Mundy Regional Park
Directions - Starting at the end of Lewis Rd, it can be found by taking the first left after the intersection of Welshpool Rd East and Tonkin Hwy. The gravel car park is at the end of Lewis Rd and the trail starts leading up the hill.
Update - Due to the popularity of this trail and access issues, please park at the bottom of the hill at the end of Lewis Road.
The Hike - After spending the morning out at Lake Leschenaultia enjoying a hike, it was time to move on to the second of four hikes for the day. Aron and I would be meeting a newcomer to The Life of Py, Clare, and she would join us for the remaining three walks of the day. We arrived to find her already exploring the area around the trail head so we laced up the boots and started what is regarded by many as one of the nicer trails in Perth. Following the lovely flowing waters of the namesake Whistlepipe Gully, this was one hike I had been waiting until later in the hiking season to tackle.
With a couple of months of above average rain I decided that the time was right and added it onto the list of hikes we would visit today. I am very happy I waited as the gully was brimming with fast flowing water and early signs indicated that the wildflowers were well and truly out. Aron and Clare shot off into the distance while I hung back and took photos of everything in sight. The path narrows occasionally and as you hug the side of the hill to the north you are thrown into the masses of wildflowers among the scrubs. Immediately there is a connection with the water course that will become a familiar companion throughout the hike and it's a nice feeling being surrounded by the forest while listening to the sounds of the flowing water.
Sets of rapids and rocky obstacles keep things interesting, along with the winding nature of the path, so there is no shortage of sights to hold your attention. Making things more enjoyable was the anti-clockwise loop we had chosen was taking us downhill to start so we could just concentrate on taking photos and enjoying our surroundings. The winding path through the forest eventually takes you to an open section of granite providing spectacular views of the Perth Coastal Plain and the CBD, just a speck in the distance. While most hikes on the Darling Scarp have views of the city skyline, I like the one here at Whistlepipe Gully a bit more as the industrial area to the east of the city is mostly hidden from view by the forest canopy.