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
Date Hiked: 25th August 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
I actually feel a little ripped off as a result of my visit to Noble Falls, through no fault but my own so I despite visiting for the walk trail I actually have it on my list of walks to do again as it wasn't until I completed my walk that I found the trailhead sign saying there was a longer version......bummer!!
So note to anyone heading out there, check out the map on the trailhead sign before venturing off. In my case we pulled up right near the waterfall and proceeded on the trail straight down doing the trail in a clockwise direction. The map says to do it the other way but I really don't think it matters too much.
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.
So here's where we seem to have got the trail wrong and made a right hand turn down a wide gravel vehicle track. For walkers wishing to the long trail, keep on going straight ahead at this point.
We 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.
This is where we come across the trail-head sign and the mud-map which showed there was actually a longer trail. Unfortunately we were out of time so Noble Falls is still on my list to complete for another day. The trail is dog friendly so I'll have to make sure we take our fur babies along.
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.