Jump in your runners and get active by taking on some of Perth’s best walking and hiking tracks.
With our stunning coastlines, inner and outer city bushlands and not to mention amazing weather, some might say the best way to experience Perth is to do so by foot. To help we have put together a list of 11 Perth walks and hikes for you to explore (In no particular order.)
1 – Bells Rapid Walk Trail, Swan Valley
Distance: River Walk (2.5km) or Goat Walk (3km)
Bells Rapid Walk Trail is scenic walk along the Swan river, home of the renowned Avon Descent. The trail is well know mostly for is majestic boulders and speeding waters within the winter. Bells rapid additionally is the habitat of the grey kangaroo, which may be seen at certain times of the year in abundance. If you enjoy or want to experience rural scenic views and coastal plains this distinctive circuit is the trail for you.
Added Bonus: Be sure to take a photo of or in front of ‘Buttock Boulder’ on the Goat Walk trail.
2 – Matilda Bay Reserve, Crawley
Distance: 4km (loop)
The UWA Boat Shed is not only a Perth icon but also a great starting point for the Matilda Bay Reserve Walk. This trail then runs down to Pelican Point and then west to J.H. Abrams Reserve to the boat ramp. Then the tail leads back north along the road past Australia II Drive and along Hackett Drive.
Added Bonus: 20 bottlenose dolphins inhabit the Swan River and can occasionally be seen from Matilda Bay Reserve
3 – Burswood Loop, Burswood
Distance: 6.2km (loop)
The Burswood Loop trail takes you around the banks of the beautiful Swan River, allowing you to take in the sights of East Perth and more specifically Claisebrook Cove (definitely recommend stopping in for a refreshment at Toast or the The Royal.) However the highlight of this trail is without a doubt is Heirisson Island, While on this route, stop off on Herisson Island under the Causeway and if you are lucky you might be able to spot a few Western Grey kangaroos, which can be found in the southern enclosure of the island and are best sighted in the early morning or evening.
Added Bonus: If this trail becomes a regular walking route you will be able to keep up to date on the progress of the new Perth stadium.
4 – Law Walk, Kings Park, Perth
Distance: 2.5km (loop)
Hands down (feet down?) one of Perth’s best walking trails. Law Walk takes you through the bushland and the Lotterywest Federation Walkway in the heart of the Botanic Garden in Kings Park. Enjoy the amazing gardens and views of Kings Park and then transition to the natural bushland, providing a glimpse to what Perth was like more than 200 years ago.
Added Bonus: Views of the Swan River can give you the chance to see flocks of birds panning out in flying formation over the Swan River and dolphins playing.
5 – Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail, Scarborough
Distance: 7.3km (loop)
The Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Walk provide a unique walking experience combining the stunning coastline of Scarborough and Trigg beaches with the the bush trails of the Trigg Bushland Reserve.
The walk consists of three loops:
Scarborough Coastal Loop – Red (1.2 km)
Explore the unique history of the Scarborough beachfront, the hub of the Sunset Coast. At a leisurely pace this loop takes approximately 30 minutes.
Trigg Coastal Loop – Blue (2.9 km)
From fishermen to settlers, surfers and swimmers – take a walk back in time to Trigg Island. At a leisurely pace this loop takes approximately 1 hour.
Trigg Bushland Reserve Loop – Green (3.2 km)
Discover unique wildflowers – enjoy spectacular coastal views and sightings of birds and reptiles. At a leisurely pace this loop takes approximately 1 hour.
Added Bonus: Take a walk and sunset and be sure to bring your camera of phone to capture the stunning WA sunset.
6 – Bibbulmun Track, Kalamunda
Distance: 1,000km (Say What!)
If you’re an avid hiker/crazy then the Bibbulmun Track is for you. It spans 1,000km from Kalamunda to Albany, but if you wish to start smaller than there is the Mundaring Weir Hotel to the Golden View lookout trail (7.4km). The trail takes walkers through a mix of jarrah, marri and wandoo forests, the latter providing open woodlands giving walkers and immense sense of space and taste of bushlife.
Added Bonus: The Bibbulmun Track crosses the Mundaring Weir Wall making for some great photo snaps.
7 – Bold Park, City Beach
Distance: 15km (varying)
With over 15km of walking trails and 10 different lookouts with expansive city and coastal views, Bold Park offers you a very memorable experience any time of the year. Spanning over 436 hectares, Bold Park is home to some 300 different species of native plants and despite its proximity to the city, there is also an abundance of wildlife including different species of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates. If you are looking for an inner city bush walk with beautiful views, there is simply none better than Bold Park.
Added Bonus: Visit the park early one morning to experience the bushland alive with birdlife or visit at dusk to discover bats and possums.
8 – Warnbro Sound, Warnbro
Distance: 6.4km (one way)
With its attractive native gardens, beautiful white sand stunning blue water Warnbro Beach provides an amazing backdrop for a hike as your walk up and down throughout the dunes. There are a number of different car parks along the coastal trail where you can begin and end your trip if you don’t want to take on the whole 6.4km.
Added Bonus: Walk the trail at sunset and stop off at one of the numerous look out points to watch the sunset. Or take advantage of an early morning walk and dive into the flat clear blue water.
9 – Rottonest Walking Trails
Rottnest Island is a walker’s paradise with many coastal headlands, inland lakes and both natural and man-made attractions to explore… oh and don’t forget the natural wildlife.
There are two different official walking trails at Rottnest:
Wadjemup Walk Trail – Bickley Bay
Distance: 9.4km (one way) or 18.8km (return)
Wadjemup Walk Trail offers visitors to Rottnest a new way to experience the Island. Leave the bitumen roads behind and discover intriguing places along the Bickley Bay section. This section traverses the south east corner of the Island – Thomson Bay to Oliver Hill.
Wadjemup Walk Trail – The Lakes
Distance: 4km (one way) or 8km (return)
Explore the unique Salt Lakes ecosystem and enjoy the illusion of walking on water as you adventure off the beaten track and discover what makes the Salt Lakes a significant habitat in Western Australia.
10 – Herdsman Lake, Churchlands
Distance: 7.7km (loop)
Herdsman Lake is Perth’s largest inner city wetland, with the walking trail on the water’s edge makes for an enjoyable and relaxing walk. The trail also provides a diversity of landscapes ranging from expansive views over open waters, to dense wetland rushes, bushland and open grass parklands.
Added Bonus: Take some time to explore the Olive Seymour Boardwalk which will take you out over the water on the south side of the lake
11 – Lake Monger, Wembley
Distance: Approximately 4km (loop)
Lake Monger is a conservation wetland ringed by a shared path for cycling and walking and jogging. Lake Monger is also one of the most family friendly walking tracks both for the kids and furry kids – with a shaded playground area and open spaces for the pups to run and chase a ball. Lake Monger is also stunning at sunrise and sunset.
Added Bonus: Shaded areas along the lake and benches allows for a relaxing end to your walk and the opportunity to get up close with ducks and swans, but please don’t feed them.
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