Of all the R&B Soul classics, name a catchier chorus than, ‘Don’t go chasing waterfalls.’
Seriously, name one.
Normally we don’t condone ignoring TLC’s timeless lyrics. But today we’re blatantly going against them. We’re chasing waterfalls, baby.
Yep, and all of the good ones, too.
So, before you start packing a towel and snacks, here’s your guide to the best Western Australia waterfalls out there.
1. Lesmurdie Falls
If you’re after a day out in the spring sun with wildflowers galore, Lesmurdie falls will deliver for you. Only a half-hour drive from the city centre, this stunning waterfall makes for the perfect day trip adventure.
Try to get there after a few days of rain, and the 50m falls will be even more spectacular.
With plenty of walking trails throughout the surrounding area, you can take in the glorious views of the darling range escarpment – and stop for a picnic at one of the many benches located around the waterfall.
2. Lane Poole Falls, Northcliffe
Located a 20-minute drive from the sleepy town of Northcliffe, Lane Poole Falls is surrounded by the stunning Karri trees of Burara-Gardner National Park.
If you’re out and about in the Southwest, this is a must-see. If you want a full tour – the 5km Lane Poole Falls walk trail offers some of the most breathtaking views of WA’s oldest forests.
Make sure to bring plenty of water and proper hiking boots as parts of the trail can get slippery and steep at times.
3. Fern Pool, Karijini National Park
If you’re after an Instagram-worthy shot – you need to visit Fern Pool. Located at the very end of Dales Gorge, this is one of Western Australia’s most spectacular waterfalls and swimming spots.
If you’re interested in the local history, then you’re also in luck. This pool holds great significance with local indigenous communities.
To get there follow the signs to Fortescue Falls and then keep walking an extra few hundred metres and the stunning poll will come into view.
4. Beedelup Falls, Beedelup
Located only a short drive from Pemberton, Beedelup Falls lies deep within Greater Beedelup National Park and also boasts one of WA’s most stunning cascading waterfalls.
The Beedelup Falls Loop Walk takes you through towering Karri forests and across a wooden suspension bridge and finally to a lookout where you can view the falls themselves.
Spring is the best time to visit – because of the wildflowers and extra water flow, although any other season also has its perks.
5. Fernhook Falls, Walpole area
If you’re chasing a relaxing afternoon beside a tranquil lake surrounded by ancient forests, then you shouldn’t miss Fernhook Falls. This little secret is a short drive off the South Western Highway – or easily reached by taking Beardmore Road if you’re approaching from the Walpole town side.
This natural pool and cascading streams that feed into it are a delight for families and intrepid hikers alike. Laze around for the day or throw on your hiking boots and grab a tent and settle in for the night at one of the many campsites located in the surroundings.
6. Spa Pool, Karijini National Park
Deep within Hammersley Gorge lies the picturesque Spa Pool. Its almost perfectly round shape gives it its name – as does the turquoise water that falls into it. Accessibility is made easier by handrails and a ladder, but do remain cautious when climbing in and out.
The advantage of swimming in Spa Pool is that it’s close to multiple other swimming spots to cool off in between walks. Remember to bring plenty of food and water with you for the day.
7. King George Falls, Kimberley region
The mighty King George Falls is easily one of the most stunning western Australia waterfalls. Its enormous size and breadth also make it one of the more difficult sites to access – not to mention being extremely isolated.
For the ultimate experience – take a cruise boat to the base of the falls where, if you’re lucky you can take a traditional ‘waterfall shower.’ For those who’d prefer to keep their distance, chartering a scenic flight over the Falls is an excellent way to see all its angles and the surrounding landscapes.
8. Serpentine Falls, Perth Hills
Serpentine Falls is a 50-minute drive from Perth CBD and boasts a stunning pool fed by a year-round waterfall that cascades over dark red rocks. It’s one of the most stunning posts in the Perth hills.
With 3 separate hiking trails in the area, there is plenty of room to move and sights to see. Highly recommended is Baldwin’s Bluff, which is a solid 6km hike through the stunning forest all the way to the top. If you’d prefer to relax for the day, there are excellent facilities located in the park – including barbecues and toilets which will make your time even more enjoyable.
9. Noble Falls, Gidgegannup
One of Western Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls is only 40 minutes drive northeast of Perth, and located just past the township of Gidgegannup. If you’re after a day amongst wildflowers and dense jarrah forests then this is the ticket. The dog-friendly walking trails are easily accessible – and are littered with idyllic picnic spots along the way.
Day at an end? Why not sit back and enjoy a beer and delicious pub food at the charming tavern located right near the waterfall.
Noble Falls is best visited during the wet season.
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