If there’s one thing dogs love more than anything it’s going for a walk. Thankfully there are numerous trails around Perth and further afield that you and your pooch can enjoy together.
Here’s some of our favourites to get you and your canine-companion on the right track.
For trail options close to Perth, check out Law Walk Loop in Kings Park. Starting near the State War Memorial this 3.7km trail takes you through beautiful bush and native gardens with sections offering elevated views of Perth City and its surrounds. Allow a couple of hours and please keep your dog on a lead.
The Star Swamp Bushland Reserve, located in North Beach just 15kms from Perth CBD, is another loop trail option. This picturesque walk takes you through bushland and wetland and includes a Heritage Trail that provides information about the local history and environment.
If you want to venture further from the City then head for Jorgensen Park Walk Trail. Located in Kalamunda, this 2.7km loop is an easy walk that offers pretty vistas and valley views. Allow an hour for the walk and consider visiting during wildflower season (August to October).
A slightly longer and slightly more challenging walk near Kalamunda is Whistlepipe Gully. This trail follows a stream so winter is the best time for seeing water flowing or walk in spring when the wildflowers are on show. This is strictly an ‘on leash’ trail.
Settlers Common Walk Trails in Armadale will take you and your doggy between one to three hours to complete depending on which trail you choose. There are lookouts and picnic areas so take your time. If visiting in Spring, bring your camera as the wildflowers are prolific.
Bells Rapids River Walk is also less than an hour’s drive from Perth. Located in the Swan Valley this fido-friendly trail is mostly flat with some steep and rocky sections requiring a bit more effort. It’s well worth visiting from June to November when the water is flowing and the wildflowers are out.
If you’re seeking a more challenging walk, Sixty Foot Falls in Gosnells’ Ellis Brook Valley will certainly fit the bill. Bushwalking experience is recommended for this 2km loop that’ll take about an hour to complete.
There’s also dog-friendly trails in regional WA. Down south options include the Wadandi Track in Margaret River which incorporates a number of trails of different lengths. Another is the Pelican Trail in Augusta, which is an easy one hour walk that follows the Blackwood River.
Dogs are also welcome on the Reynoldson Reserve Walk Trail near Wongan Hills and at Giralia Station south of Exmouth.
Remember: Bring water for you and your dog and a leash. Some trails are strictly ‘on-leash’ and keeping your dog on a leash is advisable on all trails where you may encounter wildlife and other dogs.
For a full list of dog-friendly trails, click here.
Written by: Serena Kirby