Lesmurdie Falls - Credit @paul_cass84

Top 6 Ideas for Exploring the Natural Beauty of the Perth Hills Armadale Region

I’m a Nature Lover

Just a short drive out of town, explore the Perth Hills and Armadale region’s incredible natural beauty.

There’s so much to see and do in the region, from spectacular waterfalls, to bushwalks, picnic spots, scenic drives, beautiful wildflowers, to rare local fauna.

Top 6 things to do in the Perth Hills Armadale region – Nature Loving Activities.

1. Go for a scenic drive

Spring in the Perth Hills. A short drive to Araluen

Check out the impressive landscape of the Darling Scarp on a scenic drive through the Armadale Hills.

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Undulating hills and striking granite outcrops provide sweeping views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

This time of year, visitors are in for an extra special trip, with millions of wildflowers bursting with spring blooms; in Autumn, gorgeous red and golden hues adorn the region..

Start your trip at the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre to collect free maps and local tips.

Breathe in the fresh hills air and stop along the way to enjoy the surrounds and find a peaceful spot for a picnic.

These are the top picnic spots to explore.

Araluen Botanic Park

Spring time at Araluen. (Instagram – morinrhemoren)

Serpentine Falls National Park & Serpentine Dam

Serpentine Dam Waterfalls, (Instagram – bradley.m.wadsworth)

Churchman Brook Dam

Churchman Brook Dam (Instagram – shay_s_marshall)

Minnawarra Park

Minnawarra Park (Instagram – lghiam)

Canning Dam

Canning Dam

2. Hike among the hills

Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail
(Insta mel_bestwick)

Grab your hiking boots; one of the best ways to get back to nature is to simply surround yourself in it.

There are plenty of hike routes to choose from in the Armadale Perth Hills to suit beginners all the way through to advanced hikers.

For advanced hikers, we recommend the Wungong Regional Park to test the Wungong Gorge Walk Trail.

Wungong Regional Park (Instagram – AlexinPerth)
Wungong Regional Park (Instagram – Jesswebb)

You’ll be amazed by the rugged landscape and diversity of native flora.

Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail is ideal for intermediate hikers, following the Serpentine River this track meanders through Serpentine National Park ending at the spectacular Serpentine Falls.

Keep your eye out for kangaroo’s along the way.

Just getting started? Head to Armadale Settlers Common to explore a variety of trails, great for spotting wildflowers and local fauna.

A rare echidna on the trail

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Looking for a unique hiking experience?

Check out Down Under Discoveries Hikes, hike beneath the full moon and embrace the calm tranquillity of nature at night-time.

3. Calling all twitchers

Go bird watching in Bungendore Park, located within Wungong Regional Park. A total of 82 species of birds have been found in the park.

Bungendore Park

Springtime is the best season to spot the Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, endemic to south-west Western Australia as well as wedge tailed eagles, and many parrots.

female Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo feeding on Honky Nuts of the Marri tree – Thanks to selby_wa

Spot Western Spinebills on Spinebill Stroll and Honeyeaters on Honeyeater Hike. Listen to the gentle warble of magpies and native birdsong as you wander through towering Jarrah and Marri trees.

4. Chase waterfalls

The Perth Hills is home to several magnificent waterfalls, each surrounded by walking trails and offering epic views of the surrounding landscape.

Make a day of it and check out our top three picks;

Lesmurdie Falls, Lesmurdie National Park – check out epic views of the swan coastal plains and Perth city from the lookout.

Lesmurdie Falls – Credit @paul_cass84

There are two options for car parking, the top park is for a longer walk and sweeping views of the valley, or the lower carpark where it is easier access to the bottom of the falls for photo opportunities.

Sixty Foot Falls, Ellis Brook Valley – Give your legs a work out and climb to the top of the falls before exploring the Valley, where you over 500 species of wildflowers can be spotted!

Serpentine Dam Waterfalls, (Instagram – bradley.m.wadsworth)

Serpentine Falls, Serpentine National Park (entry fees apply) – explore walk trails throughout the park and dramatic landscape before taking a dip at the base of the falls.

5. Learn about unique Australian fauna

Visit local wildlife parks, Cohunu Koala Park and Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre to get a guaranteed sighting of Aussie marsupials, amphibians and reptiles.

Cohunu Koala Park (Instagram – andrewjbalchin)

The /Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre rescues and cares for animals that have been injured, orphaned, sick or abandoned.

Armadale Dingos Jay and Kyah

Meet Mags the magpie, dingoes Jay and Kyah, Rufus the fruit bat and Buddy the Shetland pony.

Armadale Reptile Centre – happymatty747

Time it to see the baby roos getting bottle fed and take some great photos of the kids holding snakes.

Over at Cohunu Koala Park you’ll find an array of farm yard animals like goats, alpacas, deer, ponies and geese as well as a family of peacocks and ostriches!

You’ll also find the park’s furry namesake, over 25 sleepy koalas; cuddle a koala for just $30 per person.

Visit during school holidays or weekends to ride the Safari Train Ride ($4 per person) throughout the park. Families are welcome to take a picnic into the experience and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

Ask about the discount deals for carers, two for one at the front counter if you have a valid card.

6. Take a break and picnic in a park

Picnic in the Perth Hills

Embrace the simple things in life and pack a picnic for the day.

Araluen Botanical Park

Enjoy one of Armadale’s peaceful parks. Gather your friends and family and head to one of our favourite picnic spots;

Minnawarra Park

Minnawarra is a Noongar word meaning ‘sacred place’ and when you visit you will see this beautiful spot lives up to its name. The park is completely accessible and has plenty of shady grassed areas perfect for a picnic rug. Take a leisurely walk around the lake and say hello to the resident ducks.

Araluen Botanic Park

Explore Araluen Botanical Park (Credit: Renae Blackford, Instagram)

Tucked away in the Roleystone Hills this beautiful park is ideal for a picnic lunch.

Wander the park grounds, spot hundreds of both native and international plant species before cooking up a barbeque lunch to enjoy out on the grass. Some entry fees apply.

Canning Dam

Serpentine Dam (Instagram – Matthew Hill)

Hit the walk trails and work up an appetite while learning about the history of the dam.

Set yourself up in the lower picnic area and enjoy your lunch in the company of kangaroos and abundant birdlife.

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