As the weather is starting to cool down it's the perfect time to start planning some adventures for autumn. We've curated a list of great trails to explore in and around Perth and the Perth Hills.
Head out on one or more of these trails - and Find yourself in amazing places!
The Eagle View Walk Trail is situated in John Forrest National park in the Darling Ranges. This Top Trail takes walkers away from the picnic areas, initially following Jane Brook down the valley. It then climbs up the valley wall where you can stop and admire the view. The trail then weaves its way up and down valleys, creek lines and hills before heading back to the Brook which it follows back to the main visitor's area. Pack a picnic and stop at Hovea Falls for lunch. The 15 kilometre trail can be tackled clockwise or anticlockwise. It's more challenging than other trails in the park, but your efforts are well rewarded.
With over 40km of fully signed single-track, the Kalamunda Trails area is the most popular MTB destination in WA. It is only a 40 minutes drive from the centre of Perth, and is situated in both picturesque National Park and State Forest. The Black Stump Pump Track is an outstanding facility suitable for riders of all ages and abilities and a great introduction to mountain biking. Bike hire and classes are available from Rock 'n' Roll Mountain Biking and a shuttle service is run by volunteers on some Sundays.
Walyunga National Park covers 1,800 hectares of the Darling Range, tucked behind the Darling Scarp, covering both sides of a steep valley. Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River which passes through the tree lined valley.
Walyunga contains one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites around Perth and was still in use by the Noongar people late last century. The area has been used as a meeting place for more than 6000 years. Walyunga is an Aboriginal name, but its meaning is uncertain. Local Noongar people believe the Swan River was carved by the Waugal, and greet the dreamtime serpent here by rubbing sand on their bodies and throwing it in the water.
The walk trail starts beside the lower pool in Walyunga and follows the river to Syd's rapids and then ascends into the woodland. The trail markers are blue footprints and are designed to be followed in an anti clockwise direction.
Walk a section - or ride the entire loop in a day! The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail follows the route of the old Eastern Railway and is unique in providing a 41 kilometre loop entirely on railway formations. This extensive trail passes through quaint hills communities including Darlington, Parkerville and Mundaring, and covers a wide range of terrains with scenic views and numerous points of historical and natural significance. Lots of places to stop for a picnic or buy a coffee along the way.
This out and back day walk through Beelu National Park traverses 6.2km (12.4km return) of the Bibbulmun Track. Starting from the Perth Hills National Parks Centre this walk takes you up to the Golden View Lookout for a fantastic view over Mundaring Weir.
For a shorter 8km walk, start and finish at the Mundaring Weir Hotel where you can get a cold drink and a meal.