Location: Noble Falls, Gidgegannup
Distance: 1.3km loop
Trail Marker: Occasional directional markers but very faded. The trailhead features a map to assist.
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: Yes
Date Hiked: 25th August 2018
The waterfall at Noble Falls I believe is the widest waterfall in Perth although I think Hovea Falls would come close. Visit in spring and you can stroll amongst the wildflowers, including rare species found nowhere else on Earth. Surrounded by tranquil jarrah, marri and blackbutt bushland the trail follows along Wooroloo Brook to the falls, which are at their bubbling, tumbling best in winter. In the peak of Winter the trail by the lower end of the falls can be completely submerged am extremely muddy so walkers need to be mindful of this. We visited at the perfect time with not too much water overflowing the brook. The trail itself is pretty easy to follow.
The trail takes walkers past an old water tower/gauging station as well as a dammed section of the brook. A little further along was evidence of a recent bush-fire, possibly the result of routine burn-offs in preparation of the next fire season. For walkers wishing to the long trail, keep on going straight ahead at this point. We were doing this shorter trail so came to a bridge which passed over Wooroloo Brook and turned right just after to start heading back towards the falls. This section of trail passes alongside several private properties.
Before long the trail splits in two, one staying on higher ground. I took that one and Sophie took the lower trail which seemed to walk right alongside the brook. I jumped on in the inner trail a little further up which follows the brook closely up to a flat granite formation, great for exploring. If your lucky you may even get to see a large skink. I wasn't quick enough to grab a pic but he was huge. Walking up and over the granite formation the trail walks past Noble Falls and then along side the upper brook to a bridge that takes walker to the car-park side.