10 Best Waterfalls Perth: Waterfall Hikes

Kaya, hello. I’m Wendy, a Perth local with a love of hiking and chasing waterfalls. Consequently I’ve visited every waterfall within the metro area and want to share my favourites with you.

From the cascading serenity of Sixty Foot Falls to the breathtaking majesty of Lesmurdie Falls, my adventures and experiences have provided me with insights and knowledge you won’t find in your average tourist guide.

I aim to help you uncover the most serene spots, the perfect picnic locations, and thrilling trails, all enriched by the mesmerising backdrop of the finest waterfalls. 

Best Waterfalls Perth

1. Serpetine Falls

Best time of year: Late autumn to middle of spring

Facilities: Car parking, BBQ facilities, picnic tables, public toilets

Entrance Fee: Yes

Dog-Friendly: No

girl sitting looking at a waterfall

These captivating falls are within Serpentine National Park, close to Perth. It costs A$15 per car to enter, but check prices with Parks and Wildlife.

Once inside, follow the path of Falls Walk Trail, a 400m journey beginning at the car park. In 15 minutes, you’ll arrive at the spectacular viewing platform, with gorgeous views of the cascading Serpentine Falls. 

Don’t miss the most charming residents of the park too – the friendly kangaroos, who are always near the car park waiting to greet you.

Alcohol, glass, and pets are not allowed, and please respect our wildlife by not feeding them or picking the wildflowers. 

The sound of the falls, the sight of kangaroos in their natural habitat, and the park’s tranquillity are fantastic.

Locals tip: The park opens daily from 8.30 am; however, it fills up quickly and is shut to new visitors once it reaches capacity. Aim to arrive by 10 am.

See this ultimate guide to Serpentine Falls and National Park for more information on the walks, accommodation in the area, and where to eat.

Location: Serpentine National Park

2. Kittys Gorge

Best time of year: Late winter and early spring

Facilities: Car parking, BBQ facilities, picnic tables, and public toilets at Serpentine end

Entrance Fee: Yes from Serpentine NP Only

Dog-Friendly: No

small waterfall running down browny orange boulders

From the falls, you can embark on an adventure on Kitty’s Gorge Trail, one of our favourite Perth hikes.

The 17.5 km Kitty’s Gorge Trail winds along Gooralong Brook and the Serpentine River. The area’s high rainfall provides a stunning walk surrounded by lush greenery and flowing water.

The trail runs between Jarrahdale and Serpentine Falls, with trailheads at both ends. If you’re starting from the Jarrahdale end, the trailhead is across from the cemetery (you can park here too).

From Jarrahdale, the hike follows the brook and then the Serpentine River and has wonderful views of granite rapids flowing through the valleys. As you approach the Serpentine River, the path shifts from a closed, single trail to wide, open spaces.

Please stick to the ‘Leave No Trace Principles’, respect all signs and ranger instructions, and refrain from climbing on the rocks above the pool at Serpentine Falls. 

Locals tip: End your hike at Jarrahdale Tavern for a well-earned drink and bite to eat.

Location: Serpentine National Park & Jarrahdale.

3. Lesmurdie Falls

Best time of year: Winter and spring

Facilities: Car park, toilet, picnic tables

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes (must be kept on a lead at all times)

large waterfall cascading onto black rocks

Located in Mundy Regional Park, east of Perth, is the enchanting Lesmurdie Falls, offering several walk trails tailored to fit your schedule, fitness level, and preferred level of challenge.

The best time to visit? Without a doubt, it’s during the winter and spring, when the rains feed Lesmurdie Brook and send it cascading over the Darling Range Escarpment in a breathtaking waterfall display.

From the beginner-friendly Falls Trail (640m return, Class 2, 45 min) to the more adventurous Valley Loop Trail (3km return, Class 3, 2hrs), there’s a trail for every explorer. Follow the babbling brook downhill until you reach a bridge at the waterfall’s crest, where a lookout provides a spectacular view of the falls. On a clear day, the view stretches to Perth City.

The short trail leading to the falls base is worth doing, a spectacle that will transport you to the lush waterfalls of New Zealand.

The climb back to the car park may be steep, but it’s brief, and the reward is well worth the effort.

Locals tip: Cap off your adventure with a drink or lunch in the charming Kalamunda Hotel.

See this ultimate guide to Lesmurdie Falls for more information on the walk trails and accommodation in the area.

Location: Mundy Regional Park, Kalamunda Rd, Forrestfield

4. 60 Foot Falls

Best time of year: Late winter and spring

Facilities: Car park, BBQS, picnic tables, composting toilets on Rushton Road

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes (must be kept on a lead at all times)

the waterfall at 60 foot falls perth flowing down granite rocks into emerald green pool

60 Foot Falls (Sixty Foot Falls) is one of Perth’s best-kept secrets and a true testament to Western Australia’s diverse natural splendour. Located in the heart of Ellis Brook Valley Reserve, this waterfall trail makes for an unforgettable day trip.

The trail leading to the falls is a moderate 2 km loop, offering stunning views of the Perth skyline and Rottnest Island on a clear day. While the trek can be challenging in parts due to its steep sections, the reward is certainly worth the effort. The panoramic vista from the top of the falls is simply beautiful, providing a bird’s-eye view of the cityscape against the area’s natural beauty.

At the base of the 60 Foot Falls, a serene pool is perfect for a restorative rest and photos. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the water tumbling down the rocks, the rustling leaves, and the peaceful songs of native birds. 

See this 60 Foot Falls guide for more information on the walk trails.

Location: Ellis Brook Valley Reserve, Banyowla Regional Park, Canning Mills Road, Kelmscott

5. Bells Rapids

Best time of year: Late winter and spring

Facilities: Car park, toilets, picnic area (no benches)

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes (must be kept on a lead at all times)

man in kayak around bells rapids

Bells Rapids are a beloved Perth spot characterised by roaring rapids, rugged bushland, and local wildlife. 

The greatest spectacle is, without question, the dramatic watercourse that is best visited during winter months or after heavy rain. The sight of the Swan River fiercely winding its way through the landscape is awe-inspiring. Here, the river rushes over ancient rocks, forming the area’s namesake rapids that reverberate with a raw energy that’s truly humbling.

The trails include the 2.5 km River Walk and the panoramic 3 km Goat Walk, or combine them! You’re assured impressive views, rich biodiversity, and maybe even a sighting of the elusive grey kangaroos that call this area home.

Read more about Bells Rapids trails.

Locals tip: It’s not just the landscape that draws visitors to Bells Rapids; this location also plays host to a key point in the annual Avon Descent, an exciting whitewater rafting and paddling event. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, the electrifying energy during this event is palpable and adds another layer to Bells Rapids’ charm.

Location: Cathedral Ave, Brigadoon

6. Noble Falls

Best time of year: Late winter and spring

Facilities: BBQs, car park, picnic area, toilet, shade, playground

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes (can be off lead but under control at all times)

close up of froth and tannins in the waterfall at noble falls gidgegannup

Noble Falls, in Gidgegannup, offers a serene retreat away from the city. Exploring the area around Noble Falls reveals walking trails that wind through the bushland. These trails offer varying levels of difficulty, ensuring that there is something for everyone, from casual strollers to avid hikers. As you wander along, you’ll have the chance to spot native wildlife, such as kangaroos, birds, and reptiles.

The falls themselves are picturesque, with water cascading gently over rocky ledges into a tranquil pool below.

Noble Falls offers plenty of shaded areas and well-equipped facilities for picnics. Settle down under the canopy of trees and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

This guide to Noble Falls provides more information.

Locals tip: Noble Falls is located within the Noble Falls Recreation Park, and there may be restrictions or closures for conservation purposes or during periods of high fire risk. Checking local updates and adhering to any regulations or guidelines ensures the preservation of this natural treasure.

Location: Noble Falls Car Park (across road from Noble Falls Tavern), Toodyay Rd, Gidgegannup

7. Hovea Falls & National Park Falls

Best time of year: Late winter and spring

Facilities: Car park, toilet, picnic table, BBQ

Entrance Fee: Yes

Dog-Friendly: No

water trickling over rocks at john forrest national park

John Forrest National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts seeking beautiful landscapes. This magnificent park offers diverse landscapes, including two waterfalls: Hovea Falls and National Park Falls. While the main picnic area caters to those looking for a relaxed outing with picnics and barbeques, the rest of the park remains largely undeveloped.

Hovea Falls, located approximately 800 metres east of the main picnic area, tumbles down a massive granite outcrop. As you stroll along the path, the sound of cascading water grows louder.

National Park Falls is accessible via the 2.5 km National Park Falls Walk, part of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail. This waterfall has a majestic 20-metre drop directly down a sheer cliff. The sheer force with which the water plunges creates an exhilarating sight, and the stark contrast of the white foamy water against the dark rock face adds to the scene’s drama.

Location: John Forrest National Park

8. Rocky Pool

Best time of year: Late winter and spring (September & October for wildflowers)

Facilities: Car park

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: No

The Rocky Pool Walk, within Kalamunda National Park, is an intermediate-level, 5-kilometre trail that promises challenges and rewards as it winds through the park’s terrain. With its various features, including steep descents on loose gravel, seasonal wildflowers, and a section of the iconic Bibbulmun Track, the Rocky Pool Walk is good for hiking enthusiasts.

Be prepared for a moderate challenge, as some sections of the trail can be pretty demanding, with a few steep descents on loose gravel. 

Depending on the time of year, you may be treated to a kaleidoscope of colours as native flora bloom in all their glory. The park’s vibrant wildflowers add an extra touch of beauty to your hike.

Rocky Pool itself is a delightful spot along the trail, providing a refreshing place to take a break and soak up the gorgeous view. 

Locals tip: If you’re not up to the hike, park at the end of Schipp Road – it’s a short walk to the pool from there. It’s easy to get lost, so follow the directions in this Rocky Pool trail brochure.

Location: End of Spring Road, Kalamunda

9. John Oldham Park

Best time of year: Year-round

Facilities: Toilets, playground, drinking fountain and dog water fountain, benches

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes, on lead.

the secret waterfall in perth wa with water cascading over rocks in front of a waterfall and pool

Perth is known for its stunning parks and green spaces, but while some attract large crowds, hidden treasures await discovery. One such place is John Oldham Park, a peaceful oasis that has remained one of the city’s best-kept secrets for many years. Nestled along Mounts Bay Road, opposite the Mount Hospital, this park offers a tranquil escape from the city.

John Oldham Park holds a special place in the hearts of many Perth locals, yet it often goes unnoticed by tourists and even some long-time residents. It took me a decade to stumble upon this hidden paradise and, to my surprise, discover the presence of a beautiful waterfall. 

The park is named after John Oldham, a highly respected landscape architect who significantly shaped Perth’s green spaces.

Features include a small adventure playground, providing entertainment for children, while a few picnic tables and barbecues invite visitors to enjoy a leisurely picnic amongst nature. 

Locals tip: Explore John Oldham Park as part of the Perth Bridges walk.

Location: Mounts Bay Road, Perth

10. Whistlepipe Gully

Best time of year: Late winter and spring

Entrance Fee: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes, on lead

water gushing over rocks at whistlepipe gully waterfall perth

With its picturesque cascades, stunning views of the coastal plain, and remnants of a historic house, this grade 3 trail promises a memorable adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

This intermediate-level trail spans 3.5 kilometres and meanders along a narrow river, tracing its path over cascades and small waterfalls. 

One of the highlights of the Whistlepipe Gully Trail is the stunning panoramic views. As the trail winds through the landscape, it provides glimpses of the coastal plain stretching out before you, with the city of Perth visible in the distance. This vantage point allows you to appreciate the region’s vastness and marvel at the beauty of the Swan Coastal Plain, contrasting with the tranquillity of the gully.

Whistlepipe Gully itself adds to the allure of this trail. The gully flows down the edge of a large granite formation, cascading down as a picturesque waterfall. The section of the trail near the falls has an up-close view of the falls and serves as a great vantage point view the surrounding landscape.

One unique feature of the Whistlepipe Gully Trail is the remains of a house that once spanned the falls. The house had to be demolished as it was built in the 1960s without proper planning permission.

Locals tip: One of our favourite short hikes.

Location: Whistlepipe Gully, northern end of Lewis Road, Forrestfield

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aerial view of serpentine falls with bridge across green coloured water
Serpentine Falls by Tourism Western Australia

FAQs About Perth’s Best Waterfalls

What are the largest waterfalls in Perth?

Perth, situated on the Swan Coastal Plain, does not have large, dramatic waterfalls like those found in other parts of the world. However, Lesmurdie Falls is one of the more prominent waterfalls in the area. It cascades down a granite escarpment, offering a picturesque sight during the wetter months.

Can you swim in Lesmurdie Falls?

Swimming is not recommended at Lesmurdie Falls. The water flow and conditions can vary throughout the year, and swimming in the falls can be dangerous due to slippery rocks, strong currents, and submerged hazards.

When is the best time to visit the waterfalls in Perth?

The best time to visit the waterfalls in Perth is typically during the wetter months, usually from June to September. This period ensures a better flow of water, enhancing the scenic beauty of the falls.

Final Thoughts: Best Waterfall in Perth

It’s hard to pick my favourite waterfall, but Lesmurdie is probably it. However, Kittys Gorge is one of my favourite long hikes, Whistlepipe Gully is a fantastic short hike, and Bells Rapids is excellent for a dog walk.