Serpentine Falls Trail, Serpentine NP, Jarrahdale
Serpentine National Park is just one hours’ drive 55km south-east of Perth, and makes an ideal day visit. The Serpentine Falls Walk Trail, located in the beautiful and diverse Peel Region of WA, is an easy stroll from the car park to see the lovely Falls, or you can venture on top to see the cascade from the viewing platform.
About the Trail
Serpentine National Park is just one hours’ drive 55 kilometres south-east of Perth, and makes an ideal day visit. The Serpentine Falls Walk Trail is an easy stroll from the carpark to see the lovely Falls, or you can venture on top to see the cascade from the viewing platform.
The walk is essentially a gravel road of approximately 0.5 kilometres from the carpark to the Serpentine Falls which is not accessible to vehicles. To continue up to the viewing platform, there are rocky outcrops so take care. The treed, grassy park beside the parking area has toilets, gas barbecues, tables and shaded areas but remember no alcohol or glass is allowed into the Park.
Three walks can be accessed from the Serpentine picnic area car park; the Falls Walk Trail, Baldwins Bluff Nature Track and Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track. During the busy summer months, it is recommended that you arrive before 11am, since once the Park has reached maximum capacity the Rangers will close the gates (open daily 8.30am till 5.00pm).
Need to Know
Surrounded by forests and steeped in European settler history, the pretty country town of Serpentine is at the heart of a vibrant rural district. Escape the city and enjoy the area's unique blend of popular parks, galleries, farming towns, bushwalks, wineries and stunning scenery. Just under an hour southeast of Perth by car, there's a timeless quality to Serpentine and the neighbouring towns of Mundijong and Jarrahdale on the Darling Scarp, bordering Serpentine National Park and Mundlinup State Forest. There are many bushwalks through the forested hinterland of the Darling Range, including the world-famous Bibbulmun Track - more than 1,000 kilometres of scenic walking trail that stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. Venture into the Serpentine National Park to stroll among the pine trees at Gooralong Park, stopping for a picnic or barbeque with the resident kangaroos. Alternatively, head to Serpentine Dam - it's one of Perth's largest dams and a great picnic spot, with a playground, toilets and café. As you explore the scenic forests and plains, it's easy to see how the area sustained one of the world's oldest surviving cultures for thousands of years before European pioneers settled here in the 1840s. Today, the fertile landscape is dotted with farms, orchards and heritage country towns where you can search for collectibles and handcrafted curios in antique stores. Or admire the historic buildings, many of which now operate as museums, arts and crafts galleries, and tea gardens. If you're looking for more than morning or afternoon tea, you'll find a number of restaurants and taverns in the area serving hearty country fare. A range of accommodation is also available, from traditional bed and breakfasts through to the more unusual option of converted railway carriages.