Fitness

The Best Hikes Near Perth To Tackle In 2022

By Kate Gibson
12th Jan 2022

a few hikers sitting on top of a hill looking out on Perth

Whether hiking is your jam or you're just keen to give it a go sometime, there's plenty of awesome hiking adventures to be had in and around Perth. 

From waterfalls and wildflowers, to the best for first-timers, adventurers, or enthusiasts, we've partnered with Kate Gibson at The Hike Collective and her database of over 30,000 hikers to get the inside scoop of the best of the best when it comes to hiking around Perth.

Here are the best hikes around Perth.

Best Hike For First-Timers 

Never strayed from the safety of the footpath? Don’t let that stop you from giving the bush trails a try, because the gorge-ous trails of Yanchep National Park take the cake as the best beginner-friendly trails of Perth. Well, one trail in particular. Boomerang Gorge is a collapsed cave area that can be explored as part of the short and sweet Dwerta-Mia trail. The team at the Hike Collective like to do things a little differently though, and also like to include a section of the Woodlands Trail, as well as a visit to the koala boardwalk before visiting the wetlands to tie it all into a blissful 4km trail. Want something more? How about a beginner-friendly yoga experience in the cool and glorious setting of Cabaret Cave, the original location for secret dance parties for Perth’s rich and famous in the 1930’s and now the venue for the incredibly popular and unique Caves Yoga and Hike experience

people hiking in lush bushland in Yanchep National Park

Best Hike For Trail Enthusiasts 

Ok, so you have dabbled at hiking and looking for your next challenge? Heading onto the Bibbulmun Track for a one-day adventure is a must-do, with a particular section taking out the best intermediate hiking trail near Perth. Take a scenic drive out to Mount Cooke, an hour out of Perth, to adventure the 10km return section known as Sullivan Rock to Mount Cuthbert. This section will bring you some pretty incredible views, and a series of “are we nearly at the top” thought bubbles as you journey two peaks’ to get to the expansive granite outcrop of Mount Cuthbert. Chances are you will come across an ‘end-to-ender’ on your journey too to give you some inspiration to take on the next challenge once you have well and truly caught the hiking bug. 

a hiker sitting at the top of Mount Cuthbert looking out over forests

Best Hike For Adventurers 

If you are up for an all-day trail adventure, Kitty’s Gorge trail is the one to beat. At 15km return in distance, this trail has everything you might want in an advanced adventure, including gorges, running streams ( at the right time of year, of course) Serpentine Falls, and even a cemetery. Our recommendation is to start at the Jarrahdale end of the trail, to enjoy a lunch stop by the falls at the halfway point. Trail experience is highly recommended before tackling this more technical trail. 

a person hiking a rock face along the Kitty's Gorge hiking trail

Best Hike For Waterfalls 

If you hdidn't make the trip out to Kalamunda to explore Lesmurdie Falls in last year's wet winter, then we urge you to chuck on your best waterproof boots, and head out to the spectacular picnickers hotspot and waterfall delight this year. Taking out the best waterfall trail of 2021, you really can’t go past this little gem in the heart of the darling Range escarpment. On a good day, be prepared to see views all the way out to Rottnest, and we rate this as one of the best Hills destinations to watch the sunset on another day in the beautiful city of Perth.

three people help each other cross a small flowing stream

Best Hike For Wildflower Spotting 

The magic of the wildflowers of Perth in springtime is ‘everlasting’ but the best wildflower hiking trails can be found right in the heart of the CBD. With the world’s largest inner city park boasting a collection of over 24,000 wildflowers and plants in the spring season, Kings Park is the place to explore your wild (flower) side. Don’t be fooled by the incredible span of botanical gardens though, because the true magic happens when you step out onto the bush trails and see what’s growing behind the scenes. 

a Kings Park hiking trail surrounded by white wildflowers and trees

Best Coastal Hike

We are all for a sea change in the summer months, and we can’t walk past the 45km trail network of Rottnest Island for the best coastal trail experience near Perth. You can break the ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ down into five sections, each highlighting a unique angle of the island, from the Salt lakes and lighthouses, to the Barracks and bunkers, or the West end, complete with fur seals, and the occasional whale. For the perfect half day experience, the Lakes and Bays reigns supreme, or if you're keen to stay a while try the two-day glamping and trail experience or lux it up with a three-day stay at Samphire for a comfy bed to rest your achy body after a day of adventure. 

two people hiking along the coast on Rottnest Island

Best Hike For Views 

If you are hiking up any form of incline, the puffing and panting better come hand in hand with some climb-worthy views, right? For those looking for a unique and uncrowded climb-worthy view, you can’t go past the winner of this category, Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary. With three trails available, from 2km to 15km in length to target all levels of fitness, you can be sure to see the views for your preferred amount of output. Paruna is a private sanctuary, tucked between Walyunga National Park and Avon Valley National Park, in Gidgegannup and is only open seasonally. You can get the goods of these trails from May to October, but need a booking to get in, so prepare accordingly, or get the team at The Hike Collective to do the hard work for you. 

a hiking view point looking out onto rolling hills

Best Hike For Heritage 

From the oldest permanent water supply and the first dam in WA, to the pioneering of the timber industry in Australia and Australias first wooden bridge, the Bickley Valley hosts three heritage listed sites within a 7km beginner-friendly Trail. Do some research before you head out there though, because the trail signage and historical information is limited. You can enjoy a variety of trail distances, but our trail of choice is the Victoria Reservoir Walk Trail, including sections of the Mason & Bird and the Kattamorda trails. 

a timber walkway leading down to a dam

Want more juicy trail tips? The award-winning Perth based hiking company The Hike Collective are your go to on all things hiking in Perth, so pay them a visit or trail along on a hike.

Want more of the best Perth fitness activities? Here are some of the best bike trails in Perth.

Editor's note: Issued by RAC Insurance Pty Limited. T&Cs apply. Check the PDS and TMD at rac.com.au to see if this product is right for you.

Image credit: Supplied (The Hike Collective)

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