I'm a Professional Writing and Publishing student based in Perth, Western Australia.
Published October 6th 2011
Ellis Brook Valley Reserve is a hidden gem. Located in the Perth Hills, it is a spectacular area to explore with a number of walking trails that range from easy to difficult. The main track is definitely the most rewarding, but also one of the hardest.
Entry is free, and within the Reserve you will find a large picnic area with all the facilities you'll need for a barbecue. The jewel in the crown is a spectacular waterfall, Sixty Foot Falls, but you have to go at the right time of year to see it at its best (around Winter is your best bet).
This area is perfect for those who want to get in tune with nature, but don't want to head too far from the city. For those interested in mining and history, there are a number of sites that may be of interest, including an old quarry and crusher site.
The views are spectacular - at the top of Sixty Foot Falls you will have a clear view of Perth City, and on some days you can see the coast (binoculars would probably help with this, although it is possible without them).
The top of the waterfall is a very special place. Surrounded by native bushland, it's a great place to sit and take in the views. If you're not up to the entire circuit, there are numerous lookouts located on the way up.
It's a fantastic haunt for keen photographers - it's almost impossible to take a bad photo. So, pack up the kids, the picnic, walking boots and camera, and head to Ellis Brook Valley Reserve.