One all time favourite activity for thrill seekers is cliff jumping - Jumping from a high point into deep water without any safety precautions... it is a lot of fun! The unbridled joy of throwing safety out the window and living free is a feeling that is very hard to replicate with anything else. So where can you go cliff jumping around Perth? Here are my three favourite spots.
Rottnest Island There are literally dozens of spots around Rottnest suitable for cliff jumping. From small jumps into reef holes to unnervingly high cliff dives into the open ocean, Rottnest has you covered.
Little Parakeet Bay, just 5 minutes from Geordie Bay
We found a quiet spot in Little Parakeet bay with a big hole in the reef, and a conveniently placed rock right above it. The jump is only about three metres high, but jumping into a small reef hole is a completely weird experience! Especially when you know how much sea life is down there.
For higher jumps you have to head out to the West End. Out here you can find quite a few decent places, including this one on YouTube. The cliffs around West End are high and the water is deep. You may have to swim a little way to get back onto land though.
Blackwall reach is a popular yet little known spot on the Swan river. The long cliff face is just a little West of the Point Walter sand bar, sitting between boat moorings and some impressive mansions.
The high cliff, ease of accessibility and deep water make this pretty much perfect... just try to forget about the fact that it is a hot spot for breeding Bull sharks.
Serpentine Falls Just over an hour outside of Perth along the South-West highway is a sleepy country town called Serpentine, named after the huge natural park at its doorstep.
The Serpentine National Park is bisected by a fresh water river running all the way to the Peel Inlet in Mandurah. The river features a dam, untouched forest and a pretty decent waterfall (by Perth standards).
It's at this waterfall where you can indulge your wild side by throwing yourself off the edge of the rocks. There is a rocky ledge half way up or if you're really gutsy you can get up to the top and go from there - don't worry, it's deep enough.
So there you go, get out and live on the wild side! Just remember to make sure rock ledges are solid before going out on them, and always swim out to where you intend to jump first to check depth and hidden objects. As is the case with every fun thing in life; thanks to our overprotective government one injury will ruin it for everyone.
Serpentine falls is not recommended for cliff jumping- there has been more then a few serious accidents there (some rumored to be fatal) as there is an underwater shelf that many people have gotten stuck under!
You obviously don't know anyone with a spinal injury! One injury is far too many! You need to be really careful about sharing about these places- Especially to people who are not from Perth or the area they won't know know of the dangers. I for for one know the two places you've mentioned and I would not be promoting them like you have done.
I have jumped at all these places. I would not recommend Serpentine Falls at all. It is easy to slip off. Unless there is someone there to tell you how to get to the edge you will slip off. Blackall reach is the easiest and safest. North Fremantle "suicide rock" is safe but check the area you jump into first.
As a kid I loved jumping off things into water. I'm now 47 and i still love it.
Beatty Park has diving platforms. This is the safest place to do it as there is a lifeguard on duty at all times.
Cheers. Paul Walker.
For all the people complaining about cliff jumping. Us cliff jumpers and adrenaline addicts are not stupid. We do it for the thrill. Yes there are many dangers of doing such things and anyone without experience shouldn't be doing it. I am one who has been cliff jumping for years and would never recommend to someone who is this confidant in what there doing to stay away from such highs until you Have jumped off slightly lower things before getting the the intermediate shit. I for one have had a few injuries nothing serious thank God but that was out of my own stupidity. So long story short don't cliff jumping if you are I.