Serpentine Falls, in Serpentine National Park, is one of Perth’s best waterfalls. The park is stunning, with ancient landforms, woodlands, and the Serpentine River valley gorge crossing through it.

The popular waterfall cascades over a huge granite rock face, falling 15 metres into the pool below.

Location of Serpentine Falls

Serpentine National Park is 55 kilometres southeast of Perth, Western Australia, on the Darling Scarp. The entrance is on Falls Road, off South Western Highway.

waterrfall over granite rock into pool at serpentine falls national park

Best Time to visit Serpentine Falls

My favourite time of year to visit Serpentine Falls is in late winter to spring (August to October). The wildflowers are out at this time, and the falls are flowing after the winter rains. The wildflowers are at their peak in September, at which time the park becomes full of colour. Spring is peak hiking season, however, and the trails are busy.

For hiking, any time from late autumn to the middle of spring is the best time as the temperatures are cooler.

When is Serpentine Falls open?

Serpentine Falls National Park is open every day from 8.30 am to 5 pm. However, the park fills up quickly and is shut to new visitors once it reaches capacity. I would advise you to arrive by 10 am.

How much does it cost to enter Serpentine Falls National Park?

The cost to enter Serpentine Falls National Park is A$15 per car as of March 2021. You can find up-to-date prices on the Parks and Wildlife site.

If you are visiting more than one park or want to return, consider purchasing a Park Pass.

a freshwater lake

Brief history

The local Noongar people probably camped and hunted in the forests between Perth and Pinjarra. The Serpentine River would have been a freshwater source, and the surrounding hills and wetlands would have provided food resources such as birds, lizards, and tortoises.

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Serpentine Falls Walk Trails

Most visitors want to view Serpentine Falls, but there are some lovely walking trails in the park too. The Falls Walk Trail, Baldwins Bluff Nature Track, and Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track start from the Serpentine Picnic Area car park.

The car park has toilets, free barbecues, and lots of shaded grassed areas. Kangaroos frequent this area on the look out for food but do not feed them.

kangaroo and joey in pouch at a park

Falls Walk Trail – 400m return – 15 minutes

The Falls Walk Trail is an easy 15-minute walk that is fully accessible. It leads to the beautiful Serpentine Falls, which has a wooden lookout area with stairs leading down into the pool. When we visited in September, there was hardly anyone there so we could sit there and take in the spectacular view of the rushing water over the colourful polished granite.

Baldwins Bluff Nature Track – 6 km return – 2 hours – Class 4

The 6 km return Baldwins Bluff Nature Track climbs gravel tracks which require a decent amount of fitness. However, the summit’s views across the Swan Coastal Plain and the Serpentine Falls are worth the climb. This trail takes you through Marri and Jarrah forests and then Wandoo woodland.

Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track

Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track is one of the most popular trails in the Serpentine National Park. This 7.4 km loop is a medium difficulty trail that takes you along the Serpentine River, Gooraling Brook, and Kittys Gorge. You can access the walk from either Jarrahdale or the Serpentine Falls car park.

It can be steep in parts with uneven ground, but the scenery is spectacular. You will pass stunning granite outcrops and waterfalls along the brook.

Jarrahdale is a historic timber mill town close to Serpentine Falls. We had lunch and a beer at the Jarrahdale Tavern after our hike as a reward. It has a children’s playground and is dog-friendly.

children's playground at a tavern

Flora and Fauna

Flora

The best time for flora is during the wildflower season when the hills and forest are full of colour. During spring, you may see spider orchids, giant sundew, dryandras, greenhoods, and grevilleas. Look for Donkey orchids on the granite outcrops.

The most common trees in the Serpentine National Park are marri, jarrah, and wandoo. There are also two rare species: the Darling Range Ghost Gum (Eucalyptus laeliae) and the Salmon White Gum (E. lane-poolei).

Fauna

A staggering 70 out of 100 bird species known in the region visit Serpentine Falls National Park. Some of the most seen birds are the splendid fairy wrens, red-tailed and white-tailed black cockatoos, ‘twenty-eight’ parrots, red-capped parrots, scarlet robins, and yellow robins.

You will see the western grey kangaroos in the picnic area by the Falls car park. Please do not feed them as it can cause them health problems and cause them to rely on humans for food.

Some other animals that live here, but aren’t as noticeable, are the echidna, chuditch, mardo, quenda, dunnart, brushtail possum, western brush-wallaby and maybe the quokka.

You may come across reptiles, including bobtail lizards, dragon lizards, carpet pythons, and long-neck tortoises. Be careful of the venomous dugite snake, which is more active during the warmer months.

yellow wildflower with bee

Where to eat

If you visit on a weekend or public holiday, you can purchase food and drink from a mobile food truck that’s usually in the car park.

Serpentine Falls National Park is a lovely spot for a picnic or a bbq with grassed area and picnic tables.

As mentioned, we had lunch instead at Jarrahdale Tavern.

Accommodation near Serpentine Falls National Park

We stayed in a deluxe villa (cabin) at Serpentine Falls Park Home and Tourist Village, which is a 2 km walk from Serpentine Falls. The cabin had a double bed in a separate bedroom and bunk beds in the main living area, along with a sofa, dining table, and a small kitchen area. As we weren’t planning on cooking while we were there, the kitchen was fine for us. It had a microwave, fridge, and electric cooktop. The reverse cycle air conditioning provides heating and cooling.

There’s a swimming pool on-site, but it was too cold to use when we there.

The cabin and park were clean and quiet, and we would stay there again.

Check the rates direct as it was cheaper when we booked. However, if you want the option of free cancellation, book through Booking.Com here.

a holiday cabin in a caravan park

Another accommodation option is the Braybrook Boutique Bed & Breakfast. It is listed on the following sites with the prices for two nights in August for two adults and two children aged 15:

Booking.Com A$532

Stayz A$519

Airbnb A$906!

Tips for visiting Serpentine Falls

  • Do not feed wildlife.
  • Picking wildflowers is not allowed.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the park.
  • No alcohol or glass is permitted in Serpentine National Park.
  • Eskies, food, chairs, and flotation devices are prohibited at Serpentine Falls. You can use the picnic areas for lunch.
  • Put all rubbish in the bins or take it home with you.
  • Stay on the trails at all times. Not only is this for your safety (Dugites live in the bushland) but Dieback is prevalent in some areas. If you walk off the path, you may spread the soil-borne disease.
a girl looking at a beautiful waterfall cascading into a pool

Is it safe to swim at Serpentine Falls?

Swimming is not recommended at Serpentine Falls despite it being a popular swimming hole. The rocks are slippery when wet, and the water has varying depths and submerged dangers. The water is also untreated and has been closed previously after the detection of ‘brain-eating amoeba’, Naegleria fowleri. This amoeba can cause an infection known as amoebic meningitis or primary amoebic meningoencephalitis.

Sadly, there have been twenty-eight deaths at Serpentine Falls over fifteen years from people climbing or jumping from the rocks.

Other attractions close to Serpentine Falls

Other attractions close to Serpentine Falls include Jarrahdale, Serpentine Dam, and the smaller Pipehead Dam. 

Lemon Scented Darwinia
Lemon Scented Darwinia

Other Perth Waterfalls

Perth waterfalls may not be up there with New Zealand or Queensland, but there are still some beautiful falls and spectacular hikes. Some other waterfalls around Perth are:

60 Foot Falls

Lesmurdie Falls

Bells Rapids



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35 Comments

  1. Francesca says:

    Brain-eating amoeba! Sounds fun haha. But apart from that and the venomous snake, the Serpentine Falls looks like an amazing place to visit! Love that you can see kangaroos there too.

    1. Unfortunately, venomous snakes are a part of life in Australia .As long as you respect them and keep your distance, they’re fine. The brain-eating amoeba are actually found in still warm waters world-wide.

  2. Really cool falls and your wildlife/flora photography is spectacular! Luckily, it seems there is plenty to do and see without swimming!

    1. Thank you! I’ve taken a sudden interest in the pretty wildflowers around Australia.

  3. Vanessa Shields says:

    Sign me up to a place that has a gorgeous waterfall and kangaroos! So nice and relaxing to just sit and listen to a waterfall. I’d enjoy the few hikes too but I would definitely stay out of the water to avoid the brain eating amoeba! Can’t wait to visit Australia one day!

    1. Naegleria fowleri is found around the world in fresh water such as lakes and rivers. It usually occurs when the water temperature is warm.

  4. My first question was going to be whether you could waterslide down the falls, but sadly, that doesn’t seem to be possible. Australian bush waterholes are so unforgiving.

    1. Unfortunately not, I wouldn’t recommend trying to slide down them, even though it looks like it would be fun.

  5. I’m a bit surprised that the entrance to a national park is not free. Though Serpentine Falls National Park looks really nice and well worth a visit.

    1. You have to pay a nominal fee in most of the national parks in Western Australia. The money goes towards the upkeep.

  6. Sounds and looks lovely. Kitty’s Gorgeous walk sounds like a hit.
    There was definitely a lot we missed in Western Australia, a great excuse to revisit one day.

  7. Looks like a beautiful park to visit. I love anywhere with a waterfall and hiking!

    1. Us too Sue. We enjoy hikes, especially if there’s a waterfall involved.

  8. I can see why Serpentine Fall in Serpentine National Park is one of Perth’s best waterfalls. So gorgeous!

  9. I love kangaroos even though I have not been able to see them in a while. Australia looks stunning as always! (and also – quite scary :))

    1. Kangaroos are the cutest but you are right, Australia also has some scary creatures!

  10. Stunning is the right word Wendy! I’ve not seen a waterfall in years so I’m happy to enjoy the views in your post. I think the nature trail sounds right for me.

    1. The walking trails at Serpentine are beautiful, especially in spring when the wildflowers are out.

  11. A waterfall and kangaroos do sound like a great combination. The ‘brain-eating amoeba’ do sound a bit off-putting though….

    1. Yes I wouldn’t swim at Serpentine Falls but it is definitely worth visiting for the views and hiking trails.

  12. Serpertine Falls – the name alone is enticing and there’s a certain precariousness in it…and I guess it proved me right after reading about the “brain-eating amoeba”. Well nature is always full of surprises 😉 #flyingbaguette

  13. Serpentine Falls looks like a wonderful place to visit! After being stuck indoors for most of 2020, I would welcome the fresh air and beautiful views. It’s good to know that there are spacious accommodations nearby, and that a kitchen is available in the cabin. We often cook breakfast before heading out on our outdoor excursions.

    1. We like to cook breakfast in our accommodation before heading out for the day too. It means we can eat healthy and save our money for lunch.

  14. Serpentine Falls looks like a fun place to visit and I’d love to see some of the wildlife on those trails. Good to know that you shouldn’t swim there. After reading “brain-eating amoeba” I think I would stay clear of that water!

  15. A nice recreational spot to be in tune with nature. One look at the falls and the surroundings and it soothes your entire being! Looking forward to visit this nature’s paradise. Thanks for the post.

    1. Serpentine Falls certainly is a wonderful recreational spot surrounded by nature. Thank you.

  16. I was going to ask you if you all were swimming until I arrive to the meningitis part ahaaha.
    In any case, looks like an amazing and refreshing place.
    Loving always your guides Wendy, hope to make it to Australia sometime soon!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Ignacio. It’s best not to swim at Serpentine Falls although many people do.

  17. ‘Brain-eating amoeba’ and 28 deaths wouldn’t typically entice me to put ANY destination on the list, Wendy, but on further reflection: yeah.. this seems like a cool place. Such a pity with the ‘no swimming’ guidance though… I’ve only just got started open water swimming…

    1. Lots of people do swim there but I caution on the safe side. Serpentine Falls is still a beautiful place to visit especially in late winter or spring.

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