Get Back to Nature with Perth’s Top Walking Tracks

Nothing beats a stroll in the sun!  You don’t have to stray far from the city to immerse yourself in some glorious Western Australian scenery, so here’s the best routes just outside Perth.

Law Walk

Law Walk
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Known as ‘the rollercoaster’ for its many ups and downs, the Law Walk is the best way to experience all the natural beauty King’s Park has to offer. The trail is about two and a half kilometres long, taking you from Karri Pavilion to Dryandra Lookout and back again via a looping path. You’ll get fabulous views of both the Swan River and the CBD along the way, and there’s plenty of wildlife to look out for too.

If you get peckish, try the famous chicken and rice at G’Fun Cafe. You can also drink coffee and browse homeware at The Tenth State, or grab a fresh pastry at Ned’s Cafe.

Bibbulmun Track

First Light Travel
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In its entirety, the Bibbulmun Track stretches on for about 1000 kilometres. We realise that’s probably a bit much, even for a seasoned hiker, but we’d highly recommend you try the section from the Mundaring Weir Hotel to the Golden View lookout. It features incredible sweeping views from the Mundaring Weir and Lake CY O’Connor, and lets you truly appreciate the majesty of the region.

Speaking of the hotel, it’s a great place to grab a bite before you set out. But if you want to get a bit fancy, try the Vineyard Kitchen in Bickley Valley. And if health food is your thing, Soul Tree is ready to serve.

Bells Rapid Walk Trail

Bells Rapid Walk
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The Bells Rapid Walk Trail gives you a choice between two scenic walks along the Swan River. The river itself is as dramatic as they come, filled with rugged boulders and speeding waters. As for the two trails, the River Walk is slightly shorter and easier to traverse, while the Goat Walk is one for the more experienced hiker (and includes the infamous ‘Buttock Boulder’ – keep an eye out, it’s pretty cheeky!).

Whether you fancy a glass of wine at Upper Reach, a classy cheeseboard from The Cheese Barrel or a veggie feast at Swan Valley Vegetarian Cafe, you’re bound to find somewhere to sate your appetite.

Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail

Scarborough-trigg
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We can all thank Mother Nature for the wonder that is the Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail. There are three separate walking loops here, all of different lengths and difficulties. Each one combines the Scarborough coastline with Trigg’s beaches and the bush trails of the Trigg Bushland Reserve, and they’re brimming with awesome things to see. From the crashing ocean to unique wildflowers and local bird and animal life, you won’t go home disappointed!

If you start feeling peckish, don’t worry. There are plenty of pit stops along the way, such as Cafe Del Pescatore, BOHO Espresso and the charming beachfront eatery, Yelo.

Numbat Trail

Numbat Trail
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Another multiple-choice option, the Numbat Trail is also divided into three different walks. They’re all found within the gorgeous Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to an enormous range of local flora and fauna. The landscape is diverse, the views over the Avon Valley are marvellous, and you might even spot an echidna! We can’t see any downsides here.

In nearby Swan Valley, Edgecombe Brothers Cafe excels in wine and burgers (a fine combination). The Coffee Hut does delicious omelettes, and The House of Honey is exactly what it sounds like!

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