Western Australia is blessed with many trails to explore and experience our wonderful natural areas. Depending on your preferred mode of movement, there are many ways you can travel these trails, be iit in a car, on a walk trail, bicycle, horse, paddling or snorkelling.
You can visit some of the parks and trails from the comfort of your home on Google Street View.
To find out more about park entry fees, park passes, concessions, planning your trip or organised group outings visit Access to Nature.
Here some trails south of Perth:
- Crooked Brook Forest Path, near Dardanup is a hidden jewel, featuring interpretive signs about flora and fauna on a 600m loop trail.
- Big Brook Dam, near Pemberton, is on the Karri Forest Explorer and provides a 4km sealed trail following the shores of the dam. There are accessible fishing platforms along the way. Information on AccessWA.
- Pupalong Loop Trail at Point D’Entrecastreaux, south of Northcliffe in D’Entrecasteaux National Park, is a 400m loop trail showcasing the spectacular cliffs of this rugged coastline with interpretive information about how important country is to the Noongar custodians of the South West. Information on AccessWA.
- Beedelup Falls lookout, in Greater Beedelup National Park near Pemberton, is accessible on a 300m walk trail overlooking the Beedelup Brook. Information on AccessWA. Take in the views from the lookout over Beedelup Falls on Google Street View.
- Karri Forest Explorer drive trail winds through some of the south west’s most magnificent karri forest around Pemberton. You can explore the forest at your own pace and stop at many places along the way. Big Brook Dam, Beedelup Falls and Cascades have accessible facilities.
- Heartbreak Drive Trail in Warren National Park is a one-way gravel road that loops 12km through the Warren River valley in beautiful karri forest. It is very steep in places and can become slippery when wet and not suitable for buses or caravans.
- Darwinia Drive Trail takes you into the heart of the Dryandra woodlands near Narrogin. This 23km drive has 5 interpretive stops. Take a picnic lunch and search for orchids as you go.
Here some trails north of Perth:
- The Pinnacles View Lookout has a 1.2km concrete path with gradients up to 1:10 and is located just behind the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre which lies in low heath at the edge of the yellow sands of the Pinnacles Desert. The building has been designed to blend with the surrounding environment and incorporates solar power, passive solar building design and rainwater collection.
- Fascinating structures known as thrombolites at Lake Thetis provide insights into what life was like at the dawn of time. The first 300 metres of boardwalk around the shores of the lake is universally accessible, passes the best examples of thrombolites in the lake, and provides opportunities to see and learn about these communities and the interesting environment that supports them.
- Lesueur Walk Trails include the Lesueur Entry Station Walk 50m return and located approximately 2km from Cockleshell Gully Road along the 18km bitumen Lesueur Scenic Drive. There is also a 400m return Botanical Path which leads to Iain Wilson Lookout within the Lesueur National Park.
- Weano Gorge is spectacular and beautiful and is perhaps the most accessible gorge in Karijini National Park (Western Australias second largest national park). Around the top of the gorge there are relatively easy walks accessible from the picnic area. The Park includes a visitor centre off Banjima Drive with sealed tracks around the centre. At Hamersley Gorge there is a 50m walk along a sealed track to a lookout over the gorge. There is assisted wheelchair access to Junction Pool Lookout, Circular Pool Lookout and the Weano Recreation Area. Independent wheelchair access is available at the Karijini Visitor Centre and the Dales Recreation Area.
- From the sheltered Hawks Head picnic area in Kalbarri National Park there are great views of the Murchison River Gorge or there is a solid path to the lookout point providing more views of the Gorge. There is also the Ross Graham Lookout accessed off the Hawks Head Road with picnic areas and toilets with a 20m walk to the lookout.
- Hidden Valley road is a scenic drive through the Mirima National Park. There is a Looking at Plants Nature Trail which is a 400m loop trail of hardened path and boardwalk featuring trailside signs.
- The Monkey Mia Reserve within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area includes a Visitor Centre with interpretive signs and sealed paths throughout the site. The beach is accessible on a 1:14 timber ramp and you can borrow a beach wheelchair with large pneumatic tyres that can be immersed in water from the visitor centre at no charge but may require assistance.
- Located adjacent to Ningaloo Marine Park, Cape Range National Park boasts spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers that adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world. Along the stunning drive on sealed roads both can be appreciated. There are several stops along the way including the Jurabi Turtle Centre and the Milyering Discovery Centre, Turquoise Bay with purpose-built viewing platforms and shelters to watch humpback whales and turtles (seasonal).
- The Millstream Homestead Walk Trail is a 750m long interpretive loop trail around the 1920s ex-pastoral station homestead. There are bridges and seats along the way and most of the trail surface is compacted, but some areas can get boggy after rain so assistance for wheelchairs may be required.
- The 240m Koala boardwalk trail is only one of nice walk trails in the Yanchep National Park. There is also a 1km family friendly walk featuring interpretive signage, visiting ‘Dwerta Mia’ – the ‘house of the wild dog’ – which gives an understanding of Aboriginal culture and limestone environments. These trails allow visitors to see Australias native animals in a natural environment in the Yanchep National Park.