Ellis Brook Reserve

Sixty Foot Falls

Ellis Brook Reserve

Directions - Located south east of Perth in the foothills of the Darling Range, you take the Gosnells Rd East turnoff from Tonkin Hwy and follow the signs to Rushton Rd. There are two car parks, the first is the trail head for the Blue Wren Trail and others and the last one is the trail head for Sixty Foot Falls. 

Part 1 - Hike it Baby & Blue Wren Trail (2.8km return)

 

During the week I was contacted by Sara from Hike it Baby providing feedback about the new website design and after a bit of back and forth we thought it was a good idea to do some collaborative work in the future. Hike it Baby is an international organisation that encourages new families to experience nature by organising walks/hikes in their local area. You can read all about them here. Sara runs the Perth branch and is doing a fantastic job at organising two walks a week and the best thing about them is they are free.

As I have been trying to visit some shorter trails to accommodate the beginner hiker, one of the places I had been meaning to visit is Ellis Brook Reserve. Sara had organised a hike on the Blue Wren Trail at Ellis Brook for the Saturday morning so I joined her group, keen to finally meet in person and to explore the area. As Ellis Brook is dog friendly (dogs must be on leash at all times), I once again had Sadie at my side as we drove out to the meeting location. Ellis Brook Reserve is just off Tonkin Hwy (use Gosnells Rd East exit) and from Gosnells Rd East just follow the signs to Rushton Rd and the entry gates. I made the mistake of using the Mills Rd Exit as it looked like the roads all connected up on Google Maps but it doesn't tell you that there is a concrete facility on Cockram Rd and only authorised vehicles are allowed. When I arrived Sara was waiting in the first car park just beyond the gates with her husband, young son and dog. Soon we were joined by another couple, their young daughter and two dogs and Sara ran through the introductions and guide for the morning.

 

With the dogs getting restless and after waiting for a suitable amount of time for others that might be running late we set off to find the start of the Blue Wren Trail. <