Feel the magic of nature with a walk at Ellis Brook Valley Reserve
Rich with wildflowers and brimming with lush walking trails, Ellis Brook Valley Reserve is your number one stop when it comes to getting into the hiking game.
With four trails to choose from, there’s a level for every eager walker from easy breezy to working up a sweat.
Where is it?
Sitting just outside of Perth, you’ll find Ellis Brook Valley Reserve about 35 minutes from the CBD on Rushton Road.
You’ll simply just need to follow Tonkin Highway to Gosnells Road and take a few little turns to get onto Rushton.
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Can you swim at Ellis Brook Valley Reserve?
No, you can’t swim here. But you can check out some gorgeous flowing water when the season is right.
What to do
As mentioned above, Ellis Brook Valley is your go-to for a refreshing hike as it’s considered to be one of the best walking trails in Perth.
There are four different walking trails, so take your pick or do them all. On the lighter side, the Easy Walk is a short but sweet 500m trail that’s suitable for wheelchairs, and the 2.6km along the brook on Blue Wren Ramble or shorter Eagle View trail would also be suitable. If you want to step it up a notch then try out the Sixty Foot Falls circuit that will take you to the top of the waterfall for jaw-dropping views and then back down past Barrington Quarry.
Keep your eyes peeled for colourful wildflowers too – Ellis Brook is one of WA’s hotspots for them with over 550 species.
How do I get to Sixty Foot Falls?
You’ll want to start off at the Valley Head carpark – which is the second of the two leading to the reserve. We’d recommend taking the anti-clockwise route, which puts you at the falls first followed by a walk back past the Old Barrington Quarry.
What time does Ellis Brook close?
On any given day the Rushton Road entry gate will open at 6 am and close at 7 pm. Entry is also free.
Best time to visit
For max beauty, the best time to visit here is in September or October after a good winter rain that gets the falls flowing and wildflowers blooming.
What facilities are there?
Barbeque, picnic tables, seating, shelter, and toilets.
Are dogs allowed at Ellis Brook Valley Reserve?
Yes, dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash.
Feature Image: @naturebynathan