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.
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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