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Bickley Reservoir Walk, Perth Hills Bickley Reservoir Walk, Perth Hills

  • 1-3 hours
  • 3.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

      Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

With an abundance of birdlife, beautiful Wandoo and Sheok granite outcrops and views stretching out to the valley, overlooking the reservoir and out to the city, the 3.2km Bickley Reservoir Walk is a moderately difficult walk with some steep climbs and steep descents.

Bubbling Bickley Brook along the Bickley Reservoir Trail
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Bickley Reservoir was originally constructed in 1920 with the purpose of supplementing Perth’s water supply. In 1936, the Reservoir was taken out of service and the water used for irrigation until 1944.  Following, Bickley Reservoir and the surrounding catchment area was set aside for recreational purposes.

Apart from bushwalking other activities in the area include mountain bike riding and horse riding. Facilities include barbecues, toilets and tap water. There is plenty of shade available and the wildflowers are on show in the spring months from September through to November.

The Bickley Reservoir Trail is quite a challenging trail, but as always offers some beautiful views overlooking the valley and Reservoir below as well as stretching out to the city afar. Beautiful Wandoo and Sheok forests compliment the granite outcrops as you walk along the ridgeline. The trail is 3.2km return with a large loop section.

Signage needs a little work but you can download a copy of the trail to help you along, the trail is setup to be done in a clockwise direction.

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Time / Duration

1.5 hours


3.2km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Hardinge Rd Carpark, Bickley, 22km (25 min) east of Perth

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Trail End

Hardinge Rd Carpark, Bickley, 22km (25 min) east of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

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Difficulty Notes

Some steep climbs and steep descents.

Hazards & Warnings

Trail is subject to erosion. Avoid in wet weather as trail may be dangerously slippery. Summer months (December to April) can be extremely hot.


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • All accessible toilet facilities

Best time of year

August to November for wildflowers

Trail Access

By sealed road. Parking available at Hardinge Park, Orange Grove

Prohibited Items

No pets
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5 trail goers have rated Bickley Reservoir Walk, Perth Hills as 3 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 14 Sep 2022, 12:41pm

A little challenging especially in Winter when the steep ascents and descents can be pretty slippery but overall a nice enough trail.
Mike Hunt

Reviewed 4 Dec 2020, 4:40pm

Pretty much walking up a rutted 4wd track up a hill, barely any single track
Jonathan Ponton

Reviewed 15 Aug 2020, 6:39pm

Challenging trails so it's good if that's all you're interested in.
Becky Ioppolo

Reviewed 14 Jul 2020, 2:59pm

Completed in early July, this walk felt a bit treacherous at times with steep ascents and descents. We felt very lucky that it had rained a few days before so the ground was just the right amount of sticky to provide some traction. Bone dry may have been just as scary as wet and slippery. Saw and heard a lot of cockatoos. Finished the hike in just under 2 hours but given the rigour we felt that we really earned a nice lunch aftewards.
Emma Simper

Reviewed 4 Jan 2019, 3:55pm

We were lucky to walk this in January as it was a very cool day. Beautiful views, reasonably tricky terrain but clear paths, and yes, the descent from the summit was very steep and quite slippy, even when bone dry. The path was clearly marked and noted on the map and guide, we enjoyed the entire walk to ourselves, and all of us (Mum, Dad, two sons aged 10 and 7) had a lovely time and felt like we'd accomplished something without being wiped out.

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