There are loads of awesome walks and hikes in Perth, and even a few secret ones too, but the fellow dog owners out there will know all-too-well the guilt felt when heading out for a walk without their pooch.
Well, we're here to tell you there are many amazing dog-friendly walks in Perth that you probably haven't even heard of, and that you and your furry friend will love.
What are you waiting for? Pack some water, a few treats, the pup's lead and maybe their ball and head out on one of the best dog-friendly walks and hikes in Perth.
Kep Track follows an old railway line from Mundaring to Northam, and for parts of it, the Kalgoorlie water pipe, providing plenty of fun smells for your leashed dog to get excited about along the way. Kicking off from the corner of Firewood and Mundaring Weir roads (dogs can't go within three kilometres of Mundaring Weir), head east towards Northam and hike as far as your dog's little legs can handle.
Whistlepipe Gully Walk
Winning the award for the funnest named walk on this list, Whistlepipe Gully Walk is a 3.5km dog-friendly walk in the Perth Hills. The 1.5 hour round trip sets out from the northern end of Lewis Road in Forrestfield (where there also happens to be a convenient car park), passing by creeks, an old house and over bridges along the way. Keep your pooch leashed on this one!
Jarrahdale Railway Heritage Trail
Another fun walk along a railway, this 10km loop trail is beautiful! The Heritage Railway Trails were constructed in 1872 and feature old railway sleepers, historic trail markets, stunning views and shady picnic spots. Pack your togs and stop at Gingagup Brook for a quick dip to cool off.
One of our favourite inner-city walks, the Zamia Trail in Bold Park is a great spot for weekend dog walking. Hike over 5km of undulating terrain, starting and finishing at the top of Reabold Hill, which is the highest natural point along the metropolitan coastline. Pack the leash!
Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail
A 5km loop through the Beeliar Regional Park, the Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail is a lesson in history as much as it is exercise. Passing through loads of paperbark trees, there are plenty of birds for your pooch to marvel at (and even a bird hide to watch them from), as well as information boards shedding some light on the trail and Aboriginal history. Keep the lead on for this one, you don't want man's best friend chasing after birds!
Jorgensen Park Walk
The Jorgensen Park Walk is a must-do for pooch owners in Perth. The 2.3km loop offers beautiful vistas, plenty of wide, open spaces and even a jaunt along the Bibbulmun track. Your dog can have some off-leash fun and you can stop by one of the neighbouring cafes for a pick-me-up on the way home.
Swanbourne To North Fremantle Walk
Not an official trail, but you can't beat a lovely beach-side walk with your pooch and this is one of the best in Perth. Kick off in front of The Shorehouse in Swanbourne and make your way down the coast towards Bib & Tucker. Stop for a paddle at the dog beach (just south of Cott) along the way and you'll have yourself one happy pooch!
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail
Yet another railway, we love this dog-friendly walk for the variety it offers up. A 41km loop, the trail is best-enjoyed split into sections, so there's always something new to see. Highlights include the Swan View Tunnel, Darlington Railway Platform and Mundaring Sculpture Park. You'll need to bring a leash and steer clear of national parks on this one.
Ellis Brook Valley
Dog-friendly trail Ellis Brook Valley comes alive in the winter when Sixty Foot Falls are in full swing, but it's still a nice leashed-walk for your pooch in the warmer months. There are a number of trails, from Blue Wren Ramble, an easier walk 2.8km return walk through the Wandoo Woodland, right the way up to the difficult Sixty Foot Falls Trail, which offers stunning views of the city and valley.
Noble Falls Walk Trail
Bubbling brooks, waterfalls and beautiful blooms are just some of the things you and your furry friend will get to enjoy on the Noble Falls Walk Trail. The 3.6km loop starts across from the Noble Falls Tavern on Toodyay Road and follows the Woorooloo Brook past the falls themselves. And good news for your pooch, no leash required!
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