Author: Sarah Moody
Ranging from the abundant Kimberley to the nearby Darling Scarp, WA has so much to offer when it comes to waterfalls. Before the winter chill takes over, make the most of the remaining hot days and witness some of WA’s most picturesque natural wonders. We’ve rounded up some of the best of the best, so pack your bathers and snacks for the ultimate getaway.
Serpentine Falls – Serpentine
An absolute must for any Perth resident, Serpentine Falls is just an hour’s drive south from Perth CBD. Get your hiking boots on and follow the 6km Baldwins Bluff hike to get the most amazing views across the valley. Or, if you prefer to relax, soak in the sunshine on the rock ledges or unwind under the flowing waterfall. Now is the perfect time to go to avoid crowds and make the most of this stunning attraction.
Fern Pool – Karijini
Nestled up North in the remote Karijini region of WA, this spectacular oasis glistens with turquoise water and with waterfall to match. To reach it, begin the Dales Gorge walk trail until you reach the easily accessible staircase and pathways to get to the hidden sanctuary. Whilst you’re there, be sure to check out the other beautiful waterfalls Karijini National Park has to offer.
Emma Gorge – El Questro Wilderness Park
If you’re chasing the ultimate remote Kimberley region experience, make sure you don’t miss the serene surroundings of the Emma Gorge waterfall. Bring your snacks and take the hour-long scenic route to witness this spectacular 65m droplet waterfall. Make sure to reward yourself with a swim in the cooling, clear water surrounded by cliffs and beautiful greenery.
Horizontal Falls – Kimberley
Witness a completely unique phenomenon right here in WA. Horizontal Falls is the only place in the world where massive tidal movements cause the water to fall sideways. Dubbed “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder”, Sir David Attenborough gives his tick of approval. As the waterfall is not accessible from vehicle, make the most of this unique experience and opt to see the wonder from air, boat or seaplane available from Broome or Derby.
Mitchell Falls – Kununurra
If you’re one for adventure, grab your hiking boots and take this 8.6km round-trip hike to the four-tiered Mitchell Falls and its neighbouring attractions. Get up close and embrace the magical emerald waters via the trail or witness the falls in style with a scenic helicopter ride. Don’t forget your camera!
Manning Gorge – Kimberley
Get your toes (or complete lower torso) wet while crossing the Manning River, then hike for 3km in order to reach Manning Gorge. The gorge itself has several pools and you will be met with spectacular views at the top of the waterfall. If you are lucky, and look hard enough, you might even find some examples of Bradshaw and Wandjina rock art.
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