Your complete guide to Whistlepipe Gully
A popular fave among the hiking community and an idyllic little escape from everyday life, Whistlepipe Gully is a seasonal watercourse that runs down the face of the Darling Scarp.
Jarrah and Marri Forrest will serve as your backdrop for a nature-based walk or peaceful picnic, and if you plan your visit just right you’ll get a look at gorgeous flowing waters or pops of colour as wildflowers thrive.
Where is Whistlepipe Gully?
You’ll find it on the outskirts of Lesmurdie located in Mundy Regional Park. Take the first left after the intersection of Welshpool Rd East and Tonkin Hwy where you’ll then come across a gravel car park at the end of Lewis Rd leading up to the hill.
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What to do
Whistlepipe Gully has soared in popularity among walking enthusiasts and nature lovers due to its blossoming wildflowers and flowing waters.
It ticks pretty much every box for an enjoyable day out with the idyllic setting and an iconic walking trail as the main sell. You can find a series of rapids and pools after a little rainfall in the area, colourful wildflowers at the right time of year, and views over the coastal plain out to Perth.
There are also plenty of serene spots to sit by the creek if you want to pack a picnic rug and lunch.
How long is the Whistlepipe Gully walk?
The best way to experience all its beauty is by taking the 3.6km walking trail.
The walk will take you up one side of the creek and then back down the other. The winding nature of the path will keep you on your toes a bit, and there’s some uphill work to do- but aside from that, it’s easy enough for any age and fitness level to enjoy.
You’ll pass by trickling water in pools and rapids on each side leading to an open granite section where views of the Perth Coastal Plain and a speck of the CBD will knock your socks off, and also catch a glimpse of leftover foundations from a house built by an architect in the 1960s.
Best time to visit?
We’d recommend visiting Whitlepipe Gully anytime between autumn and spring, the former, if you’re looking for one of the best autumn walks in Perth, the latter, if you’re keen to catch blooming wildflowers and the end of flowing waters from winter.
A little bit of history
Whistlepipe Gully was once a private property that’s now been brought by the local council, and as mentioned above you’ll see some leftover remnants from Wallace Greenham House- a Japanese-inspired piece built by an architect in the 60s.
It would have been incredible to see it in its prime as a structure with the concept of a building at one with its surroundings, but it was built without the proper planning permission and then demolished.
Are dogs allowed at Whistlepipe Gully?
Yes – Whislepipe Gully is an exception to most National Parks and State Forests that don’t allow dogs. Your furry friends are welcome here, and they’ll enjoy the walk just as much as you.
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