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Rocky Pool Walk, Kalamunda

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

Rocky Pool Walk is a 5km loop in the Kalamunda National Park visiting the picturesque Rocky Pool, with beautiful seasonal wildflowers and abundant wildlife. It includes a section of the Bibbulmun Track and has some difficult, steep loose descents, making this a challenging, rewarding bush walk with spectacular valley views.

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The end of Spring Street, Kalamunda, 28km (32 minutes) east of Perth

Rocky Pool usually flows during the winter months (June, July and August)
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Rocky Pool Walk is a popular loop walk in the Kalamunda National Park, 28kms (32 minutes) east of Perth.

The trail visits the natural swimming hole known as Rocky Pool, once a popular swimming destination for locals in the 1930s. The walk is steep, loose and challenging in places, offering spectacular hill and valley views as a reward for hikers. 

There is a car park at the end of Spring Road, Kalamunda, at the start point of the trail.

The trail passes Piesse Brook, following the Bibbulmun Track for part of the way. There are three different trail markers for this track: blue triangular markers, Shire of Kalamunda signage, and the Bibbulmun Track waugal markers. 

The walk trail map and trail notes are available at the Shire of Kalamunda website. This trail can also be accessed by following the Friends of Piesse Brook Interpretive Trail. There are information panels along the trail describing the history, flora, fauna and landforms of the area. 

Start point: Car park at the end of Spring Road. 

Trail Notes:
Leave the car park and head in a Northerly direction.
1. At the T- junction take the left fork and walk uphill.
2. Ignore a track to the left and continue on the main track.
3. At the T junction take the right fork and cross a small water course.
4. At this point, leave the main track and take a branch to the right. The point is indicated by a sign and a large cut log to the right of the track. This is the most distant point from the start of the walk.
5. The descent here is loose and stony, and crosses a rocky water course with a rock formation resembling a ram’s head.
6. A divergence in the track. In winter, due to the flow of water, it is necessary to deviate to the left through a grove of saplings. The track is indistinct but generally follows the creek line. Look for a blue marker on a dark Red Gum.
7. A bridge across the water course, directly under a high tension power line.
8. Leave the power line and veer right on a well made track following Shire of Kalamunda walk trail signs.
9. Rocky Pool, a spectacular pool with large granite boulders. There is water here for most of the summer.
10. The Bibbulmun Track joins the track from the left.
11. Turn right off the formed road, following the Bibbulmun Track markers. The turn is further indicated by a trail marker on a large post on the left of the road.
12. The Bibbulmun Track turns left and heads up the hill. Leave the Bibbulmun Track here, cross the water course to the right.
13. After crossing the water course, turn left. A Shire of Kalamunda walk sign on a tree directs you to the left, back to the start point.

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Time / Duration

Up to 2 hours

Length

5km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

The end of Spring Street, Kalamunda, 28km (32 minutes) east of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 5

Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

Facilities

  • Car Park

Best time of year

August to November for wildflowers

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Trail Access

Road and Bus

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4 trail goers have rated Rocky Pool Walk, Kalamunda as 4.25 out of 5!

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Micky Patel

Reviewed 28 Aug 2021, 11:47am

Nice trail!! However, it is bit confusing due to multiple trails crossings including Bibbilium and limited signs. Strictly follow route given in description. Use Google maps if you are lost (Like we did!)
Jana Coker

Reviewed 18 Sep 2020, 4:23pm

We went clockwise and it was very very steep upwards and later very very steep down. We got lost as the markers were not properly in place. Saying that we enjoyed the trail, the Rocky Pool area was very nice and we found out later could be easily reached from other trails also.
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Marco Zecca

Reviewed 14 Jul 2019, 8:30pm

The pool is the highlight of this trail, easy to reach, only 20 minutes from the carpark. Very popular spot, so expect to have people around. The rest of the trail is mainly on firebreak roads, very steep in sections. Recommended!
Fayley Arthur

Reviewed 17 Feb 2019, 7:55pm

Rocky Pool is a MUST DO for nature lovers and \u201cwild swimmers\u201d in Perth. The water is clean and flowing with a shallow area and a deep area, with a few little cascades for bonus beauty.

I strongly suggest that you follow the walk trail in an ANTI CLOCKWISE direction. The start (in this direction) is part of the Bibbulman track and is lovely hand built narrow track along the the picturesque Brook.

After you get to Rocky Pool I suggest returning along the same path. The remainder of the trail is all wide fire tracks or forestry roads which are all hot because the shade can't reach you, some parts are very steep with either deep clay mud or very loose pea gravel. There are some pretty sights (like the brook crossing), but I think the negatives outnumber. In a clockwise direction a very important marker after the crossing is missing so if you travel in this direction check your map here.

Overall my favourite Walk for taking friends on as it has a swim in beautiful water.

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