Witness the roaring thunder of WA's own waterfalls, nestled among some beautiful scenery - and closer than you might think.
In the Lesmurdie Falls National Park, approximately 22kms east of Perth, this 50-metre waterfall is one of the more spectacular falls on the Darling Range escarpment. The walk trails through the area are also a good place to see wildflowers.
Late winter into early spring is a wonderful time to visit as the falls are flowing and the wildflowers are starting to bloom.
Hovea Falls in the John Forrest National Park usually flows from the beginning of winter to around the end of October. Follow the signs to the picnic area and walk east along the Railway Heritage Trail for about one kilometre.
John Forrest National Park is about 45 minutes from Perth along the Great Eastern Highway.
Lane Poole Falls
Lane Poole Falls is a 10-metre waterfall in a beautiful setting near Northcliffe in the South West.
Head for the Boorara Tree car park and picnic area and follow the Lane Poole Falls walk-trail. The walk to the falls is 2.5kms and takes you through karri and marri forest and past granite outcrops and is a great place to see spring wildflowers.
At Serpentine Falls in Serpentine National Park, water flows over a sheer granite rock face into a rock pool below.
A viewing platform provides a great view of the falls across the pool. Serpentine National Park is about one hour and 10 minutes from Perth. Take Falls Road off South Western Highway.
In the Beedelup National Park near Pemberton and surrounded by lush karri forest, the Beedelup Falls are comprised of a series of cascades. There is a 300-metre walk trail leading to the falls from a nearby car park.
After heavy winter rains, water rushes over the granite boulders at Fernhook Falls to create a trail of foaming white water. There are boardwalks and walk trails, which provide great views of the falls and surrounding forest.
Fernhook Falls are part of the Deep River and are 35kms northwest of Walpole. Turn off South Western Highway at Beardmore Road.
Located in Karijini National Park, Fortescue Falls cascades about 20 metres over rock terraces into a pool that is a perfect spot for a refreshing swim. It’s the best known and most popular of several spring-fed permanent waterfalls in the park.
Get to the falls viewing area on a short universal access path from the Fortescue Falls car park, or take the 200-metre walk trail along the flank of Dales Gorge to the water.
In Joffre Gorge the striking Joffre Falls cut through the hard banded iron formations of the Hamersley Range in Karijini National Park. Joffre Lookout is easily accessed from the nearby car park and provides a breathtaking view of the falls and Joffre Gorge.
To get to the bottom of Joffre Falls, take the walk trail that crosses the creek above the falls and enters a small side gorge. Care is needed on the steep section.
King George Falls
The magnificent King George Falls are twin falls in the Kimberley region and are best viewed from the air or with a local cruise operator.
The waters of the King George River plunge around 80 metres straight down a cliff, making this the tallest singledrop waterfall in Western Australia. Kimberley waterfalls are best viewed immediately after the northern wet season.
Mitchell Falls is one of the North West’s most photographed locations and one of WA’s most spectacular waterfalls. This series of four waterfalls is in the Kimberley’s Mitchell River National Park.
Getting to the area can be challenging and requires a four-wheel drive, but once you’re there you can walk from the camping area to view the falls.