Perth’s 14 Best Secret Places Nobody Wants To Tell You About

Lesmurdie Falls National Park
14 secret places you need to explore around Perth.

Perth’s 14 Best Secret Places Nobody Wants To Tell You About

14 secret places you need to explore around Perth.
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14 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

Long Pool – Swimming Hole (Source:

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.

Read more: 4 Swimming Reasons To Make Collie Your Next Road Trip

Lions Lookout Lesmurdie

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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

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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.

Eagle View Walk

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Eagle View Walk is a bushwalker’s delight, ticking all the boxes with its 16km loop — making it one of Perth’s intense hiking trails.

Enjoy a variety of relatively pristine habitats, passing beautiful waterfalls and stunning wildflowers, all capped off with great views across the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth.

Ellis Brook Valley

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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 the 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

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The Swan View Tunnel is a former railway tunnel opened in 1896 and 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

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Escape to the Perth hills to take in the panoramic views of our great city’s expansive landscape from the Kalamunda Zig Zag.

Secret Garden

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

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At Lesmurdie Falls National Park not only will you discover stunning views over the Swan Coastal Plain from the lookout platforms, but 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

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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 for more information.

Serpentine National Park

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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

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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.

Bells Rapids

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Bells Rapid Walk Trail is a walking trail along the Swan River and home of the renowned Avon Descent. The trail is well known mostly for is majestic boulders and speeding waters within the winter.

Make sure to have some comfy shoes and your phone charged before hitting up Bells.

Black Diamond Lake

Black Diamond Lake in Collie
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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.

Feature image via @shendellhay