4 national parks you should visit near Perth

Perth attracts millions of visitors every year, and the reasons why it’s an excellent place to visit is endless. Wildflowers in bloom around September, abundant wildlife, and beaches within easy driving distance, there’s always something to see and do in Western Australia’s capital.

Whether you’re looking to start or cap off your tour in Perth, visiting one of their national parks to complete your unforgettable holiday is always a great idea.

Drive to your destination

Save your strength for exploring and walking around the parks at your leisure. Getting a car hire service from Perth Airport is the best way to arrive at each destination without the hassle. Go whenever you please and pack all the stuff you need for a day with mother nature.

National Parks around Perth

Perth has more than its fair share of places for you to check out and connect with nature. However, no two national parks are the same. Here’s a list of famous national parks you shouldn’t miss.

1. John Forrest National Park

Named after the city’s first premier, John Forrest National Park is the oldest, and most famous park in Western Australia.

You can have a meal down by the picnic area, complete with barbie facilities. Once you’re full, you can take off from the picnic area and hike to one of its many bush trails. There’s Eagle View Trail, the longest in the park, and Glen Brook Dam Walk and the Railway Heritage Trail. Running out of choices is the last thing you’ll worry about in this park.

2. Walyunga National Park

Walyunga National Park surrounds 1800 hectares of the Darling Range. Here you can see the Avon River and the Brockman River merge to create the Swan River, the park’s biggest attraction. The river flows past a tree-lined valley with slippery rocks along the river edge.

The park is also home to the largest Aboriginal Campsite in Perth. The Aboriginals used the site as a meeting place for more than 6000 years and its name was roughly translated as ‘happy place’. One cannot help but wonder that’s why a visit to this park is a must.

3. Serpentine National Park

Serpentine National Park has seen generations of Perth residents and tourists alike for the past century. It’s an easy drive from the city of Perth and is the perfect place for friends and families alike looking for a fun day out together.

There’s plenty of excellent views around the park including the main attraction, the Serpentine Falls. Arrive early in the morning and soothe your soul with the magnificent view paired with relaxing ambient sound from the waterfalls.

Another thing you can enjoy is bird watching. The park is home to more than a hundred bird species that will make beautiful additions to your bird book collection.

4. Yanchep National Park

Explore the Crystal Caves in Yanchep National Park. Here you can find all sorts of natural decorations like stalagmites and stalactites. You can also join a tour group that will immerse you to a unique experience in the only metropolitan tourist cave.

Other things you can come and see at Yanchep is the koala colony where you can see these furry little tree climbers in their natural habitat. Take part in an Aboriginal cultural experience where you can learn more about the way they lived their lives and so much more.

Are you ready for an adventure outdoors? Bring your water bottles and prepare yourself for a day of walking and fun in any of these National Parks in Perth.