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There are ample equestrian opportunities for beginner, intermediate and
professional riders at WA’s nine accredited riding centres. Check out the
horse riding groups on Facebook to find like-minded riders in your area.
At twice the size of Western Europe, WA is huge, so it’s little wonder the
vast landscape is packed with trails – more than 700 of them. The immense
number of hiking options offers an experience for every fitness level.
The Bibbulmun Track starts in the Shire of Kalamunda, and
continues down the coast for almost 1000km to Albany.
It’s suitable for walkers of all fitness levels, and there are
numerous access points (the northern end is on the northeast
side of the roundabout at Mead Street, Railway Road and
Mundaring Weir Road). The track’s entire length takes six to
eight weeks to complete, and some of the most challenging
terrain can be found early on in the Perth Hills.
This 14km loop in Jarrahdale is incredibly scenic and
best walked in spring so you can admire the wildflowers
and running water (check out the waterfall). TIP The
Jarrahdale Heritage Society runs guided walks throughout
spring (0429 810 617).
Add a cheeky drink to your wildflower wanderings along
this 41km track by visiting the pubs that you’ll pass along
the way. There’s the Mundaring Hotel, Sawyers Valley
Tavern, Inn Mahogany Creek, Parkerville Tavern, Chidlow
Inn Tavern, John Forrest Tavern and the Mt Helena Tavern.
EAGLE VIEW WALK
The Eagle View Walk is a very popular 15km loop around
John Forrest National Park, offering spectacular views
across the plain to the city skyline and ocean in the distance.
The walk, which is of moderate difficulty, takes five to six
hours to complete.
LESMURDIE FALLS, PERTH HILLS
The Lesmurdie Falls Bush Walk can be a bit difficult in
parts, but is fairly short at just 2km, and hikers are also
rewarded with pretty views of the falls. The two-hour walk
is located in the Lesmurdie Falls National Park. It follows
Lesmurdie Brook to a bridge at the top of the falls, where
a lookout provides a wonderful vista over the waterway and
to the city on clear days.
OAK PARK RESERVE, GOOMALLING
The Oak Park Reserve in Goomalling has a natural and
cultural-heritage 3km walking trail. During wildflower season
you’ll be able to spot the rare blood red spider orchid.
Many bushwalking trails weave past the Forest Heritage
Centre, which sits in Dwellingup’s native jarrah forest.
Dwellingup is the first ‘track town’ along the Bibbulmun,
taking 12 days to get to from the route’s starting point in the
Perth Hills. This portion takes walkers through the Murray
Valley, following the river, with views of farmland
and undulating hills.
THE LAKES WALK
Sure there are a lot of beaches at Rottnest but there
are lakes, too. This 9.2km trail makes the most of them
(keep your eyes peeled for seasonal birds). The walk also
encompasses Little Parakeet Bay and Bathurst Lighthouse.
This short 5.5km stroll is good for the kids (if they don’t mind
a long walk). Look out for numbats, echidnas and woylies.
Horse riding in the hills
Foxwood Far m Equestrian
Centre 56 Brook Road,
Wattle Grove, Perth Hills
0438 100 362.
Centre 1 Graylands Road,
Claremont (08) 9383 4800.
Riding School and
99 Eleventh Road,
Wungong 0400 059 032.
Avonlea Farm Riding
425 Victor Road, Darlington
(08) 9299 7552.
1300 Trail Rides
Lot 504 Telephone
1800 872 457.
Zia Park Equestrian Centre
8410 Stoneville Road,
(08) 9574 6010.
If you’ve decided to take your own horse on a trek,
remember that it’s almost inevitable you’ll come across
elements the animal may not be used to. If the sudden
appearance of strangers or the sound of trail bikes is
particularly upsetting to your horse, do some research
first to ensure you’ve chosen the most suitable route.
41km, Perth Hills
The Kep Track
Eagle View Walk in John Forrest National
Park (photography Ro Richardson).
A Dwellingup nature walk.
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