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About Palm Terrace Walk, Forrestfield
The Palm Terrace Walk is one of Perth's most underrated trails, offering panoramic views of the city while winding its way through both the Mundy Regional Park and Lesmurdie Falls National Park.
With several starting points - some with facilities, some without - this 5.5km loop walk will challenge you on some of the areas more moderate climbs, but will reward you with the best views Perth has to offer. Palm Terrace is highly recommended from August to November to witness both our wildflower season and the stunning Lesmurdie Falls, just a short detour off the path.
Please note that the trail is not signed consistently and will require some hiking experience and directions to be read carefully, prior to leaving.
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Start point: Lower Lesmurdie Falls Car Park.
1. Leave the car park from the southwest corner and walk between four large gravel boulders.
2. Take the left fork; towards power line poles
3. Turn left at the T junction and follow the power line uphill.
4. At the intersection of two power lines, turn left and head up hill.
5. Take the left fork at this T junction.
6. Ignore a track coming in from the right and continue up hill.
7. Ignore a track from the left and continue up towards the fence and houses.
8. Pass through two white gates, over a bridge and along a narrow path along a old granite rock wall
9. Join a main dirt trail, slightly uphill and follow this along panoramic views of Perth
10. At a white gate, at the end of a private road, follow the walk trail sign along a narrow track, past boulders below the road.
11. Rejoin the sealed road here at Falls Road and head towards the Lesmurdie Falls Car Park.
12. Leave the road at the car park and walk down the ramp to the left of the car park. Toilets are here if you need them.
13. Walk past the picnic tables and turn right off the concrete path, along a newly laid path to a bridge over a creek on your left.
14. At the trail marker turn left, cross over this creek and walk up a steep hill.
15. At a T junction, take the right fork and continue up hill towards the communication tower.
16. Reach the top of the climb to another T junction. Take the left branch and start down hill. You should be able to see the CBD.
17. Ignore a track from the left, keep heading down hill.
18. At a T junction, turn left. The red markers indicate this is a section of the Lewis Road walk.
19. At the T junction take the left branch and walk along the edge or the Perth Hills with panoramic views of Perth city.
20. Descend down a steep climb, follow the trail along a fence line, passed a house.
21. At the gate on Palm Terrace, turn left and walk back to the car park to complete the walk.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
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.
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Hazards & WarningsThe trail is not signed well and will require experience and directions to be read carefully prior to leaving
FacilitiesPlease note the only facilities on this trail are located at the Lesmurdie Falls car park, which can either be your starting point or midway point on the trail. There are no toilet facilities at the Palm Terrace car park.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
August to November for wildflowers and waterfalls
Road or bus
Prohibited ItemsPart of the trail enters the Lesmurdie National Park, therefore pets are not allowed.
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Taking in views of the City of Perth and the coastAs you near the end of the trail, this is the perfect spot to take in one last look of the city and greater region.
Lower Lesmurdie Falls Car Park Trailhead.Head southwest of the car park and start the trail between four boulders.
Only a short flat section before you start your climb.Continue straight, along the gravel surface, taking the left at the "Y "intersection.
Follow the power lines uphill.At the "T" section turn left, heading up hill along side the power lines. A faint trail sign can be found here. Can you see it?
Beautiful Scenery.Enjoy beautiful scenery as you continue to climb uphill.
Challenging climbs but the views are worth it.There are many trails that veer off the main trail, which can be exciting to explore but to stay on the Palm Terrace Walk, be sure to keep going straight up. Don't forget to turn around and take in the views, this section first thing in the morning is stunning.
A "T" Intersection ahead.Ahead is a "T" intersection. Turn left and continue to head uphill towards your first scenic views of Perth City.
Scenic Views of Perth City.As you climb higher you will get your first views of Perth City and the coast line.
Beautiful LandscapesSome of the landscape on the Palm Terrace Walk. Keeping heading up and you will come to a fence line along a property.
Passing through Mundy Regional Park gates.As you pass the fence line surrounding a property, you will come across an orange Mundy Regional Park gate at the end of a sealed cul-de-sac. Turn left to pass a second Mundy Regional Park gate and head down towards a old wooden bridge.
Mundy Regional Park gatePassing your second Mundy Regional Park gate, you dip down to cross a creek, over an old wooden bridge.
Creek CrossingCross over the old wooden bridge and head straight.
Follow the old granite rock wallFollow a narrow trail along a small wall of granite rocks.
Stunning views of Perth CityAs you traverse further along the granite rock wall, take in the panoramic views of Perth and it's coastline.
Narrow trails amongst wildflowersAt the gate, below Falls Road, take the small narrow trail to the left and work your way around and over some boulders.
Falls Road to Lesmurdie Falls Car ParkRejoin Falls Road at the next white gate and take the road to the Lesmurdie Falls Car Park.
Lesmurdie Falls Car ParkLesmurdie Falls Car Park is the perfect spot to stop and rest. There are toilets facilities, picnic spots and on weekends a food truck with hot coffee and trails snacks.
Lesmurdie Falls LookoutWhy not take a short detour and checkout the Lesmurdie Falls Lookout.
Back on the Palm Terrace WalkAfter a rest and scenic views of Lesmurdie Falls, at the picnic tables head up the newly built trail, where you will soon start another short incline. Please note: on some websites they describe this section as old and narrow, along the river. This is the old trail and has been updated since. This photo shows the trail veering right, away from the picnic facilities towards the Weir Carpark and Lesmurdie Brook Loop Walk.
Challenging climbs on the Palm Terrace WalkOnce you reach a concrete bridge, cross over Lesmurdie Brook and start your last climb, towards a communication tower.
All down hill from hereAs you approach the top of the climb, at the communications tower, turn left and head back down hill. Here through the trees, you will see glances of the stunning views ahead of you.
Beautiful views of the scarp as you join the West Terrace WalkAs you travel down hill, with beautiful views, towards a T intersection, turn left where you join West Terrace Walk for a short while.
Veering of West Terrace WalkA picturesque part of the trail will take you left at the fork off of the West Terrace Walk, heading towards your last panoramic views of the city and coast line.
Steep DescentsThe final descent is the hardest and requires good footing and footwear. Not too far from the Lower Lesmurdie Falls Carpark, this would be a great spot, training for longer more challenging trails.
Back on Palm TerraceHere you will rejoin Palm Terrace and head left at the white gate.
Lower Lesmurdie Falls Car Park along Palm TerraceReturning to the Lower Lesmurdie Falls Car Park means you have completed the 5.5km loop.
Lower Lesmurdie Falls Car Park picnic areaAfter the walk, enjoy beautiful picnic facilities by the running creak.
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