My top 5 hikes in & around Perth
We are pretty lucky in Perth with fairly sunny winter days which make it prefect for getting out and hiking! Winter is one of my favourite times to hike because everything is so green, water is flowing and it isn't too hot. Having become pretty familiar with Perth's best hiking trails over the last few months, as I train to hike the John Muir Trail in a few weeks, I thought I would share my some of my favourite hikes in and around Perth:
1. Eagle View Walk - John Forrest NP
This would have to be one of the best hikes just outside of Perth. Located in the John Forrest National Park, this hike is about a 30-40 minute drive from the city. Think stunning views across the coastal plains to the city and ocean. On this hike you will pass waterfalls, streams and meander through beautiful bushland. We did this hike on a sunny winter afternoon and it was just beautiful and not too busy.
Distance - 15km Loop Walk
Duration - 3-5 hours
2. Mundaring to Kalamunda - Bibbulmun Track
An early winter morning start for this hike meant seeing a beautiful blanket of fog over the Mundaring Weir and the valleys slowly lift as the sun rose. We started at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring and headed back toward Kalamunda finishing at the Kalamunda Pub for lunch and a vino (best incentive to get to the finish line!). Beautiful views and a good workout. This hike can be done in either direction. Two cars will be needed as it is a one way walk.
Distance - 18km one way
Duration - 5-6 hours
3. Sullivan Rock to Mount Cooke - Bibbulmun Track
About a 90 minute drive from Perth, this is a pretty challenging hike and a great one for those with a decent level of fitness. The granite rocks that form Sullivan Rock is stunning with some really interesting vegetation. Mount Cooke is the highest point in the Perth Darling Scarp (just over 582m), a generally flat walk with a few accents and descents. Once up the top you are rewarded with some beautiful views.
Distance - 19km Return
Duration - 5-6 hours
4. Echidna Trail - Walyunga NP
A 40 minute drive from Perth, this walk initially follows the Avon River past Syd's Rapids with some pretty steep ascents and descents but rewarding views of the Avon Valley. Lots of bird life can be seen on this walk and a few kangaroos. There are picnic facilities at the start/end of this walk so be sure to take picnic to enjoy by the river for when you finish. This is a shorter walk but a moderate challenge.
Distance - 11km Loop Wak
Duration - 3-4 hours
5. Zamia Trail - Bold Park
Much closer to the city is the Zamia Trail which is part of the Bold Park Reserve. There a quite a few trails in this reserve and the Zamia Trail is the longest and is about a 5km loop walk. For a longer walk you can include some of the other trails. This is an easy to moderate walk with views of the city and beach. The best part is you can bring your fur babies along, provided they are kept on a leash.
Distance - 5.1km Loop Walk
Duration - 1.5 hours
Remember with all hikes to carry enough water, tell people where you are going, check the weather and most of all respect the beauty of the environment you are in and leave no trace. Carry all rubbish out with you and stay on the designated paths.