Top Trail: Lesmurdie Falls, Perth Hills
Lesmurdie Falls located in the Mundy Regional Park in the hills east of Perth, is one of the more spectacular waterfalls on the Darling Range escarpment. There are a number of walk trails you can explore from here depending on the time you have, your level of fitness and the degree of difficulty you choose.
About the Trail
This walk is particularly recommended in winter and spring when the rains swell Lesmurdie Brook which tumbles over the Darling Range Escarpment.
A list of walk trails below are available from here of varying degrees of difficulty, Including:
The Falls Trail. 640m return, Class 2, allow 45 min.
The Shoulder Trail. 1.5km return, Class 3, allow 1hr.
Lesmurdie Brook Loop. 1.5km loop, Class 2, allow 1 hr.
The Foot of the Falls Trail. 2km return, Class 3, allow 1hr.
The Valley Loop Trail. 3km return, Class 3, allow 2hrs.
Walking down the hill, the trail follows the brook until it reaches a bridge at the top of the falls. A lookout allows you to view the falls and, on a clear day, the flat land of the coastal plain sweeps the eye out over Perth city to Rottnest Island on the western horizon.
If you're feeling energetic, follow the trail down to the picnic area at the base of the hills. From here a short trail leads to the base of the falls. This is more like a waterfall in New Zealand than in Perth and is quite unique to the region. The lush vegetation grows where the bubbling brook hits the base of the waterfall.
The climb back up the hill to return to the car park is steep but short. Enjoy morning tea or lunch in the near by Kalamunda Village.
Need to Know
With its village charm, forested hills, vineyards and breathtaking views from the Darling Scarp, Kalamunda puts country living within easy reach of the city. It's also the starting point for one of the world's great long distance walk trails, the Bibbulmun Track. Driving east from Perth, you'll be transported from the city to the serenity of Kalamunda in just 30 minutes. You can even bus it from Perth in just over one hour and 20 minutes, making it an easy daytrip. Here, where the foothills of the coastal plains meet the Darling Scarp, lookouts offer sweeping vistas that stretch to Perth's city skyline. One of the best spots to snap those views is from Zig Zag Scenic Drive, and you'll find more great drives, picnic spots and bushwalking trails in the state forests, national parks and open spaces that cover more than 70 percent of the region. A short walk from the main street brings you to the start of the Bibbulmun Track, leading into Kalamunda National Park and more than 1,000 kilometres to Albany on the south coast. Or take the five kilometre drive to Lesmurdie Falls to view the cascading falls after winter rains. Time your visit to coincide with the spring wildflower season and you'll also be dazzled by a sea of colourful blooms. For a glimpse of yesteryear, explore the impressive collection of heritage buildings at the Kalamunda History Village, or head for Stirk Cottage and Park - the first house to be built in Kalamunda (circa 1881) which demonstrates the amazing resourcefulness of early pioneers. Lovers of art are invited to view the extensive public art works, including the largest community built stained glass window in Australia. You'll also find a huge variety of galleries and regular craft markets, not to mention a packed events calendar featuring the Perth Hills Wine Show (September), Zig Zag Festival (October), Kalamunda Agricultural Show (April) and the Harvest Festival (May). Dining and shopping options offer just as much variety, as does the range of accommodation, from charming bed and breakfasts and historic hotels to family-friendly caravan parks.
Perth Hills Visitor Centre
50 Railway Road, Perth Western Australia 6076, Australia
Phone: (08) 9257 9998
The friendly staff at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre will provide you with a range of information on local attractions to help you enjoy your visit to the Shire of Kalamunda and Perth Hills, a premier tourism destination within Western Australia. Situated in the Zig Zag Cultural Centre, the Visitor Centre offers up-to-date information on where to go, where to stay and what to do within the Shire of Kalamunda, including local maps, bushwalking guides and a comprehensive range of brochures on local attractions. The Visitor Centre also offers a diverse selection of quality locally-made merchandise including pottery, woodwork, bags, books, cards, arts and crafts, maps and information on local wineries and tasting tours, and is the entry to the Kalamunda History Village. The visitors Centre prides itself on customer service, the promotion of the region, supporting local arts and craft groups, promoting local tourism operators. Space is available for hire to local and regional tourism operators and associated businesses to promote their product or service. This service includes promotion on the LCD screen in the centre and can be booked for month long blocks. Fees apply. Open 9.00am to 4.00pm weekdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm weekends and public holidays.