With a secret love of writing, I'm somewhat undiscovered. A graphic designer from QLD, we are gradually working our way around Oz. Creating new friends and showing our young family (dog in tow) what an amazing place we live in, the ol fashioned way.
Published February 4th 2013
Get Back to Nature at Gidgegannup You'll be glad you did
Give me home under the gumtrees, with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two and a kangaroo, koalas out the back...
Want to visit some beautiful Australian bushland without driving hours from Perth? Then this place is a must for your bucket list.
Noble Falls - one of the beautiful waterfalls of the Wooroloo Brook. Looking back up towards picnic area.
Just 50 kilometres north east of Perth is a sweet little picnic area just past the town of Gidgegannup and opposite the Noble Falls Tavern / Falls Bar and Cafe on Toodyay Road. I stumbled across this when asking one of the locals where I could let the kids have a run and take the dog for a quick swim. Or was it visa versa? Either way I could not have found a better spot.
Map of Noble Falls & Wooroloo Brook Nature Walk Picnic Area. Source: gidgegannup community group Website
Noble Falls form part of the the Wooroloo Brook, which in itself has a beautiful walk, adjoining a nature reserve with various species of bird and wildlife along the track as it meanders alongside the running stream.
The falls themselves are quite small in size, but make up for it in picturesque beauty and quirky picnic settings. It really is a place you can head downstream, grab a towel and a book, and just get lost in your own little wonderland.
Our fur kid finds one of the many beautiful waterholes to swim in.
Dogs are allowed off the leash as long as they are controlled and ours certainly welcomed the cool water to swim in. Make sure you take your swimmers because there are lots of beautiful spots to take a dip or simply just sit on the banks and fill your lungs with the serenity of the bush.
The actual picnic area itself runs for about 800 metres in a circle and there is ample shady parking and plenty of picnic tables so you can pick your spot and not have to feel claustrophobic. There are fire restrictions on open fires (which are not permitted), however the picnic area itself has toilets and free electric BBQs. Under the shade of the gum trees is an inviting children's park area with swings and slide to help entertain the kids. NB: The Noble Falls Picnic Area is not a designated rest area, so unfortunately no overnight camping is allowed.
For nature lovers and bushwalkers, be sure to pack your walking shoes, binoculars and camera so you can capture some of the great spots along the walk. You might even catch one of the horse trail ride groups.
Finish off your experience with a nice cold beverage at the Falls Tavern or tame the hunger with one of their huge meals. (Note: They are closed Mondays.)
We have been back to this spot several times and it's always met with squeals of delight. It's so peaceful and quiet, a world away from the hustle and bustle and somewhere we can just let go. Just make sure you take your repellent, the last time we went, it was very hot with barely a breath of wind, and the flies... well they were just damn annoying. If you'd like to see more pics and further information, you can visit the Gidgegannup Tourism Website.
I wish I was back there now so I can get this song out of my head. A verandah out the back.. and an old rockin' chair...
Took the family and dog here yesterday (April 2014). The river is dried up and all that is left is a few ponds with stagnant smelly water. Still a nice picnic but I'd advise keeping your dog on a lead if they are water crazy (ours was straight into the rotten water!)
A beautiful place for family& friends to have a picnic at.
Picturesque waterfall's and you can even walk across the water....
They have walking trails like a walk into the bush it's such a peaceful paridise......
Along your walk you'll see horses and a stream you can put your feet into.....
The best time to go is June as you can enjoy a hearty soup and going on a bush walk to keep warm.
August-October are also really good time to go.
It gets dark after 5:pm in winter..
Enjoy and please come down escape to the country.