Serpentine Falls

Jarrahdale Shire / near Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Serpentine Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Serpentine Falls was an interesting twisting waterfall that seemed to be true to its name. Of all the waterfalls in the greater Perth area (including its suburbs), this one seemed to have the most satisfying flow. However, as you can see from the photos on this page, that wasn't saying much and the scenic rating reflected that. We also noticed that the plunge pool at the waterfall's base had some swimming pool-like infrastructure suggesting that swimming was allowed at this falls as well.

We showed up at the falls in June 2006 (i.e. at the start of the Australian Winter) so based on our experience, it might have been a bit too early in the season as the water table did not have adequate amount of time to receive replenishing Winter rains. I'm guessing that it might have better flow deep into the Spring, but it was hard to say whether our experience was impacted by the greater anomaly of the prolonged Australian drought (so it wouldn't have matter much what time of the year we'd show up).

We had a little trouble finding Serpentine Falls given some confusion with our pre-trip GPS waypoint. However, it turned out that it wasn't that hard to find at all (see directions below). The falls was located in the southern outskirts of the Perth Suburbs in the Jarrahdale Shire. Once we finally found the car park, it was pretty straightforward to do the short 200m walk along the Serpentine River to get right up to the falls at the end of the track.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Serpentine Falls was less than an hour's drive south of the CBD of the city of Perth (shown here reflected in the Swan River), where we were based to explore the waterfalls in the areaSerpentine Falls was less than an hour's drive south of the CBD of the city of Perth (shown here reflected in the Swan River), where we were based to explore the waterfalls in the area
Serpentine Falls was less than an hour's drive south of the CBD of the city of Perth (shown here reflected in the Swan River), where we were based to explore the waterfalls in the areaSerpentine Falls was less than an hour's drive south of the CBD of the city of Perth (shown here reflected in the Swan River), where we were based to explore the waterfalls in the area
About 2 hours north of Perth (maybe 2.5 hours north of Jarrahdale) was the Pinnacles near the town of CervantesAbout 2 hours north of Perth (maybe 2.5 hours north of Jarrahdale) was the Pinnacles near the town of Cervantes
Further to the south of Jarrahdale along the coast was the Margaret River region, where we managed to visit the intriguing Ngilgi Cave near BusseltonFurther to the south of Jarrahdale along the coast was the Margaret River region, where we managed to visit the intriguing Ngilgi Cave near Busselton
Sign telling us how far we had to walk to see the fallsSign telling us how far we had to walk to see the falls

First look at the falls and poolFirst look at the falls and pool in morning shadow

Closer look at the twisting Serpentine FallsCloser look at the twisting falls

A kangaroo grazing at the picnic area by the car park for Serpentine National ParkA kangaroo grazing at the picnic area by the car park for Serpentine National park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

To get to the falls, you'll have to head south as you leave Perth on Road 30 and then continue south on Road 20 (South Western Hwy). Look for the well-signed Falls Road a few minutes (about 6km) south of the Jarrahdale Road turnoff. There is an entry fee for Serpentine National Park (which was the reserve that the falls resided in).

Overall, the drive from Perth CBD to the car park at the falls would be about 67km (1 hour).




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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