Location: Beenyup Rd, Byford Hills
Distance: 2.7km loop
Trail Marker: Trail head only so map/gps required
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 7th July 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
Having heard about this trail from a few sources, I found myself with some spare time and out Byford way so made a last minute decision to go and check out this trail. The waterfall was the main appeal more so than the actual trail as I had read it goes through residential areas. Not sure how that would appeal as a good walking trail when there is so much natural bush in the area to be explored so I decided to make my own trail using the many firebreaks and other trails in the area. You can however download the original walk trail from the Trails WA website here.
The trail starts at the end of Beenyup Rd, where you will see the trail-head sign. The main trail passes Marcora Falls, returning via Brown Street, Stevenson Place and Bradshaw Road. My version stayed within the reserve.
Marcora (pronounced Marcoray) means wet season or 'winter' in the local indigenous language. Some of the granite outcrops you will find along the way are thought to be 400 million years old. Viewing vantage points look out over Kwinana and Perth. Wildlife to look for include Western Brush Wallaby, Western Grey Kangaroo, Honey Possum and Southern Brown Bandicoot. The Flora is varied and abundant though much of it is shallow rooted because of the granite outcrops and shallow poor soil but walkers can see jarrah and marri forests includes wattles, grasstrees, myrtles, grevilleas, hakeas, and in spring blue lady orchids and fringe lillies.
I was not prepared for a hike, I didn't have any water, rain gear (it was sprinkling) or hiking boots but didn't want to waste the opportunity of being right there so parked up at the end of the culdesac and began the walk. It had been raining but at that point the sun had come out and looked like it was going to hang around for awhile so more reason not to pass up the chance,
Following a single track abundant with wildflowers and green foliage I made my way to the first main point of interest, Marcora Falls.
Marcora Falls is a beautiful little hidden gem on this lovely walk trail
The steps along the left hand side take you to the top of fall which takes you to the top section of the falls
Continuing on, I made my way to the first wide fire break and made a left turn which at this point was still following the main trail. You can see the little stream on the right at this point and a trail over the other side that seems quite steep. Little did I know I would be making my way back down that on my return.
The views were surprisingly quite nice at I made my way to the next point of interest, a historic water tank.
The historic water tank. Not sure why exactly it is historic as there is no other information provide other than saying it is.
It was at this point that I decided to leave the 'official' trail and turned right instead making my way back up into the reserve.
I think I found those 400 million year old granite rocks
The next section got a little tricky as by this point the rain had come back a little making the ground quite slippery and I had to navigate my way off the wide fire breaks to a narrow trail downhill.
I found myself a narrow trail going down....note to self....not a good alternative in the wet
and this would be why hahaha I was pretty much skating through mud
After sliding my way down the trail, which probably really wasn't a proper trail, I found myself back at the stream I had first seen after Marcora Falls. Crossed the stream and made my back to the carpark via same route.
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.