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The Best Walks in Perth & Surrounds for Your Next Weekend Hike

These boots were made for walking, especially on eight of the best walking trails Perth and surrounds has to offer.

Bibbulumun (Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia)

It’s no surprise our vast state has countless walking trails; many registered and some that only the locals know about. Year-round mild temperatures teamed with incredible scenery leave you with no choice but to lace up your hiking boots and hit the best walking trails Perth and surrounds so effortlessly provide. Set yourself up for success with a hearty breakfast and be prepared for the track ahead with some of Perth’s best sandwiches. And don’t forget, leave no trace and only take photos and memories.

Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary (Image Credit: The Hike Collective)

The Numbat Walking Trail - Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary 

Only an hour out of Perth in the stunning Avon Valley, Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary offers a number of spectacular walking trails through jarrah, wandoo and powderbark forest combined with heathland and riparian habitat. 

We're partial to the Numbat Walking Trail, a medium-hard 12 kilometre track that takes approximately 6 to 9 hours to complete. This solid day walk also incorporates parts of the Quenda and Possum trails . It provides a wonderful challenge to experienced walkers, and will reward them with a wide variety of natural features from creek lines to granite outcrops and wildflower displays, to open powderbark forest. 

Self-guided walks can be arranged during our open season. Find out more here

Length: 12km 

Time: 6 to 9 hours 

Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary has now closed for the season - back in 2024

Clenton Road, Gidgegannup

Zamia Trail (Image Credit: WikiLoc)

Zamia Trail

The Zamia Trail offers a gentle hike through glorious bushland, right in the heart of suburban City Beach. This is the perfect way to grab a breath of fresh air and connect with nature during your pre or post-work exercise, or enjoy a more mindful weekend walk. Take a moment to take in the panoramic views of the city skyline and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean from one of the many lookout points dotted along the trail. Bold Park is also home to a stunning array of wildflowers throughout the year, especially in spring.

Length: 5.1 km

Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Bold Park, City Beach

Trigg Bushland Reserve Loop (Image Credit: Hiiker)

Trigg Bushland Reserve Loop

A hidden gem in the coastal suburb of Trigg, this peaceful trail offers a unique blend of native wilderness and coastal charm. As you walk along the bush track, you can enjoy a kaleidoscope of native flora, from towering Tuart trees to vibrant wildflowers. Relish the soothing sounds of waves crashing against the shore as you hike, and be sure to seek out the nice shady seat toward the south-west corner of the loop, where you can stop to take in the view.

Length: 3.4km

Time: 45 minutes

Trail begins at Elliot Road, opposite Kevin Langdon Reserve

Star Swamp Bushland Reserve (Image Credit: Trails WA)

Star Swamp Bushland Reserve

Looking for the perfect suburban hike in Perth? Look no further than Star Swamp Bushland Reserve in North Beach. This hidden gem offers a bush walk filled with history and natural beauty.

Embark on the informative 1.4km Heritage Trail, starting from the Henderson Environmental Centre and winding northward to Mary Street. Along the way, limestone trails beckon, allowing you to choose your own path through the reserve's lush surroundings.

But it's not just about the scenery – keep your eyes peeled for the diverse birdlife and perhaps even a chance encounter with a Quenda, adding a touch of wildlife excitement to your stroll.

And here's the best part: Star Swamp Bushland Reserve welcomes your four-legged friends, making it a dog-friendly destination for all to enjoy.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, this suburban oasis offers something for everyone, making it one of the best walks in Perth. 

Length: 3.8km

Time: 1-3 hours

Henderson Environmental Centre, End of Groat Street, North Beach, Perth

Bush to Beach Trail (Photo credit: Hello Perth)

Bush to Beach Trail

The western suburbs aren’t only known for the swanky homes of Perth’s elite. Cradled by the Swan River, the Bush to Beach Trail begins at Rosalie Park in Shenton Park and forms part of the Whadjuk Trails. Suitable for all levels of walkers, the unsealed section to Reabold Hill in Bold Park requires a moderate level of fitness. You’ll need about half a day to thoroughly enjoy this one-way trail ending at Grant Street in Cottesloe, rewarding your efforts with views of the Indian Ocean and Perth skyline. It's one of the best walks Perth has to offer. 

Length: 16.3km one way

Time: 5 hours

Lions Lookout Trail (Photo credit: Experience Perth Hills)

Lions Lookout Trail

Within Korung National Park, you’ll meander through wandoo woodlands, granite outcrops and towering forests along the Lions Lookout Trail. Against a backdrop of sweeping vistas of Perth’s Swan Coastal Plain and the Bickley Brook Valley, this trail is a leisurely way to spend the afternoon and begins and ends at the Welshpool Road East car park in Lesmurdie. Time your visit between August to October during wildflower season for even more inspiring vistas. It's one of the best walks in Perth for stunning scenery. 

Length: 4km loop

Time: 1-2 hours

Wadjemup Bidi (Image Credit: Rottnest Island)

Wadjemup Bidi

See the island of Rottnest from a whole new perspective with a hike along the Wadjemup Bidi.

Spanning 45 kilometres and threading its way through the island, the Bidi — meaning "trail" or "track" in Noongar — is made up of five sections. Each unique stretch displays culturally and environmentally significant landmarks, providing balanced opportunity for historical reflection and celebration of the island’s natural beauty.

With five walking trails to enjoy, they cover all the best bits of the island and many places you can only reach by foot. Each section is accessible along the bus stops around the island, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to do without worrying about how to get back to the main settlement.

Sitchu Tip: Make sure to pack your flippers and snorkel to enjoy the many amazing snorkelling spots around the island. Or, bring a book and your towel, find a secluded beach and relax in the sun.

Length: 45 kilometres 

Rottnest Island, Western Australia 

Kitty's Gorge Walk Trail (Image Credit: Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale)

Kitty’s Gorge

The Kitty's Gorge Walk is a delightful trail hidden away in the hills near Jarrahdale. It's a fantastic hike, especially when the waters of Gooralong Brook and the Serpentine River are flowing. 

Along the way you get to explore the lush forests and granite gorges that have been carved into the landscape over millions of years, with a great variety of wildflowers lining the trail from winter into spring.

The grand finale of the trail is Serpentine Falls, sitting pretty at the turnaround point of the hike. This is a popular swimming spot during the warmer months, with excellent BBQ facilities also on hand to ensure a perfect day out for your group of friends or family. 

Length: 17.5km loop

Serpentine National Park, Jarrahdale 

Lake Monger (Photo credit: Town of Cambridge)

Lake Monger

Situated in Glendalough and running adjacent to the Mitchell Freeway, the 3.5km trail around Lake Monger is practically a walk in the park for the locals. Start at any of the car parks around the 110-hectare lake and enjoy the interpretative plaques providing historical facts. Since you’re only five kilometres from Perth’s CBD, the iconic skyline hovers nearby with views from the Dodd Street end of the walk. One of the most relaxed and charming walking trails Perth can be proud of. 

Length: 3.5km loop

Time: 1 hour

Hot tip: You could combine the Lake Monger trail with a food trail in nearby Leederville. 

Baigup Wetland (Image Credit: Trails WA)

Baigup Wetland

The Baigup Wetlands is home to over 80 native birds and fauna and the one-kilometre boardwalk is a leisurely stroll many enjoy in the soft dusk glow or golden aftermath at sunset. The trail hugs the Swan River from the Kelvin Street/Swan View Terrace in Maylands to the Garrett Road Bridge in Bayswater, where there is a car park, toilets, picnic area and playground. With a flat Grade 1 rating, this is accessible for all fitness levels, including wheelchairs and prams.

Length: 2km round-trip

Time: 40 minutes

Noble Falls (Photo credit: Experience Perth Hills)

Noble Falls Walk Trail

A leisurely stroll along Wooroloo Brook rewards with blooming wildflowers in spring and waterfalls in winter. The Noble Falls Walk Trail begins and ends at the Noble Falls picnic area opposite the tavern off Toodyay Road. Good news: You mightn’t even need to walk that far along the 3.6km trail to see the falls or abundant wildlife.

Length: 3.6km loop

Time: 1 hour

Hardey Road Bushwalking Circuit (Photo credit: @jayjaydeepee)

Hardey Road Bushwalking Circuit

Except for those living in the Perth Hills, most Perthians probably haven't hiked the Hardey Road Bushwalking Circuit in Glen Forrest, that trails through Beelu National Park. Apart from the kangaroos, kookaburras and lizards, you’ll probably have it all to yourself, which is a thrilling prospect as it’s rumoured to be haunted after an alleged murder occurred in the 100-acre Hardey Vineyard, which burnt down in the 1940s. The undulating scenery and the occasional mountain biker catapulting over boulders and streams are worth the fear factor.

Length: 5.6km loop

Time: 2 hours

Ghost House Walk Trail (Image Credit: Off The Beaten Track WA)

Ghost House Walk Trail

While we’re feeling all spooky, the Ghost House Walk Trail through Yanchep National Park takes you by rambling historic sites, including the remains of the Ghost House, tuart forests, banksia woodlands and the coastal heath. While in the national park, don’t miss the koala boardwalk caves, a visit to the Chocolate Drops Tearooms or a well-deserved bevvy at the Yanchep Inn.

Length: 12.4 kilometres

Time: A day

Hot tip: Enhance the experience with an overnight stay and follow one of the other trails, such as the two-kilometre Wetlands Walk Trail or the challenging three-day trek along the Coastal Plain Walk Trail.

Bibbulumun (Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia)


We couldn’t miss one of the greatest walking trails of all time, best experienced between April and December either on a guided tour or independently. Signposted by serpent markers, the Bibbulmun Track spans from the Northern Terminus in Kalamunda in the Perth Hills for 1000km south to the historic town of Albany at the Southern Terminus. Trekkers from around the globe visit WA to tackle the entire track passing through 22 national parks and attractions such as Mundaring Weir and the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. But if an eight-week adventure across 49 campsites is out of the realm, day walks are available with overnight stays in country towns such as Dwellingup, Collie, Pemberton and Walpole.

Length: 2km – 1000km

Time: A day to 8 weeks

Hot tip: The track can be challenging and steep depending on the section, so preparation and bushwalking experience are recommended. To plan your trip, check out the Bibbulmun Track.

Before tackling some of the more challenging tracks, improve your stamina at these fitness and pilates studios in Perth. Check out Trails WA for more information before setting off.

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