Perth Foothills Walk Number 1

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is a beautiful city that is fortunate enough to have much wilderness area within easy reach of the city centre. This particular walk is through the foothills in the south east of the city within the City of Gosnells, which is one of Perth’s bigger shires.

This walk, from Ellis Brook to Hardinge Park, or vice versa, is 9 kilometres long and follows a bridle trail, so it is in pretty good condition. One of the reasons why I like this particular walk is because it offers some spectacular views over Perth, and they are best when you walk in the direction of Hardinge Park.

There is no public transport connecting either end of the route, and if there are at least two people doing the walk that have access to cars it is best to leave one car at the end of the walk and the other at the beginning.

Ellis Brook is located on Rushton Road in the suburb of Martin; you can’t miss the entrance as it is well signposted and gated (the gates close at 5pm at both ends). Turn left into the first carpark, which is close to the entrance and is called Honeyeater Hollow, and turn into the carpark on the right where you will see the beginning of the trail.

The trail begins with a fairly steep climb, and after a couple of hundred metres it forks, take the left fork, which follows a fence. The right fork has a sign showing that horses aren’t allowed up that route. There are two points on the trail where you see this sign, and I can assure you that unless you want to walk up some very steep hills you will obey the signs.

The trail leads to a small dam on your left, and then turns right, after some while you pass a small lake that is on your right. The trail starts to rise, but the climb is worth it as this is where you see some great panoramas of Perth. Keep following until you come to a gated road, which you cross, and do a bit of a dog leg, until you beginning walking between two fences. To you left are rural properties, and on your right is a quarry, which you will hear if it is operating.

Following this route, you come to a road which dead ends, and you continue walking along a narrow corridor between houses and the quarry, which is the least attractive part of the walk. The trail climbs a short hill then turns sharply to the left. Follow this down to Reservoir Rd (you will see some vineyards here), then turn right where you will see the trail run by the side of the road for about two hundred metres, where it takes a sharp right. Here, you seem to be walking on private property, but it is public access. The road turns sharp left and leads you to Stephen St, which may be busy with trucks going to and from the quarry. Cross the street and climb slightly until you come to another fork in the trail. Take the left fork for a short while, and then take the right fork, which begins to climb quite steeply. You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see a picnic table, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

Another slight climb and the trail turns left, down a steep hill, and then veers right. Simply follow this trail, which has Hardinge Road running next to it, until it ends opposite Hardinge Park, which is adjacent to Bickley Reservoir. There is a car park and picnic facilities here, but no shops.

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