Noble Falls Walk Trail
Start - Noble Falls Car Park
Length - 4km (Loop)
Grade - Green
Terrain - Single Track, 4x4 Track
Dog Friendly - Yes
Vertical Climb - 61m
Time - 1-2 Hours
Signed - Occasional Markers
Date Hiked - 24th July 2016
Best Time - Autumn to Spring
Traditional Custodians - Wajuk People
Directions - Noble Falls is about an hours drive from Perth along Toodyay Rd. Drive through Gidgegannup and the turnoff is just past Noble Falls Tavern. It is well marked so you can't miss it. It gets busy during spring so grabbing a car park may not always be the quickest experience.
The Hike - The last stop on the Tour de Wuff was a visit to a very popular spot in the Perth Hills, Noble Falls. After refuelling at Mundaring Bakery it was a short 20 minute drive north to Gidgegannup and we weren’t the only ones who thought a visit here would be a great idea. The car park was teeming with SUV's and there was a good crowd of people enjoying the perfection of this winter sunshine. Families, couples, kids, grandparents and every man and his dog were there so we parked up and joined in the fun. The first thing to do was to find the trail head and it wasn’t too far from the car when we located the information board for the two trails (long loop and short loop).
I should have taken a picture of the map but it all looked pretty straight forward so we crossed the bridge and headed in the direction of what looked like a hiking trail. It didn’t last very long and we started to doubt whether we were on the correct trail but we popped out right next to the namesake of the hike, Noble Falls. While it isn’t anything like Lesmurdie Falls, there was still a nice flow rate when we visited and it seemed like everyone was enjoying splashing around the river’s edge. Knowing the trail came back to this point we moved on and soon found a well beaten path that followed the course of Wooroloo Brook. Reminding me a lot of Bells Rapids, this idyllic piece of bushland is something we don’t get a lot of in Perth and you have to wait until mid-winter before it really comes into its own. The flowing water, the green banks and the overhanging trees makes this a magical place and I fully understand why so many people choose to spend a day out here. The path meanders next to the Wooroloo Brook for most of this section and we encountered people having picnics, trying to catch marron and also walking their dogs. There are multiple walking options as you head up towards where the short walk loops back to the falls so you can decide to follow the brook as best you can or enjoy it from a distance and walk on the wide path next to the green meadows.
There are several private properties that border the walk but most have open paddocks so you never feel like you are walking in someone’s backyard. It isn’t long before a bridge appears to take you back to Noble Falls if you only want to do the short walk. We continued on the long walk and encountered some fluff-balls guarding their paddock from behind a wire fence. Sadie is a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to new dogs so kept her distance but Gus being the angry ball of French Bulldog muscle that he is started egging them on. Convincing Gus that seeing as how they were behind the fence he was in no danger we moved on and came to the only point where the trail wasn’t so clear. The marker was up a short bank that led to a paved road and looked like it pointed you to walk on the road so we did for a while before realising that there were no more markers pointing you back towards the trail. We climbed back down the bank and began following the brook again as there was a path beaten through the greenery that looked like it might have been the proper trail. Soon though the trail began to get less obvious and more bush bashing-esqe, which makes me think that not many people do the long trail but we found a way through and eventually reached the bridge over Wooroloo Brook and climbed back onto the road and passed over the bridge.
We spotted a wide trail on the other side of the road but it is a horse trail and not connected to the long walk we were on. Just up the road was a trail marker pointing us back in the direction of the falls so we followed that and began the journey back.
Most of the second half of the walk is on 4x4 track and sometimes you lose sight of the brook but there are a few interesting things along the way to enjoy such as the rusted out car body (a classic car not a dumped old Kingswood) and a water tower/gauging station. The dogs had fun in the last section where the banks of the brook turn into large tracts of granite so there was much sniffing of the water and dipping of the paws to check what was what. You finish the walk on the other side of Noble Falls and it’s a quick scramble up to the car park. With tired wuffs and a great walk behind us it was the perfect end to a fun day out. To cap it off we visited Gidgegannup Bakery for a sweet treat (highly recommended) but if you are after something more substantial, the Noble Falls Tavern is right across the road from the end of the walk.
Final Thoughts – Having seen a few pictures on the interwebs and driven past a couple of times beforehand, I knew roughly what to expect from a visit here but the old adage of “you never know until you go” rang true. I think out of the three dog friendly trails we visited today this was by far the highlight.
While there are bigger waterfalls in Perth (Lesmurdie Falls and Serpentine Falls), there is something to be said for a peaceful walk along a quiet brook, especially when you can bring your best friend along. While the car park was full when we arrived, the place didn’t seem too overcrowded and much less so once we were out on the walking trails.
All in all it is a very enjoyable way to spend an hour or two and we plan to return with all the dogs (sorry Kit for not taking you today) and a picnic lunch. I fully expect this place to be even better in spring with all the wildflowers in full bloom.
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