Please note! Serpentine Falls has been closed indefinitely due to a potential brain-eating amoeba that’s been discovered in the water. Seriously.

Looking for a wild swimming escape less than an hour from Perth CBD? Serpentine Falls is the dream destination.

Highlights
  • Swimming in an idyllic emerald pool at the foot of the falls
  • Grassy picnic area with tables, BBQs and toilets with disabled access.
  • Encounter some of Australia’s fantastic flora and fauna

Slither out of the big smoke and hop on the freeway heading south. We hit the road pretty early so we’d arrive when the pools open at 8:30am in an attempt to avoid the crowds. In the summer months, when the park has reached capacity, the rangers will close the entry gate. So set that alarm because the early bird gets the rock pool when it’s not busy.

Upon arrival, after you’ve paid your entry fee and parked in the falls carpark, a little dirt track will lead you up to the viewing platform for the falls. The lead up is also wheelchair and pram friendly, hooray! This national park was declared in 1957, and received its name from early settlers due to the snake-like shape of the river. The Serpentine Falls is without a doubt the main attraction of the national park and lies in a valley at the foot of the Darling Scarp.

Now, feast your eyes on Serpentine Falls in all its glory. With a steady stream of water flowing down the granite rock face in the distance and two luscious emerald swimming holes front and centre, it’s easy to see why these falls are the park’s namesake. Pick out a spot on the rocky platform (which is ideal for sun-baking) and be sure to bombie into a wild swim without delay.

The picnic area plays host to a variety of facilities including tables, BBQs, toilets and shaded areas, making it a perfect place to sit with family and friends for a bite. You’re likely to see a few roos hanging about the picnic area as well so say hello, but remember not to feed our furry friends!

This is the glorious second pool

You’ll also have access to a triplet of bushwalks from the picnic area, namely:

  • Falls Walk Trail (400m walk) – A short gravel track leading up to a viewing platform for the falls. Still counts.
  • Baldwins Bluff Nature Track (6km return) – A track leading you to the top of the Falls escarpment, where you’ll be greeted with panoramic views at the summit.
  • Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track (14km return)  – This walking track follows the Gooralong Brook, which feeds the falls and is perfect for catching a glimpse at the wildflower display during the springtime.

 

If you’re keen on a bushwalk, the best time of year is around spring when the temperatures are ideal for hiking and the gorgeous native wildflowers come into bloom.

Fees And Opening Hours
  • $11 (make sure you bring some dollary-doos) or free if you own a National Parks Pass
  • Open from 8:30am – 5:00pm daily
Essential Gear
  • Your finest swimming attire and a towel
  • A charcuterie board and some organic kombucha (or anything else you have lying about for a picnic)
  • Hiking boots
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (head during winter to see the falls flowing at full tilt)
How To Get There

Pop onto the Kwinana Freeway south until you hit Mundijong Rd. Take a left onto Mundijong Rd and then a right onto South Western Highway. Turn down Falls Road and cruise on until you reach Serpentine Falls.

Skill Level

Beginner

Distance Covered

200m AKA bugger all