Spring transforms the Perth Hills into a vibrant tapestry of wildflowers. As well as orchards filled with delicate blossoms, and Araluen’s annual tulip show, the Perth Hills also offer a treasure trove of bushwalks brimming with native blooms. Lace-up your walking shoes, set off down a peaceful trail, take a deep breath and immerse yourself in a colourful world of wildflowers.
Please remember wildflower picking is prohibited. Leave only footprints and take only photos.
Here are eleven scenic Perth Hills trails that are wildflower hotspots. From Gidgegannup to Jarrahdale, each of these locations offers a unique experience for wildflower enthusiasts.
FR Berry Reserve, Gidgegannup
FR Berry Reserve is a hidden gem for wildflower enthusiasts. The reserve boasts an impressive variety of native flora. A leisurely 3.7km walk through the reserve’s wildflower-lined trails will lead you to the unique red rocks of F.R. Berry Falls. The trail is most popular in early spring when Wooroloo Brook is in full flow and it’s teeming with blooms – many unique to this area. The roads surrounding the reserve, are official “Flora Roads” too, making the area perfect for a scenic drive.
Find FR Berry Reserve at Reen Road, Gidgegannup.
John Forrest National Park, Hovea
Western Australia’s oldest national park, John Forrest National Park is a haven for many species of wildflowers. The bushland bursts with over 500 native plant species, including the area’s namesake, a striking purple hovea. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a gentle wander to a waterfall, JFNP has it all. The Eagle View Walk Trail, a 15-kilometre loop, offers a walk through diverse wildflower displays and panoramic views of the city. National Park entry fees apply for those arriving by car.
Find John Forrest National Park at Park Road, Hovea.
Lesmurdie Falls, Lesmurdie
Grab your camera and head to Mundy Regional Park in Lesmurdie to see wildflowers and waterfalls! Lesmurdie Falls is a well-known destination for both its stunning waterfall and spring wildflowers. A series of trails lead you through the Regional Park on the Perth Hills escarpment, where you’ll encounter stunning wildflowers, particularly along the Lesmurdie Brook. Look out for the vivid yellow buttercups, sticky starflowers, morning irises, and striking grevilleas as you explore the area.
Find Lesmurdie Falls at Falls Road, Lesmurdie
Kitty’s Gorge, Jarrahdale
Set off on this nature-packed trail from either the rustic logging town of Jarrahdale or Serpentine Falls. The Kitty’s Gorge trail (7km one way) meanders through the heart of the Serpentine River Valley through shady woodlands, past old timber bridges, flowing winter waterfalls and wildflowers. In spring, the undergrowth bursts with banksias, hakeas, and exquisite native orchids.
Trailhead opposite Jarrahdale cemetery or Serpentine Falls National Park (entry fee applies).
Noble Falls, Gidgegannup
Noble Falls is another Gidge gem to take a wildflower walk. The trails around Noble Falls meander along the Wooroloo Brook. In spring, the banks are adorned with banksias, native orchids, and colourful pea flowers, making it a perfect spot for a wildflower stroll. Plus, the popular picnic spot is opposite the Noble Falls Tavern, full of West Aussie country charm!
Find Noble Falls at Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup.
Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow
Lake Leschenaultia just happens to be named after the Leschenaultia flower that can be found scattered around the lake during wildflower season. Take a wander around the easy 3km lake loop trail and you’re sure to spot the blue hue of the petals. The lakes blue waters are thought to resemble the brilliant blue of this pretty native plant.
Find Lake Leschenaultia at 2135 Rosedale Road, Chidlow.
Whistlepipe Gully, Kalamunda
Whistlepipe Gully is a picturesque spot where you can get a huge dose of Perth Hills nature. This moderately challenging 3.5km hike takes you along a creek and through lush bushland, which is decorated with vibrant yellow wattle blooms in winter. In spring, the steep rocky trails are lined with wildflowers. This pretty spot is also pooch-friendly, so be sure to bring your four-pawed pals for an on-lead walk.
Please note that, at time of publication (2 October 2023), the carpark at Lewis Road is closed. Parking your car contrary to City of Kalamunda parking regulations may result in an infringement being issued.
Find Whistlepipe Gully at Lewis Road, Forrestfield
Bungendore Park, Bedfordale
Chances are, you’ve never heard of this Bedfordale gem – which is a fantastic destination for a wildflower adventure down one of the five trails. These trails range in distance from 1.7kms, to 7.7km, so there’s truly something for all fitness levels. People and pooches will enjoy exploring trails that weave through the woodland’s wildflowers, with views over the Darling Scarp. Keep an eye out for the delicate Donkey Orchid, a highlight of the park’s floral display. Adjacent to Bungendore Park, Armadale Settlers Common is another hot spot for wildflower enthusiasts.
Find Bungendore Park at Admiral Rd, Bedfordale
Mundlimup Timber Trail, Jarrahdale
Nestled in the Jarrahdale region, the Mundlimup Timber Trail is a pretty spot to bask in wildflowers. This trail takes you through an historic former logging area that has since been regenerated with an incredible array of native flora, which comes alive in spring with blooming wildflowers. This quiet 3km trail is perfect for those seeking a peaceful bushwalk.
Find Mundlimup Timber Trail at Balmoral Road, Jarrahdale.
The Perth Hills are a wildflower spotters paradise, and these 10 bushwalks are perfect for those eager to explore the region’s natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply looking for a leisurely stroll surrounded by vibrant blooms, these trails offer a glimpse into the stunning world of native Western Australian wildflowers. Grab your camera and set off on a wildflower adventure in the Perth Hills.