Serpentine National Park
This delightful park, only an hour’s drive from Perth, has attracted recreational visitors for over a century. They come to picnic near the picturesque Serpentine Falls, with its white waters cascading over a sheer granite face into a rock pool below, and to see the brilliant displays of wildﬂowers in spring. Long before the area was discovered by European settlers, the Serpentine River and its surrounds provided the local Nyoongar people with hunting, ﬁshing and camping grounds.
Located on the Darling Scarp and encompassing the steep slopes of the Serpentine River valley, the park is home to two geographically restricted tree species: the Darling Range ghost gum and the spindly grevillea. The forests of jarrah, marri and wandoo provide a habitat for western grey kangaroos, echidnas, yellow-footed antechinuses, southern brown bandicoots, brushtail possums and wallabies, and a variety of frogs, lizards and snakes. Birdlife is plentiful, with common sightings of red-capped parrots, western rosellas, black-cockatoos, red-winged fairy-wrens, robins, and owlet-nightjars.
Near the falls is a grassed picnic area shaded by tall eucalypts. From here, visitors can explore the park via short walking trails that run along the river. Serpentine Falls walk (500 metres, easy) is accessible by wheelchair and a viewing platform offers good views. Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Trail leads uphill along a small tributary of the Serpentine River to the top of a 180-metre granite outcrop; look to the north-west for views of the Perth city skyline. Although this is a day-use park only, open from 9am to 5pm daily, there is a campsite at nearby Gooralong, just north of the park.
Location and access
55 km south-east of Perth via South Western Hwy
DEC Perth Hills (08) 9290 6100
Armadale (08) 9497 3543