a slice of unspoiled nature. Most will head to the popular walk trails at Lesmurdie Falls or Rocky Pool to see the spectacular effect of the winter rains on these beautiful waterfalls. But what if you want to find somewhere a bit more hidden, somewhere that feels like a well-kept secret there for just you to enjoy?
Well, that’s what we’re all about today, opening up our top 3 secret walk spots for winter. Somewhat begrudgingly, we’re letting you in on our favourite local, hideaway walks that are so good we normally keep them to ourselves!
Piesse Brook Interpretative Trail (3.4kms) A stunning walk trail dotted with interpretative signs telling you all about the local geology, flora, and fauna. Perfect for beginners or those with little ones, the walk meanders beside Piesse Brook, so it’s a great spot to don your gum boots and jump in the shallow stream, race bark boats in a regatta and jump across the stepping stones. Download Trail Map
Victoria Reservoir, Carmel (6kms) Follow the lilac track markers around this great circular route accessed off Mason Mill Road, Carmel. The trail wanders through the beautiful Korung National Park to the head of the dam from where you get a great view across the water to the surrounding hills and bush. You can also take advantage of a grassy picnic spot below the dam wall and another at the head of the steps. Grade: 3 Time: 1.5 - 2 hours Download Trail Map View full trail details here
Whistlepipe Gully Walk (3.5kms return)
Accessed from either Forrestfield or Orange Valley Road in Kalamunda, this dog-friendly trail through the Mundy Regional Park is a popular walk with locals and visitors in the know. Relatively easy with only a couple of tricky rocky descents, the walk winds its way alongside the brook and provides lots of opportunities to stop and see the local wildlife. Follow the markets with a pink corner. The trail intersects with the more difficult Lewis Road Walk, which may entice the more experienced hiker. (Tip: In late winter and springtime, this is a great spot to see the wildflowers) Grade: 3 Time: 1 - 1.5 hours Download Trail Map View full trail details here
These walk trails and many more are available here.
The friendly team at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre are available every day until 4pm to help you plan your walk, provide trail maps and point you in the right direction for a post-walk warm drink at one of Kalamunda’s well-known cafes.
Experience the Perth Hills this Winter - there are so many things to see and do - take a drive up the hill and discover what we have to offer.
Remember to always check conditions before leaving for any walk, regardless of the season and make sure you have appropriate clothing, footwear, and water for your walk.
To help reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback along walk trails and in the surrounding area:
Don’t spread soil or mud around bushland, in particular during spring & autumn;
Stick to tracks & paths;
Observe signage in your local bushland reserve and stay out of quarantined areas in bushland.
* Ensure you have the Google Earth app installed before viewing trails in Google Earth.