Perth’s Best Secret Walks And Hikes

By Lisa O'Neill - 21 Jul 2016

There are the bold and brazen walks of Perth with sweeping views and fancy Perth icons to skip around (wait, you don’t skip on your walks? All the cool goofy kids are doing it). We love them of course, but there are even more walking delights to skip upon and we know them. They were our little secret so now you know, you’ve got ten seconds once you reach the end of this list before this computer will self-destruct. Fair warning.

Here are some of the best secret walks and hikes around Perth.

Port Beach To Rous Head


Once upon a time, this desolate wasteland was the turnaround point for our Cottesloe to Port Beach hikes. It was all a bit "nothing more to see here, folks". Now we kick off from the Port Beach car park and head south on the jazzed up footpaths. At the southern groyne at Port, slow your pace and check out the Fairy Tern nesting sanctuary (baby bird cuteness) before ploughing on admiring the more rugged coastline and avoiding the temptation to jump on board the next ferry to Rotto.

Penguin Island Boardwalk Trail

Penguin Island

Hey nature lovers, this is another one tailor made for you. It takes a ferry to get over to the island, which you get from Mersey Point between 9am and 1pm. The boardwalk and trail loop is 1.5km and of course, the main attraction to keep your eyes peeled for is the colony of Fairy Penguins that live on the island. Schedule your walk in around the island’s Discovery Centre commentary and feeding at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. The island is also a bird sanctuary so borrow your dad’s binoculars (you gotta stick to the trail, man) and do your best David Attenborough impersonation. 

Coogee Beach Trail


Who doesn’t love a good sunset in Perth, watching the golden globe sink into the ocean? Catch one from the 3.5km Coogee Beach Trail, starting from the Powell Road car park head south before the loop turnaround. Or get your Mick Fanning on and brave our shark-infested waters to try the recently opened Coogee Maritime Trail, with the Omeo shipwreck, underwater sculptures and maritime artefacts submerged to lure you into the deep blue. It’s only 25-metres off shore, so it’s unlikely big Bruce will meet you there.

Ghost House Trail Walk


This 12.4km trail is a pretty spectacular reference of Western Australian wildlife, with regular ‘roo and emu sightings beneath towering aged tuart trees, around the Yanchep wetlands. The namesake ghost house isn’t terrifying anymore as it slowly crumbles (only the stone doorframe remains) and beautifully blends with the surrounding nature. Checkout the nearby koala boardwalk while you’re there. National Park alert—have your $12 park entry fee ready.

Mosman Park Heritage Trail

Mosman Park

So you’ve seen the listed ode to salted caramel and you need a 10-kilometre stroll with a few hills in it? Walk this way, friends. The Mosman Park Heritage Trail takes in all the prettiest sights of this gorgeous little suburb tucked between river and ocean. Take your phone for plenty of good selfie spots including Chidley Point, various awe-inspiring mansion frontages and Buckland Hill with the glistening sea behind you. Kick off at Memorial Park and then allow the stainless steel triangles that are embedded along the path to guide you between Mosman Bay and Leighton Battery. For the rest of the route, check out the Mossie Park council website.

Echidna Trail

Swan Valley

Remove yourself from the urban sprawl out in the Walyunga National Park. This 10-kilometre hike takes in a few steep climbs (you’ll be rewarded with some exceptional views of the Swan Valley once you reach the summit), up close views of the Avon River and the odd kangaroo mob spotting. Give your legs a break from the cement pounding in the city out on a proper trail and reward yourself post-hike with a bevvy at one of the local wineries or breweries. The National Park opens between 8am and 5pm, and be prepared to fork out $12 upon entry.

Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail


So you may have only heard of Jarrahdale due to the exquisite Millbrook Winery, but slip on your hiking boots and discover a little more about this little timber town. You’ll earn any post-walk winery visits with a tidy 16.5km on this trail, which takes in the magnificent Serpentine Falls, some smaller waterfalls along the Serpentine Valley river, a few rocky stairs to test your fitness and a wicked picnic spot on the flat rocks overlooking the gorge to fuel up. If you need to escape the rat race, this is the hike to do it on.

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Image credit: Elle Borgward

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