The 5 Best Hikes Near Perth Western Australia

Paruna Wildlife Conservancy

We have some great day walking trails right on our doorstep here in Perth and there’s nothing better for recharging the batteries than heading out for a day of bushwalking. Plus, these day walks are a fantastic way to train for our longer, guided walking tours like the Cape to Cape Track, the Bibbulmun Track or in the Stirling Ranges.

Here are the official Inspiration Outdoors top five best hikes near Perth. Read on to get the lowdown on where, when and how to do the best bush walks that Perth has to offer. We also run $35 guided day walk tours of some of the below hikes. Click here for more information.

5. The Bold and the Beautiful – Bold Park

Bold Park
Bold Park, Image: Walks GPS

Did you know that Bold Park is bigger than King’s Park? And, if you live in Perth, it’s right under your nose. This is a great one to start with if you’re new to bush walking, time poor, or if you just want to get out into nature without going too far. Bold Park has over 15 km of walk trails, many of which are on fully formed surfaces. Highlights include great views of the city and coast, remnant bushland, bird life and spring wildflowers.

Where:  Bold Park, Oceanic Drive, City Beach.
Length:  Up to 15 km of walk trails.
Difficulty:  Easy.  Formed path (but not all paved)
Best Time:  April – November.

Click to download the trail notes bold_park_trail_map

Ghost House Trail, Yanchep
Ghost House Trail, Yanchep

4. Not so scary – Ghost House Trail, Yanchep National Park

This is a fabulous 10 km loop walk around the wetlands of Yanchep National Park, about 40 minutes north of Perth. It’s flat and easy going with a shelter and toilet half way – perfect for a lunch break.

The walk is best done in winter or spring when there’s some water in the lakes, but Autumn can be pretty too. Highlights include views over the wetland, emu and kangaroo sightings, and wonderful limestone formations near the shelter. Plus you can have an ice cold beer or a coffee at the inn when you finish. One of the best hikes near Perth? Definitely!

Where:  Wanneroo Rd, Yanchep.
Length:  10 km loop trail.
Difficulty:  Moderate. Easy to navigate. Not too many hills,
Best Time:  Winter and spring.

Click below to download the Park Notes from the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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PDF: Yanchep Guide and maps

Eagle's View, John Forrest National Park
Eagle’s View, John Forrest National Park

3. Up with the birds – Eagle’s View Trail, John Forrest National Park

This is one of our absolute favourites. Many would claim this to be one of the best walking trails near Perth. Only 30 minutes east of Perth, Eagle’s View Trail is a 15 km moderate to challenging loop walk. There are great views over the coastal plain, lovely spots along the Jane Brook and stunning wildflowers in spring.

The best time to walk is late winter and early spring, when there is water in the brook but it’s a great training walk for any of the cooler months. Wear good shoes as there are a few slippery bits coming down pea gravel hills.

For more info on this walk, see our previous blog.

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Paruna Wildlife Conservancy
Paruna Wildlife Conservancy

2. Echidna Spotting – Paruna Wildlife Reserve, Numbat Trail

Aaah Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary, what a wonderful place! There are three walks of different lengths and difficulty at Paruna. At 12 km, the Numbat Trail is the longest (and the best). There are a number of hills but the stunning views over the Avon Valley make it all worth the effort. As a bonus, you have a good chance of seeing echidnas, kangaroos, emus and more.

The park is managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and you have to contact them to gain access. DO NOT just turn up as you need the code to get in the gate! Email them at visitparuna@australianwildlife.org. Entree fee is $5 per person.

Where:  Avon Rd, Avon Valley.
Length:  12 km loop trail.
Difficulty:  Challenging. Easy to navigate but lots of ups and downs.
Best Time:  Spring. Please note that the reserve isn’t open for a number of months over summer and autumn because of the threat of bush fire.

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The best walk in Perth
The best walk in Perth

1. And the winner is… Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnocks Campsite, Bibbulmun Track

Drum roll, queue the classical music, dim the lights… the best hike near Perth has got to be Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnocks Shelter on the Bibbulmun Track. Taking in Mount Vincent and Cuthbert as well as one of the best campsites on the Bibbulmun Track, this is a great day out.

Rather than walk back to Sullivan’s Rock on the Bibbulmun Track (over both ‘mountains’ again) you can make it a loop walk by taking a fire break back from Monadnocks. Make sure you have a map (and know how to use it) if you choose this route as the fire break isn’t signed.

Either way you walk is around 12 km. With those hills, plan a night on the couch in front of the TV after doing this one. The views are definitely worth it though and this is a great place to see echidnas.

Where:  Sullivan’s Rock is on Albany Highway, 9 km past the Jarrahdale turn off. Park on the west side of the hwy at Sullivan Rock recreation area.
Length:  12 km loop trail or return.
Difficulty:  Moderate to Challenging. Easy to navigate but you have to climb some mountains.
Best Time:  June-October.

For more detailed info on this walk see our post The best bush walk in Perth?  Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnocks – Bibbulmun Track

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So there you have our list of the Best hikes near Perth.  If you have done any of these walks, or you have a favourite walk of your own, please leave us a comment – we love to hear from you.  

Looking for something longer?

Cape to Cape Track

Bibbulmun Track – Walpole to Denmark

Bibbulmun Track – Albany to Denmark

Looking for something even more adventurous?

The Kimberley

Karijini and the Chicester Ranges

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13 Responses

  1. Angela Chambers
    Angela Chambers at |

    Great hiking ideas- have done 1/2, other 1/2 to go!

  2. Robin
    Robin at |

    Delighted that the Eagle View walk was included. One doesn’t subscribe to “the best” just happy they are nearby with easy access. All have their unique charms.

  3. Alex
    Alex at |

    Great list, have hiked all except bold park and Sullivan’s Rock – will definitely plan a trip out there

  4. Hike Gone Wrong – Part 1 | The Exercise Hitlist

    I opted for something close to home and that was recommended as the top hike in the Perth area by Inspiration Outdoors website.  The walk I wanted to complete was the Sullivans Rock to Monadnocks Campsite.

  5. Kingerz
    Kingerz at |

    Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnocks Campsite: This walk is closed as at September 2015 for ‘aerial burning’ for an unspecified time. A sign tells you quite a way into the walk.

  6. juliadiets.com
    juliadiets.com at |

    Western Australia is home to some amazing hiking trails that are suitable for the whole family, many of which are located within easy reach of city areas. So what are you waiting for? Grab your pack and head out!

  7. Monica
    Monica at |

    We (myself and 2 children) did the Quenda walk at the Paruna Wildlife park yesterday. What a pleasure to discover such an undisturbed, peaceful environment so close to home. There was no one else there, and the last people had been there 4 days before us! The walk was beautiful (would not want to go there on a warm day though) with a number of different landscapes. It was a challenging walk however, and probably the hardest 6km I have walked.
    Thanks for your blog as I would not have found the walk otherwise.

  8. Top Walking Routes Around Australia - 12WBT 12WBT

    […] Bold Park in Perth is also a great place for walks that doesn’t require you to drive to far out of Perth city. It’s a highly conserved area so they allow you to walk around the park or even join a guided walk. If you’re new to bushwalking this is great taster for it. It’s over 15km of walking trails, many of which are on fully formed surfaces. You can access the area via Ocean Drive in City Beach. […]

  9. amelia
    amelia at |

    just wondering, are there places to camp at (overnight hikes) with any of these trails?

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