For when you want to go for a walk but not be out all day.
You may have paraded the parks and strolled the city streets of Perth, but how about something with a little more natural beauty without too much distance? We have the best beginner-friendly walks around Perth, where you can enjoy seaside spectacles, and wandoo woodland wanders with ease.
Kings Park | Law Walk
There are about a gazillion ways that you can enjoy the magic of Kings Park, and a stroll along the promenades and bridges is high up on the list. You can enjoy this loop walk along the Mt Eliza escarpment, crossing the federation walkway, and meandering through lemon scented gums as you drift a million miles away from the urban jungle that is so nearby. The world’s largest inner city park beams with life, colour, and sounds all year round, with even more spectacular wildflower shows in springtime.
Piesse Brook Interpretive Trail
Time to head for the hills, as we escape the city limits and adventure into the rugged landscape of the darling escarpment. The Piesse Brook interpretive trail is the perfect introduction to hiking in the hills, with some undulations on the trail, and the most stunning destination with a halfway stop at the iconic Rocky Pools. This is best enjoyed in winter and spring, when the water is flowing in the pools. Pack a picnic to enjoy at this hotspot, and take your time to read the educational plaques dotted along the trail.
River Walk | Bells Rapids
If you want to hear the gushing of water down the river, and feel the power of the magnificent Bells Rapids, then you need to get out to experience the River walk in Brigadoon. Begin with the most amazing sounds and sights as you walk across the top of the Bells Rapids via the Bells Rapids footbridge, and follow the river for a scenic and peaceful swan river escape. It just so happens to be the perfect excuse to treat yourself afterwards with a visit to one of the many wineries and cafes in the Swan Valley. Definitely plan this one for winter and spring after the rainfall has topped up the river for the best experience.
Blackwall Reach, Point Walter
Distance: 4km return
The beautiful cliff’s edge walk takes you from the Bicton Baths along the Jenna Biddi Yorga, meaning “women’s feet walking on the path”, in Whadjuk Noongar to Point Walter Reserve. With fantastic river views, and hints of native bushland, it is a perfect spot to get started with a beginner walk close to the city. Stop at the halfway point to visit the local cafe or sit by the river for a moment to relax before heading back. In Aboriginal culture it was traditionally a place for women and children so we ask that walkers respect the land and its history when visiting Blackwall Reach and Point walter.
A visit to this prominent piece of heaven on earth is a rite of passage for any Perthian, with magical city views, old house ruins, and beautiful springtime wildflowers to be found at Whistlepipe Gully . Channel your inner child and get adventurous on the many rocky outcrops and bridge crossings, as you enjoy this spectacular trail. granite outcrops and city views.
Mundaring Weir Walk
Tucked away near the Mundaring Weir at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre is the perfect beginner friendly Weir Walk loop. It will take you to a beautiful little lookout over the Mundaring Weir, and with clear markers to guide you, it gives you a taste of walking on bush tracks such as the Bibbulmun Track. In fact, it crosses onto the Bibbulmun Track for about half of the walk. You can extend this trail by heading onto one of the many other trails in the Mundaring Weir area for a bit more of a challenge.
Take in the sights and sounds of the sea from the Trigg Bushland Reserve loop. A short and sweet adventure exploring the unique perched parabolic dunes as you wander the well maintained trails. Dogs are welcomed inTrigg Bushland, and if you time it right, you can enjoy one of Perth’s incredible ocean sunsets after your walk.
Wetlands Walk Trail
Take a trip to Yanchep National Park for the day, and enjoy a super easy wetlands walk around Loch McNess. With so many adventures on offer at Yanchep, you are sure to find plenty of things to fill in the day such as a visit to the adorable koala boardwalk, the treetop adventures, or a tour of the iconic caves once you are finished. After the recent 2019 fires at Yanchep, it is eye opening to see the regrowth occurring within the park.
With so many options on offer for beginner-friendly hikes and walks around Perth, there is nothing holding you back from realising your nature-loving adventurous potential now!
For those that might want something a bit more challenging, we have also covered off ‘The Most Intense Perth Walking Trails.’
Get out there and explore.
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