Mundy Regional Park
Directions - The Palm Terrace car park can be found by taking Lewis Rd off Welshpool Rd East and following the signs. Alternatively you can take Welshpool Rd East up the hill and turn onto Lesmurdie Rd. Follow that until you reach Falls Rd, turn left and keep going to the car park.
The Hike - Lesmurdie Falls, the largest and most epic of all the waterfalls in Perth, also happens to be one of the most searched for locations in Google that relates to hiking in Perth. This is for a good reason as the falls are super impressive from both the bottom and the top, with the opportunity for an amazing sunset just adding a little cherry on top to any visit. I had previously visited here before when I first started out and I was never that proud of the photos I took that day so as a result visitors to the page got a half-baked idea of what it was like to visit (you can view the archived page here).
A visit back here was always on the cards but got pushed back again and again until plans were made to take in a few of the Shire of Kalamunda walks all in one day. This was deliberately left until last so we could take in this glorious location for sunset and hopefully get some better lighting conditions for shooting the falls. Joining me for this hike was Assistant Director of Trail Experience in the Oceania Region, Aron, and Clare, a drifter we found at Whistlepipe Gully. One aim for today was to get the full loop in as previously I had only done the trail down to the base of the falls and back up to the trail head on Falls Rd. Before I had the chance to locate an information board, Aron and Clare shot off down the trail leading to the base of the falls. Figuring that was a good starting point in the fading light, I chased after them and caught up just as we watched a woman precariously trying to cross the brook on a fallen log. Not sure whether to start filming just in case she fell in or ease the pressure and leave, we decided to be nice people and move on. The walk down to the foot of the falls is very pleasant, with a gentle forested track next to the flowing water of Lesmurdie Brook that hides the falls well until you round a corner and catch a glimpse of the magnificence of Lesmurdie Falls.
Even without my full tripod and neutral density filters I was looking forward to capturing the falls, especially after the wet July and August we had experienced. Shooting handheld would be difficult but not impossible so please excuse any blurriness to the photos. Being a relatively clear day compared to the previous weekends I was surprised the place wasn't flooded with people scrambling over each to get selfies and other pictures. Instead we were free to explore the wet rocks and pick our spots without people getting in the shot. Light cloud cover helped the lighting and we spent a good amount of time just taking photos and enjoying the fun of getting to new, more difficult spots. In the late afternoon sun it was nice to just take some time out from snapping away and enjoy the place for what it is. With the regular bun fight for positions not really a concern one can appreciate the beauty of the location. The high walls coloured in dark black and bright orange is something pretty unique and if you use your imagination then it could almost be the Kimberley (almost). Aron got tired of Clare and I taking so many photos so wandered off to the nearby Lion's Lookout (not to be confused with this Lion's Lookout nearby). I started creeping a little when I realised where he was and took some photos of him enjoying the falls all by his lonesome.