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Helena Pipehead Walk, Helena Valley

  • 1-3 hours
  • 5.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

A moderately easy 5.2km loop walk through Beelu National Park in the Perth Hills, with lovely views of Helena River and the valley’s wandoo woodland, leading to a beautiful outlook of the Lower Helena Pipehead Dam. Beautiful orchids flourish during Western Australia’s popular wildflower season.

Views of the Dam and the catchment facility
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Trail Start

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End of Helena Valley Road, Helena Valley, 23km (30 minutes) north-east of Perth

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Helena Pipehead Walk is a moderately easy walk through Beelu National Park in Helena Valley, located 23km (30 minute drive) north-east of Perth in the Perth Hills. The 5.2km loop trail follows the Helena River and overlooks the valley and its wandoo woodland, with spectacular views following the water pipe that leads to Lower Helena Pipehead Dam. 

The trail commences where the sealed section of Helena Valley Road ends, after a short beautiful drive that winds through Helena Valley. There is a small area to park your car at the start of the trail. (Please be aware that parking is limited and turning around can be difficult.)

The first part of the track follows the unmade Helena Valley Road, taking you to a steel bridge with a white gate (which may be locked). As you follow the trail, the Helena River and views of the valley should be to your left.

The trail is comfortable and wide but somewhat rocky in sections. There are some sections that are quite steep. 

Wildflower season, August to November, offers you the opportunity to see spectacular wildflowers, especially orchids.

There are no obvious trail markers or signage so it is important to follow the walk trail map closely, as it is easy to find yourself on a different trail.

Walk trail map is available at the City of Kalamunda website

Trail Notes:

1. Take the left fork. The first part of the track is followng the unsealed section of the Helena Valley Road.

2. Cross a dry water course with a steel bridge and a gate (which may be locked).

3. Continue along the track for good views of the Pipehead Dam.

4. At this point, veer away from the river and head uphill.

5. At T-junction, take the right fork at the Shire sign. This is the furthest point of the walk.

6. A track converges from the left near an old car body.

7. Ignore track to the right.

8. Cross an open area and go through the white gate.

9. Rejoin main road and turn left.

10. Return to the car park at the start of the trail.

Perth Hills Visitor Centre

(08) 9257 9998

Other Links

  • City of Kalamunda

    Download maps and kml files for all walks in Kalamunda Shire

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Time / Duration

Up to 2 hours


5.2km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

End of Helena Valley Road, Helena Valley, 23km (30 minutes) north-east of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Difficulty Notes

Moderately easy with some steep sections


  • Bicycles Prohibited

Best time of year

August to November for wildflowers

Trail Access

Road 2WD

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2 trail goers have rated Helena Pipehead Walk, Helena Valley as 5 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.

Justin Addams

Reviewed 10 Nov 2021, 9:43am

Summary: Recommend this trail, great views on the N/NE side of the loop.
Great views for over half the trail.

Some surprisingly steep and possibly slippery sections.
Jana Coker

Reviewed 18 Sep 2020, 4:20pm

Great walk in winter, plenty to see on the way and we didn't even need markers as the trail was so easy to follow.

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