Storytelling, Sunsets & Stargazing

Storytelling, Sunsets & Stargazing

We invite you to join our guides on a Storytelling, Sunsets and Stargazing experience, taking a step back in time learning about history and culture of Western Australia's first national park, John Forrest National Park.

This is a 5.6km hike along the Railway Heritage & Eagle View Walking Trails through mixed forest and varied terrain within the park. The section from National Park Falls to the Eagle View Lookout is undulating as we walk along the ridge of the valley wall, then there is a slightly more challenging component as we descend for approximately 20mins to Rocky Pool below. A relatively steep section, but with care and ease can be done quite safely.  Hiking Poles are handy, if you have them bring them for this section.

Price: $45.00 adults $35.00 children(8+) $140.00 family (2A 2C) (Cancellation fees apply)

Group Size: Max 20

Location and Times:
Swan View - Please meet at the Swan View Railway Heritage Hub carpark 10mins prior to start. It is located directly opposite the Pechey Rd Carpark.

Start times are dependent on sunset therefore change each month. Please refer to below times:

November 24th - 5.15pm - 9.00pm SOLD OUT

December 8th - 5.30pm - 9.15pm SOLD OUT

Please note that the time is an approximate, in most cases the hike will run for this time but depends on the pace of the group overall and in some cases is shorter or longer. Please advise the facilitator if you are on a tight schedule.

 

Enjoy watching the sun setting over the Swan Coastal Plain from Eagle View Lookout whilst enjoying some evening tucker.

Please BYO or a Down Under Bushtucker Dinner option is an added extra for $5pp.

Choose between our Down Under Kangaroo Curry or Bush Tomato Soup, both with dinner rolls.

Please note: Meals are entree size, however they are filling and very tasty.

Highlights

Swan View Railway Heritage Hub

We begin the experience at the Swan View Railway Station, a station of important significance on the Eastern Railway in Western Australia. Learn about the history behind this main railway route that use to operate between Fremantle and Northam. The Swan View station site is one of the very few on the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail to have the railway platform retained.

Swan View Tunnel

Following the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, we make our way to a unique construction in the Western Australian Railway system, the only historical railway tunnel in WA – the Swan View Tunnel. We invite you to join us as we walk the 340 metre long tunnel by torchlight, exploring the ghostly stories and significant historical events that occurred between 1896 when the tunnel opened to 1966 when it officially closed.

Train Crash Site

Pausing at the location of the historic 1896 Train Crash site within John Forrest National Park, we step back in time and discuss the history of the fatal accident that occurred killing a man and 8 horses when the train became uncoupled and crashed just above the Swan View Tunnel only four months after the first passenger services began on the Eastern Railway.

National Park Falls

We walk on through the beautiful John Forrest National Park, one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas and WA’s first national park, proclaimed in November 1900. Be awe inspired by the Jarrah Forrest still largely in its natural state along with the 20m drop of one of Perth’s best waterfalls, National Park Falls. Please note: The waterfall is seasonal however is beautiful to visit all year round, even when not in flow.

Aboriginal Culture

Jane Brook is the name of the watercourse that passes through the park. Nyoongar people are known to have lived in the area before settlement and evidence shows that the area was once used as a hunting place as they used an ancient travel route to cross the Darling Scarp to the more open country in the east. Jane Brook is of cultural significance, with a connection to the Dreamtime serpent, the Waugal. The rocks in and along the brook are said to be the droppings of this mythical creature.

Eagle View Lookout

It’s then on to hike a section of one of Perth’s best walking trails, the Eagle View Walk Trail, a bushwalkers delight climbing up the Jane Brook Valley wall through Wandoo woodlands and mixed jarrah-marri forests boasting with spectacular wildflowers in spring, right up to the Eagle View Lookout which offers some of the best sunset views of the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth city. Here we take a break, admiring the views of the sun setting whilst enjoying an evening meal.

Rocky Pool

As we say goodnight to the sun we begin our descent down the valley wall to a hidden gem located within the park - Rocky Pool, not to be mistaken with the Kalamunda one but similar in features. Jane Brook flows beautifully to this location in season with rapids cascading over large granite boulders creating a natural swimming hole below. A hidden gem offering a great deal of tranquillity to the lower section of the park.

Stargazing

It’s here on the banks of Rocky Pool where we join Perth Observatory for a 1 hour Stargazing experience.  Admire the amazing night sky through a 10” Dobsonian Telescope as staff from Perth Observatory take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, enormous star clusters and of course the wonder of the Milky Way.

Bushtucker Supper

A spread of Bushtucker desserts and herbal tea will be made available throughout the Stargazing component to complete the whole experience.

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Fitness Level: Some fitness required to tackle one main steep descent. Anyone with knee problems is advised to consult their doctor prior to participating. See FAQs for more about fitness requirements.

Important Information

Suitable for most fitness levels. You do not have to be incredibly fit but there are often steps, or steep ascents and descents so you must be able to handle that terrain.

Toilet facilities are not available on this walk.

This is a family friendly experience and we encourage children. Recommended ages 8 +.

Unfortunately we are unable to cater for wheelchair access.

Payment Terms:
Payment can be made via Credit Card (fees apply) & must be made at time of booking.  Cash is not accepted on the day.

If you wish to pay via Paypal (fees apply) or Bank Transfer please contact us via DM, email or call 0408428923 as we will need to process manually.

Cancellation Policy: 
Strict 72hrs notice is required for refund. You are welcome to onsell your ticket if it falls within this time. The walk will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions.

Cloudy Nights 

Perth Observatory have a strict policy in regards to 'Cloudy Nights'. Please read here for further details.

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Our Storytelling, Sunset & Stargazing Experiences are sold out for 2018. Stay tuned for 2019 dates released soon.

"I experienced the Kitty's Gorge hike with Chelle and a lovely group. The scenery is stunning and the recent rains turned on a lovely show of water falls."

- Linda - 

 

"I have done two moonlight forest immersion hikes now and each one has been a wonderful experience and grounding. A wonderful way to restore your energy amongst nature and be truly mindful".

- Luke R - 

 

Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need 🙂 You rock!

-Larissa-

I joined the New Moon walk tonight at the Zigzag and had a great time. A short enough walk to do not being fit but long enough to get a workout. Amazing scenery and the end of hot tea and singing bowls was lovely. Highly recommend as a doable experience that is affordable and not hard for a usually sedentary person to achieve. Chelle and Dave were great hosts that have great experience to offer.

- Ruth - 

I highly recommend the 1 day tour to Perth Waterfalls with Chelle at DownUnderDiscover. As a foreign it was a pleasure to met a local with such sound knowledge of WA nature and the outdoors experiences. I enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour and the waterfalls were spectaculars.The tour is very well thought, and runs smoothly through the day with a great attention. We have time to ask questions, enjoy the walks without rushing and spend a wonderful day. For sure I will come back for another hike/outdoors experience.

- Olga - 

We had a wonderful morning on the recent Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Tour. There was an abundance of wildflowers to discover, learn about and photograph. Learning the history of the Zig Zag and early settlers was very interesting and gave us a new appreciation of the area. Our guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great morning tea. Thank you for an excellent event.

- Adele - 

We had a beautiful evening walk with Chelle. The moon didn't quite make it through the clouds, but the energy was exquisite, and the guide, and company, lovely. Thoroughly recommend this experience, and I can't wait to try others, such as the New Moon walk.

- Jaki - 

Great walking tour in the hills. Loved the very knowledgeable Ken who walked us through the amazing flowers of the region. Highly recommended. Oooh and such a yummy lemon myrtle cake too.

- Trevor - 

The forest walk was amazing. I really enjoyed the meditation and connection exercises and the walk itself is very manageable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and walking!!

- Debbie - 

Mothers day Hike was for my daughter and I our first venture on to the Bibbulmun Track. From the start Chelle and her family crew made us feel very welcome. The Hike was relaxed and at a speed suitable for all ages .Chelle very informative about the trail and the surrounding plants and trees. Midway homemade scones and tea was a welcome break in the midst of beautiful tranquil surroundings. The mothers day flowers and chocolates at the end was also lovely surprise. We will definately be booking more hikes with Down Under Discoveries.

- Meg -

Fantastic hike, no pressure to rush. I absolutely loved the meditative forest immersion moment. Yummo handmade bushtucker morning tea was a real treat. The morning started off quite crisp and cool but brightened to a warm, clear day. Chelle, our guide is really knowledgeable but warm, approachable and has great people skills.When I can afford another hike, hopefully a night one, will definitely be choosing this lovely family run business.

- Sandie - 

Thanks Chelle at Down Under Discoveries, I had a really great time, learnt lots and didn't feel rushed or unsafe at any point! even with the snake trails � 
I couldn't do something like that on my own so it's great you've created something that gets people outside �
Lovely group of people and I look forward to my next adventure! ��

- Tamara -

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Guided 5.5km hike through John Forrest National Park
  • Storytelling, History and Aboriginal Culture
  • Walk through the Swan View Tunnel
  • Visit National Park Falls
  • Watch the sun set over Perth CBD from Eagle View Lookout
  • 1 hour Astronomy session with Perth Observatory
  • A variety of Bushtucker infused slices, biscuits and bliss balls as well as some Warndu Bushtucker herbal tea to wash it down.
  • Insurances
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page

What to Bring

  • Plenty of water
  • Dinner, unless you are choosing a Down Under Bushtucker option.
  • Backpack
  • Headlamp or Torch (Infrared preferred)
  • Sturdy shoes, Clothes to suit the activity
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Good sense of adventure and an open mind
  • Travel insurance*
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Cancellation Policy.

Down Under Discoveries Terms and Conditions

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