13 secret places you need to explore around Perth.
There is more to Perth than our amazing beaches and Kings Park – and they are amazing!
But sometimes in life, it’s good to get out and explore.
Here are a few secrets, well not so secret places you need to get out and see around Perth.
Trust me you won’t be disappointed!
Long Pool is so secret that it’s still not even recognised on Google Maps – now that’s something worth discovering.
Not to be confused with the above Honeymoon Pool, which has happened more than a couple times with Instagram location tags, Long Pool is the last of four magnificent swimming and picnic spots along Lennard Drive in the Wellington National Park near Collie. So if you are looking for a spot away from the crowds, this could be your ticket.
Lions Lookout Lesmurdie
The Lions Lookout in Lesmurdie is situated on the Lion Lookout Walk Trail a 4km loop which at it’s highest peak provides stunning views over the Perth plain. On the walk, you will also come across an abundance of wildflowers in spring.
John Oldham Park
An oasis in the middle of the city? Yep, that’s the best way to describe John Oldham Park.
And you know what you have probably driven past this park dozens of times.
Perth’s Secret City Park: Explore John Oldham Park.
Ellis Brook Valley
Is this Perth’s best view?
Sure there is Kings Park, South Perth foreshore looking back at the city, a stunning Cottesloe or City Beach sunset, but one look from the top of Ellis Brook Valley and I think we have a winner.
Ellis Brook Valley is known mainly as the richest Wildflower location in Perth Metropolitan area, with over 500 species of wildflowers.
Ellis Brook Valley is also known for its amazing waterfall, however, the view from the top of the waterfall is the real winner.
Swan View Tunnel
The Swan View Tunnel is a former railway tunnel opened in 1896 located on the southern side of the Jane Brook valley in the outer Perth suburb of Swan View.
After its closure as a railway tunnel, it was reopened as part of a heritage trail and now the public is welcome to come and explore the tunnel.
Kalamunda Zig Zag
Escape to the Perth hills to take in the panoramic views of our great city’s expansive landscape from the Kalamunda Zig Zag.
Ok so maybe this isn’t the best-kept secret anymore – but if you haven’t already Perth’s secret garden is a must visit if you are keen to explore Perth’s very own Alice in Wonderland.
Read more: Perth’s Secret Garden Wonderland
Lesmurdie Falls National Park
At Lesmurdie Falls National Park not only will you discover stunning views over the Swan Coastal Plain from the lookout platforms, in Spring you will be able to enjoy flowing falls and blooming wildflowers.
Also, be sure to pack a picnic to truly make a day of it.
Araluen Botanic Park
Heaven in the hills is a great way to describe Araluen Botanic Park.
Nestled 40 minutes from Perth, in the beautiful hills around Roleystone is Araluen botanic park. Famed for it’s beautiful spring tulip displays, Araluen aims to ‘create a unique world-class botanic park of great natural beauty and tranquillity which is accessible to and remembered by all who visit’.
Admission fees apply please visit araluenbotanicpark.com.au for more information.
Serpentine National Park
Not only is it home to one of Perth’s most popular swimming holes – Serpentine Falls, the national park is also home to much more with the amazing Serpentine River valley, panoramic views over the Swan Coastal Plan, stunning rock pools, woodlands and granite outcrops.
You could easily lose a day at Serpentine National Park.
Raeburn Orchards has become a hit with the Instagrammers locally and internationally.
Located 40 minutes drive east of Perth is an orchard wonderland just waiting for you to take that perfect Instagram snap.
While you are there and after all your photography work treat yourself to some of the highest quality fresh fruit which can be purchased on-site.
Make sure to have some comfy shoes and your phone charged before hitting up Bells.
Black Diamond Lake
Have you witnessed the stunning blue waters of Black Diamond Lake in Collie?
Situated only 2 hours drive from Perth – Black Diamond Lake is located 5km west of the coal mining town of Collie.
Best experienced on a clear, sunny day as the lake sparkles and radiates a magnificent blue colour, making it some of the bluest water you will ever see.
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Feature image via @shendellhay