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Do you also know this feeling when you need to get away from it all, when it’s time to get out of that box that is the office, and the home, and the car, and take a walk or a hike? Well, we’ve got plenty of great walking and hiking trails here in Mandurah and the Peel Region, just waiting for you to be explored.
Mandurah and Peel Region’s Top Walking Trails
It might not be the quickest way to get around, but in the famous words of a Mr Ferris Bueller: life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
So slow down as you walk one of these idyllic tracks – while smelling those roses, as ordered, you’ll also find yourself coming across gorges, dense forests, wetlands and suspended bridges to hike up the excitement on these trails.
Please note to check https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/ for updates on track conditions for those in national state parks before you put your sneakers on.
1. Kitty’s Gorge Walk.
Location: Jarrahdale. Distance: 14km return
As the name suggests, this walk takes you across the rocky terrain of Kitty’s Gorge, following the Serpentine River to eventually bring you to the falls.
The story goes that Kitty was actually a cow who wandered away and was found months later down the gorge. Don’t be like Kitty. Prepare yourself for a five-hour walk of moderate difficulty, with some uneven ground and steep stretches of track.
From here, you can also access Baldwin’s Bluff, which is about 6km all up and offers extended views from the bluff.
2. Len Howard Conservation Park.
Location: Erskine. Distance: 2km – 6km
A short, easy nature track looping around the wetlands, this trail offers bird watching spots and is connected to a reserve that’s perfect for a picnic.
From the carpark at the end of Glendart Ct, the short trail will take you to a bird hide just 2km away.
The trail is partly comprised of a boardwalk over the glistening wetlands.
For the more enthusiastic hiker, a longer walk along the Erskine Walk Trail of approximately 6km and a two-hour return is also available.
3. Tullis Bridge and Tullis Rail Trails
Location: Boddington. Distance: 3 – 16km
Starting at – you guessed it – Tullis Bridge, this walk follows a flat, easy trail along the picturesque Hotham River.
The track weaves through bushland and back to the bridge site, which is a great spot for a picnic.
If you’re after a longer walk, the Tullis Rail Trail starts from the Boddington Lions Rodeo Grounds and is about 16km, finishing up at the wooden bridge.
4. Riverside Heartwalk
Location: Mandurah. Distance: 2km
Just to the east of Mandurah, this 90 minute walk follows a southern part of the Serpentine River, with a boardwalk that leads out to the water to offer breathtaking vistas.
While the odd boat is a pretty common sight, if you’re lucky, you might spot a couple dolphins, known to visit the area.
5. Island Point Walk
Location: Herron. Distance: 2km – 3km
A popular bird watching and picnic spot, Island Point Reserve also offers short walks able to be taken on by young and old.
You can walk the short loop of 2.3km, or the longer 3.3km, around the gorgeous wilderness of the wetlands.
6. Pinjarra Heritage Walk Trail
Location: Pinjarra. Distance: 1.2km
A fun track that crosses the Pinjarra suspension bridge, this walk takes you not just over the Murray River and its surrounding bushland but also through the historic town itself – making it a good choice for those not as keen for full-on bushwalking.
Ready to go? For further information and maps on the walking trails mentioned above visit your local visitor centre.
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