With the wildflower season upon us, now is the perfect time to hit the walking trails and enjoy some of the native bushland surrounding Perth.
So that our four-legged besties don’t have to miss out on the fun, here’s a list of some great dog approved walking trails near Perth.
With spring upon us, please beware of the increased baiting of 1080 around Perth and WA by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Unfortunately, 1080 is highly toxic to our pets, please take note of all warning signs in regional parks across the state. You can find more information from the department on their website here.
Located a few kilometres east of Gidgegannup, Noble Falls are a great, dog-approved outing for a picnic and walk. The highlight here, of course, is the waterfall, which is at its best during the winter months.
From the main picnic area, there’s a lovely 3.5km loop walk along the Wooroloo Brook that is especially nice during wildflower season in spring.
Well behaved dogs can walk off-leash and for a special treat (for the humans), head to the Noble Falls Tavern across the road after the walk.
Click here to download a PDF of the walk trail.
Head to the Perth Hills for this fantastic dog exercise area on the outskirts of Kalamunda. Jorgensen Park was the original site of the Kalamunda Golf Course and incorporates a 2.7km walk that follows the old fairway and takes in a section of the Bibbilmun Track. Time this with the Kalamunda Markets and you have a perfect day out in the Perth hills.
Dogs are permitted off-leash, but keep them leashed near the children’s playground.
For more information about Jorgensen Park, click here to read the review by The Life of Py. While you’re there, check out all the other amazing walks and hikes in West Australia.
Updated, September 2017.
For a dog-friendly nature fix near the city, Bold Park provides the perfect escape. Located off Oceanic Drive in Floreat, this 437-hectare large bushland reserve is bigger than King’s Park and home to over 300 species of local native plants.
The park has several walking trails that will reward you and pooch with both city and coastal views. The longest walking trail is the 5km Zamia Trail that winds around the reserve. For the best views, head up the boardwalk to Reabold Hill for 360 views of city and coast.
This one is a bit further afield, but well worth the 1.5 hour drive from Perth. Located 7km south of Dwellingup, Lane Poole Reserve is a 50,000-hectare large reserve along the picturesque Murray River.
Dogs are permitted at Lane Poole Reserve, as long as they’re leashed. There are plenty of walking options here for you and your furry ones, including the 9km King Jarrah Track. This five-hour walk is sure to give your dog a great workout with the highlight being the 250-year-old tree, the King Jarrah.
Lane Poole Reserve also has several fantastic campsites, which all permit dogs and is an ideal getaway for a weekend.
For more information about Lane Pool Reserve, click here.
The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail is a 59km trail that retraces the old Eastern Railway that linked Fremantle to York in the 1880s. The Heritage Trail passes through several towns, including Mundaring, Hovea and Parkerville and provides spectacular views as well as historical points of interest.
The trail starts from Bellevue, the most western point, to Wooroloo with several access points along the way to join the trail. Alternatively, there’s also an option to complete a 41km loop trail. The trail takes a few days to complete, but can also be done section by section.
Dogs are permitted everywhere along the track except for the section through John Forrest National Park.
For more information about the Railway Heritage Trail, click here.
There are two great reasons to visit Ellis Brook Valley. One, it’s the richest wildflower location in the Perth Metropolitan area and two, it’s home to the stunning Sixty Foot Falls for both you and your dog to enjoy.
There are four walk trails of varying length and difficulty level. The highlight though has to be the steep ascent to the top of the waterfall.
Ellis Brook Valley is located in the city of Gosnells and is part of the Banyowla Regional park.
For more information about Ellis Brook Valley, click here.
This is a relatively new trail that loops around the outskirts of Kwinana with excellent views of Cockburn Sound and Kwinana City. The 21km Kwinana Loop Trail has plenty of hills and twists to give even the fittest dogs a good workout. Get your dog panting all the way up to Chalk Hill Lookout for panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
The trail is designed for walkers and mountain bikers, so keep dogs leashed to avoid any collisions between bike and dog.
For more information about the Kwinana Loop Trail, click here.
This is a lovely walk along the Whistlepipe Gully located in Mundy Regional Park in the Perth hills. Particularly pretty during wildflower season, the Whistlepipe Gully Walk also takes you past the ruins of what looked like an interesting architectural project.
This is a relatively easy walk but there are a few slippery sections across the rocks to be wary of.
The Gully can be accessed from Kalamunda along Orange Valley Road, or off Lewis Road in Forrestfield.
For more information about Whistlepipe Gully, click here.
Located on Cathedral Drive in Brigadoon, Bells Rapids is a wonderful spot for a walk and picnic along the Swan River.
There’s a 5.5km circuit trail that crosses the wooden walk bridge and gives the best vantage point to see the Bells Rapids. See this blog post here for more details about Bells Rapids.
On a closing note, a quick reminder about why dogs are not allowed in National Parks. It can be frustrating for dog owners, however, remember that these areas are here to protect native wildlife and provide refuge for many species that are rare or endangered. Dogs and other pets unfortunately, cause a disturbance to vulnerable wildlife and native species.
I hope you and your four-legged friends enjoy these walks! Let me know in the comments below if you went on any of these walks or know of others that should make the list.
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