Lane-Poole Falls

Shannon National Park / Northcliffe, Western Australia, Australia

About Lane-Poole Falls

Hiking Distance: 5km round trip
Suggested Time: 90-120 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-06-19
Date last visited: 2006-06-19

Waterfall Latitude: -34.69157
Waterfall Longitude: 116.25974

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

When Julie and I think of Lane-Poole Falls, what comes to mind was a very relaxing experience punctuated with tall karri trees, a relatively easy hike, and a pleasant 10m waterfall at the end of the trail.

A theme that was very apparent for all the waterfalls we had seen throughout Southwestern Australia was their low flow, and with this waterfall, we came in with lowered expectations.

Lane-Poole_Falls_013_06182006 - Lane-Poole Falls
Lane-Poole Falls

In fact, we adopted the mindset that the waterfall was merely the excuse to enjoy the Naturesque experience while momentarily freeing ourselves of the waterfall-bagging mentality.

We actually carried the burden of that waterfall-bagging mentality for much of our visit to the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The falls was situated between the township of Northcliffe and Shannon National Park.

It turned out that on the morning of our visit (which started at 10am), we were the only ones on the trail throughout the entire time we did the hike so that kind of further added to our relaxed mindset.

We weren’t sure if the lack of people here was a reflection of the threatening rain, or that the falls itself was obscure, or if it just was the wrong time of year to come here, or if our visit happened to be during a prolonged drought.

This relative solitude allowed some of the more subtle aspects of the environment sink into us given our very open state of mind.

Hiking to Lane-Poole Falls

Lane-Poole_Falls_001_06182006 - The Boorara Tree towering high above us from the car park for Lane-Poole Falls
The Boorara Tree towering high above us from the car park for Lane-Poole Falls

Our hike began at the car park (see directions below), which immediately started off with a giant tree called the Boorara Tree (I’ve also seen it called the Boolara Tree).

There was some signage and fencing surrounding the tree so it was pretty obvious that we should give special attention to it.

The tree was so big that we had to stand some distance back from it in order to take a photo of its entirety.

In any case, we didn’t expect to see it going into this hike, and it was a very nice bonus.

Next, we followed along a mostly flat forested path towered over by more tall but thin karri trees.

There were interpretive signs throughout the walk to help us mentally break up the hike while also broadening our understanding of how these magnificent trees came to be.

Lane-Poole_Falls_028_jx_06182006 - Some viewing platform seen along the way to Lane-Poole Falls
Some viewing platform seen along the way to Lane-Poole Falls

The signs also explained about the flora and fauna as well as other aspects about the environment here.

This relaxing stretch of trail (which was more like a stroll than a hike) persisted for about 30 minutes.

Final Downhill Stretch to Lane-Poole Falls

Then, we encountered a 200m downhill stretch where a handrail assisted us with our balance.

Given the rains from the previous day, the downhill slope was actually a little muddy and slippery so metal handrail was appreciated.

We carefully and slowly made our way down to the bottom where the path ultimately terminated at a hexagonal platform right in front of Lane-Poole Falls.

The lookout platform was quite close to the waterfall, and we’d imagine that under higher flow (like in some photos we had seen in the literature prior to our visit), the platform might get a bit of the waterfall’s mist.

Lane-Poole_Falls_027_jx_06182006 - The steep and slippery descent to Lane-Poole Falls with a metal railing to hold onto to help
The steep and slippery descent to Lane-Poole Falls with a metal railing to hold onto to help

By the time we returned to the car park, we had spent about an hour and 45 minutes away from the car.

At least 30 minutes of that time was spent admiring the Boorara Tree, and the pace that we were walking at was such that we probably could’ve done the 3km return trail in even less time.


Lane-Poole Falls resides in the Pemberton area of Western Australia. It is administered jointly by the Western Australia Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Pemberton_002_jx_06182006 - Driving on the Pemberton-Northcliffe Road
Pemberton_008_jx_06182006 - Much of the driving around the Northcliffe area was full of tall trees, and it was kind of a precursor to the environment of our hike
Lane-Poole_Falls_032_06182006 - We had to stand a bit far back from the Boorara Tree to see its entirety
Lane-Poole_Falls_008_06182006 - Julie on the forested path to Lane-Poole Falls
Lane-Poole_Falls_009_06182006 - Walking amongst the karri trees
Lane-Poole_Falls_024_06182006 - Finally at the Lane-Poole Falls in low flow

To get to the car park for Lane-Poole Falls, we first drove from Pemberton to Northcliffe, which took about 30 minutes (34km).

The route started off on the Vasse Hwy (Route 259) for about 2km before turning left onto the Pemberton-Northcliffe Road (Route 10).

We headed south on Route 10 for another 28km where we then continued heading south from Northcliffe (you need to turn right at the 4-way intersection if you’re heading south) until you see a well-signed turnoff heading east onto Boorara Road.

Lane-Poole_Falls_002_jx_06182006 - Driving on an unsealed road leading to the car park for Lane-Poole Falls and the Boorara Tree
Driving on an unsealed road leading to the car park for Lane-Poole Falls and the Boorara Tree

From there, we followed the signs along the unsealed road for another 45 minutes or so (to go 19km).

At the car park, there was the giant Boorara Tree (I’ve also seen it called the Boolara Tree) so that kind of helped assure us that we were in the right place.

For some additional context, Pemberton was 145km (under 2 hours drive) east of Margaret River, 323km (over 3.5 hours drive) south of Perth, and 239km (under 3 hours drive) west of Albany.

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