Location: Falls Rd, Lesmurdie
Distance: 1.5km loop
Trail Marker: Purple Triangle with boot markers
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 18th November 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
The Lesmurdie Brook Trail is a little bit special for us as we use to volunteer for the Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls and had adopted a plot of land around the weir to care for and maintain. Sadly with our relocation down south we had to give up those duties but still support them as best as we can.
The walk is an easy 1.5km loop trail that heads upstream winding around the Lesmurdie Brook passing by beautifully handcrafted bridges and seats. It really is a beautiful location, that in summer attracts many people, so much so that you usually can't get a carpark.
I think for me why I love Lesmurdie Falls so much is that as a kid it was our go to place to cool off in summer.
Despite working in the area we actually hadn't done the full loop walk so for the blog made a point to head out and get it done. The trail starts at the bottom carpark. I say bottom as there are now 3 carparks so you can actually start the walk any from any of them.
From the main carpark you follow the trail around to the right up to the cascades. Unfortunately the sun wasn't in the best place to capture the cascades but it's quite a beautiful area to visit.
There is quite a bit of variation along this trail between habitats. Along the riparian zone of the brook you will find plants that like to get their 'feet' wet. In the upper woodland wandoo, marri and jarrah trees are found in this landscape. In spring, this trail is perfect for viewing wildflowers.
The first main cascading waterfall is where the start of the loop begins. You will return along the same trail you walked to here.
The first section you pass as part of this loop is the area we had once adopted, 'The Weir', a popular place for the kiddies and paw babies to take a dip in summer and cool off. The weir is a man-made feature of the area that Friends of Lesmurdie Falls built themselves.
Just some of the beautiful handmade bridges that allows walkers to cross the brook
Further along is a rock monument dedicated to the commitment of the Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls Inc and their work on the trail.
From this point you will now find a few absolutely gorgeous handmade bench seats around the trail.
A fair amount of work upstream has been done to try and create little habitats by segregating sections with rocks.
It's quite a beautiful time to be doing this walk, with all the rains we had over winter and then being Wildflower season.
I love how much thought went in to providing little privacy areas so walkers have the chance to stop and reflect, what a place to do it in.
Bees are one of my favourite subjects to photograph
Another fantastic handmade bridge crossing the brook with a beautiful waterfall to enjoy while crossing
Once you have passed the waterfall your basically following the pathway back, completing the loop but on the other side.
The Friends have done an amazing job of including some nature playgrounds for kids to enjoy, although us parents have used it a few times too. It's a great location to do Parkour.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.