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Lane Poole Falls Walk Trail, Northcliffe Lane Poole Falls Walk Trail, Northcliffe

  • 1-3 hours
  • 5 km
    • Bush Walk Class 3

      Moderate trail that may have short steep hills, rough surface, many steps or some rock hopping. Directional signage. Some bushwalking experience and moderate fitness required.

Venture into wild forest on this 5km moderate walk trail linking the Boorara Tree recreation site with Lane Poole Falls.  Wander towards through mixed karri and marri forest which changes to riverine vegetation as you descend into the Canterbury River valley.

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The Lane Poole Falls Walk Trail starts at the Boorara Tree day use recreation site about 18km south-east of Northcliffe.  Follow the signs off Boorara Road to the tree, which, until 1977, was a fire lookout tower.  The Boorara tree, which has had its cabin removed, is surrounded by a shady picnic area.  Here you'll find the start of a 5km track to the misty veil of Lane Poole Falls on the Cantebury River. 

The trail was once a firebreak, designed to bring a raging wildfire to a sudden halt.  These days all it will stop is you as you pause to admire the tall karri trees keeping quiet sentinel over the creepers, vines and mosses, scrambling across the dense forest floor. 

In spring, the awakening wild flowers peep over the blanket of undergrowth.  As you near the falls, the track descends steeply, before you emerge to see the fast flowing water tumbling over a granite wall to a pool, 12 metres below.  

Granite outcrops along the trail support a rich diversity of fragile plants. Take a rest at the lookout shelter near the falls and enjoy the sounds of the forest.In summer the flow may be reduced to a trickle but you can still soak up the unspoilt atmosphere of this hidden valley with its towering river banksias.

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Time / Duration

1.5 hours return


5km return

What To Pack

Group B - Hiking & Long Distance Trails (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Boorara Tree recreation area, 18km south-east of Northcliffe, which is 350km (4 hours 10 mins) south of Perth

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Trail End

Lane Poole Falls

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Bush Walk

Class 3

Moderate trail that may have short steep hills, rough surface, many steps or some rock hopping. Directional signage. Some bushwalking experience and moderate fitness required.

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  • Car Park
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

Falls flow at their best June to October. Forest walk trail is accessible year round.


No fees apply

Trail Access

Drive or bus to Northcliffe then drive from Northcliffe to the Boorara Tree.

Prohibited Items

No pets
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2 trail goers have rated Lane Poole Falls Walk Trail, Northcliffe as 4.5 out of 5!

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Abbey Pescud

Reviewed 12 Jul 2023, 1:12pm

This trail is definitely worth checking out. The waterfall in July is amazing! The hike itself is through the beautiful Karri forrest, and in winter it is so refreshing.
There are handrails at the end where the hike down to the falls becomes fairly steep, making this trail accessible for most hikers.
5 stars :)
Kerry Owens

Reviewed 2 Mar 2016, 7:43pm

This walk is through part of the fire ravaged area around Northcliffe. We went to the area to see how the forest is recovering. The trail itself is easy to follow as DPaW has been through to remove dangerous limbs and trees. They have also repaired the viewing platform located towards the end of the trail. It was fantastic to see the trees starting to sprout new growth and to see many birds in the area. The last 200m of the trail is rather steep and it was covered in leaves and bark but still passable. The falls themselves would be quite spectacular in late winter early spring but as we went in autumn there was only a trickle of water going over them. We enjoyed the walk but you do need to be fit to attempt it.

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