One of the benefits of living in the world’s most isolated capital city is that we are surrounded by hidden oases and secret swimming spots. Here, you can lay upon the white sand of your own private lagoon, take a dip in these natural pools that are sheltered from the world, and be lulled into serenity by the peaceful sound of water falling into itself. Dust off your swimming trunks and check out these top swimming holes near Perth city!

Serpentine Falls

Emerge from the verdant forest that surrounds this freshwater pool and take in the sight of the Serpentine Falls. A sanctuary for the native fauna and flora of the area and ancient hunting ground of the Noongar Peoples, the water flows over the granite rock of the Serpentine River valley. There are plenty of BBQ and picnic areas for a post-swim feed, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to dine with one of the many friendly kangaroos who call the National Park home. Get directions to the Park here.

Yanchep Lagoon

Yanchep Lagoon is one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast. Enclosed by a reef which is home to many starfish, the beach remains calm most days and you can easily find a spot to lay out your towel on the soft sand. Across the road, a beachy café awaits those who build up an appetite in the swell. Find your way here.

Lesmurdie Falls

This swimming hole hidden up in the hills in Kalamunda National Park is a rare and wild natural spot; prone to disappearing in the drier months making a dip all the more magical. Watch the water flow from the top, then head down to the bottom to swim at the foot of the waterfall. It’s the perfect end to a hillside hike through the bush. Find the spot here.

Credit: Alissaanddon, The Long Way’s Better

Rocky Pool

In the 1930s, this waterhole was popular amongst locals before there were public swimming pools in Kalamunda. Nowadays this freshwater sanctuary is a great spot to cool off for the avid hiker. After a trail dotted with wildflowers and views of the Darling Scarp sits a sheltered pool carved into a clearing. Although smaller than its Lesmurdie neighbour, the granite oasis offers the privacy of a path less travelled. Keep an eye out for the endangered white-tailed Carnaby cockatoos that inhabit the park. Directions available here.

Credit: Nina, West Australian Explorer

Lake Leschenaultia

55 minutes east of Perth rests the tranquil expanse of Mundaring’s Lake Leschenaultia. The calm waters, white sandy beach, pontoon and canoeing facilities attract families year-round. After a dip in the old dam swing by Reflections Café on the water or set up a picnic in the shade of the Marri trees. Shelters and lawn areas are also available for hire. Find your way here.

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