Stretch Your Legs With Eleven Of The Best Autumn Walks In Perth

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Grab your sneakers and enjoy the best autumn walks Perth has to offer

Stretch Your Legs With Eleven Of The Best Autumn Walks In Perth

Grab your sneakers and enjoy the best autumn walks Perth has to offer
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Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just looking for an excuse to get out and get fit in the cooler weather, the season of autumn was made for a walk through some of the state’s most glorious, nature-filled delights.

From dog-friendly trails to cascading waterfalls or dazzling ocean views, a refreshing walk to clear the mind and get the blood pumping is not hard to come by if you know where to look.

Whistlepipe Gully

Whistlepipe Gully - Best Autumn Walks Perth
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A relatively easy hiking trail, and completely pooch-friendly, Whistlepipe Gully has soared in popularity among walking enthusiasts due to its blossoming wildflowers and flowing waters. 

You’ll find it at the end of Lewis Road where the dedicated walking trail will take you around the creek with a series of rapids, pools, and wildflowers bursting in colour. It’s complete serenity and a great track to get out and about with your furry friend. 

  • Length: 3.5-kilometre loop
  • Location: Mundy Regional Park
  • Difficulty: Easy

Eagle View Walk Trail

It’s no secret that John Forrest National Park is a Perth favourite when it comes to a nature-filled day trip, and the Eagle View Walk Trail is the absolute cream of the crop when you’re looking for a nice autumn walk here. 

The challenging 15-kilometre walk takes about four hours to complete and offers great views across the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth City and the ocean in the distance. Along the way, make your way through waterfalls and the Jarrah and Wandoo forests. 

  • Length: 15-kilometre loop
  • Location: John Forrest National Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Echidna Trail

The 11-kilometre Echidna Trail follows the Avon River and passes through marri and wandoo woodland. Be aware of where you step as the track is rocky and involves some steep gravel ascents and descents. 

Keep a look out for kangaroos and a myriad of birdlife including galahs, fantails, thornbills, and black-faced cuckoo shrikes. 

  • Length: 11-kilometre loop
  • Location: Walyunga National Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Rocky Pool Walk Trail

Rock Pool - Best Autumn Walks Perth
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Rocky Pool features a rugged bush walk leading to a glistening natural river pool edged by rocks. 

It’s on the easier side length-wise at just a five-kilometre loop around the forests of Kalamunda National Park, but there are still a few steep descents and gravel pathways to navigate. Pack a picnic if you’re up for having a bit more weight on your back and perch upon the rocks above the pool when you arrive for an idyllic lunch spot. 

  • Length: Five-kilometre loop
  • Location: Kalamunda National Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Burns Beach 

As far as coastal walks go, Burns Beach is up there among our favourites. 

It’s not as crowded as walking the Sorrento or Cottesloe paths can be, and the views over the turquoise ocean are just stunning. Start from the Burns Beach car park and make your way to Mullaloo for a relaxing yet invigorating stroll oceanside. 

  • Length: 7.8-kilometre loop 
  • Location: Burns Beach
  • Difficulty: Easy

Lesmurdie Falls

Lesmurdie Falls - Best Autumn Hikes Perth
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Best visited at sunset, Lesmurdie Falls offers spectacular views and one of Perth Hills’ best waterfalls. 

To soak it all in, you’ll want to take the loop trail to catch all angles of the cascading water. It’s the perfect place to hit refresh and enjoy a little slice of nature. 

There are a number of walking trails you can explore depending on the time you have, your level of fitness, and the degree of difficulty. 

  • Length: Varies depending on which trail you walk with three kilometres being the longest 
  • Location: Mundy Regional Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Palm Terrace Walk

While we’re on the topic of Lesmurdie, we need to give a particular mention to the Palm Terrace Walk. 

It’s a fairly tough trek through Mundy Regional Park and Lesmurdie Falls National Park, and a lot quieter than some of the other trails — but it boasts some of the best panoramic views of Perth that you can’t find anywhere else. 

  • Length: 5.5km loop
  • Location: Lesmurdie Falls National Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Ellis Brook Reserve 

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Tucked away in Gosnells, when this little valley isn’t blooming with wildflowers it’s turning up the view dial with lookouts over the City and forests. 

There are a few paths you can take for an easier walk to the Sixty Foot Falls Circuit, but doing the loop is the best way to make the most of your visit. It’s a perfect choice for those just getting into hiking or wanting to take the family out for a gorgeous autumn day’s walk. 

  • Length: 5.8km loop
  • Location: Gosnells
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Victoria Reservoir Trail

For a walk mixed with a little bit of history, this is a must-visit. 

You’ll find the start point of the trail at the car park before the gates into the Reservoir. From here, take in the surrounding bushland and relics of the first dam ever constructed in WA. A little further down, you’ll find Mason Bird Bridge, the oldest surviving timber bridge in Australia. 

Make sure you take some lunch and set up at the grassed picnic area to top off the day. 

  • Length: 7.2-kilometre loop
  • Location: Korung National Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Dwerta Mia Walk

If you’re looking for a super easy trail perfect for the kids to tag along, then say hello to Dwerta Mia

You can explore Boomerang Gorge and discover how the limestone environment formed over hundreds of years, with interpretive signage offering a unique experience of Australia through the eyes of Aboriginal culture. 

  • Length: One-kilometre loop
  • Location: Yanchep National Park
  • Difficulty: Easy

Kitty’s Gorge

Kitty’s Gorge - Best Autumn Hikes Perth
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Kitty’s Gorge is an all-day stop through lush bushland scenery, gorges, impressive outcrops, and waterfalls (at the right time of year). 

It follows the Serpentine River and Gooralong Brook to a glorious turnaround point at the notoriously popular Serpentine Falls where you’ll find BBQ facilities and a spot to rest in the shaded areas. You can take it on from either end, but we’d recommend starting at the Jarrahdale end to catch a lunch stop at the falls halfway. 

  • Length: 14km loop
  • Location: Serpentine National Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Feature Image: Rocky Pool Walk Trail | @lostdia

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