Want to escape the city and get outdoors but too time and cash poor to make the trip down to Margaret River? Why not explore a walking trail closer to home?
One of my favourite trails is the Kitty Gorge Walk. This walk, which is accessible from the quaint historic town of Jarrahdale, is named after 'Kitty', a cow who wandered away from home and was found months later in the gorge.
Jarrahdale is a mere one hour drive south west of Perth, and the green rolling paddocks and tree lined roads you pass as you approach the town will make you feel like you are in the country and a lot further away from home. Once you arrive in the town you are greeted by the Jarrahdale General Store which resembles something of a cottage from yesteryear. The Store makes for a great last minute toilet and snacks stop before heading out to the trail.
The Kitty Gorge Walk is both child and dog-friendly and with walks of all different lengths (1km, 5km or the 14km loop) there really is something for everyone. If you have enough time, I would highly recommend the 14 km loop walk to the Serpentine Falls. The trail is a single person dirt track and there are a few moderately steep stairs, but the tall trees and waterfalls along the gorge will definitely take your mind off your legs. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to set up on the flat rocks overlooking the gorge.
The Kitty Gorge Walk proves that you don't have to travel far to get a taste of nature and a breath of fresh country air. It is a perfect, inexpensive way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with your family, partner or friends, with the feeling of the South-West minus the long drive and accommodation hassles.
The photo is picturesque. It makes me want to travel from melbourne to Perth right now and find this wonderful place and go there to bushwalk, then back to margaret river, a nice hotel and the beach to recover from the trek. :)
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Thursday, 20th of October @ 09:36 am
you say the walk is dog friendly, but isnt it in national park? where dogs arnt allowed?
By Anonymous Monday, 23rd of April @ 03:30 am
I'm pretty sure Jarrahdale is south-east of Perth. You might struggle to drive for an hour to the south-west!
By wooda - reader Thursday, 1st of November @ 11:45 pm
National Park, so dogs NOT allowed !!!!!!!
By Anonymous Friday, 15th of March @ 05:36 am
I'm searching for dog friendly trails in southwest WA. Are there any? Is this one actually dog friendly or not? Surely there must be somewhere that will allow me to enjoy the day with my best friends!
By Anonymous Saturday, 6th of April @ 01:49 pm
If you want dogs in a forest then try Dwellingup State Forest. Dogs must be on a lead but are allowed.
Lots of families camp here, take your dogs and some firewood when it gets cooler and camp overnight.
By Anonymous Monday, 8th of April @ 09:50 pm
New reader comment. Waiting for approval.
By amyje - reader Tuesday, 3rd of November @ 01:33 am