Location: Falls Trail, Lesmurdie National Park
Distance: 640m return
Trail Marker: Yellow triangle with footprint
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: Yes
Date Hiked: 20th November 2018
Lesmurdie Falls is by far one of the most visited waterfalls in Perth. It's close proximity to the CBD and the variety of trails on offer make it a nature lovers haven. The short 640m Falls Trail provides some of the most stunning views overlooking the Swan Coastal Plain right out to the city of Perth and on a good clear day some have said they can see out to Rottnest Island. My eyes aren't good enough for that. I was keen to get out of the house but only had an hour to spare, Lesmurdie Falls has always been my go to for a quick hike and I needed to get some photos for the blog anyway so Sophie and I made our way to the main carpark at the top of the falls on Falls Rd.
The Falls Trail departs from the carpark down the stairs at the interpretive sign. Turning left at the interpretive sign it is a nice easy walk past a few concrete picnic shelters down to the falls along side Lesmurdie Brook. The path changes from paving to sand/gravel and then to a paved boardwalk making it quite accessible for most. My favourite part is coming out on the paved boardwalk as it snakes around the ridge of the Darling Scarp. Continuing on the paved boardwalk, the valley opens up below providing what is my favourite view from Perth Hills. Handrails line the path for safety so you can focus on the breathtaking views. Two lookouts provide opportunities to reflect and immerse yourself in nature.
Continuing on the paved boardwalk, the valley opens up below providing what is my favourite view from Perth Hills. Handrails line the path for safety so you can focus on the breathtaking views. Two lookouts provide opportunities to reflect and immerse yourself in nature. It was a nice surprise to see the Lesmurdie Brook cascading over the Darling Scarp making Lesmurdie Falls an amazing sight to see especially given we are on the verge of Summer. This is a sight I never tire of seeing. To return you follow the same path you followed down to the falls. If you have some extra time to explore, maybe checkout the other trails.