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Serpentine Falls National Park

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by Anne (subscribe)
Perth-based film, literature and script writing student.
Published December 1st 2012
Ditch the beach for the Falls
There's a little unknown hideaway that I love to visit with friends in the summer. Serpentine Falls National Park is a gorgeous natural attraction about an hours drive from the Perth CDB (for directions, click here).

Now that might sound like a pretty long drive, but trust me, it's well worth it.

Definitely worth the drive.

I only discovered this place a year or two ago, which is funny because I actually live close by. It's very popular on hot summer days, but if you go in the middle of winter you'll likely have the picnic area, complete with kangaroos, and falls to yourself.

But hey, back to those hot summer days. 'Serpy Falls', as it's affectionately known, is a great alternative to going to the beach- because let's face it, sometimes the beach is just too sandy. And jellyfish-y, and crab-filled, and shark-infested... the list goes on. But here in Serpy Falls, you can jump into the two rock pools at the base of the waterfall without having to worry about any of those things.

No jellyfish in THIS water.

Just be careful if you want to climb or jump off the rocks- I've seen it done and it's not for the fainthearted.

Do not try to jump off these. Ever.

There are a few barbecues dotted around the picnic area, so if you get in early enough to stake out a spot you can spend the whole day there. Just remember to bring the $11 you'll need for parking access, and don't be sneaky if there's no one to collect the fee. This park is so beautiful, the least we can do is pay our share to spend some time in it.

So grab a bunch of friends, make a summer playlist for the drive and head out to Serpy Falls as the weather heats up. Or take a loved one and have a romantic swim and picnic, or plan a day there with the whole family- whatever you choose to do, this place won't let you down.
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Why? a beautiful getaway only an hour from Perth
When: Open all year round, popular in summer
Where: Serpentine Valley
Cost: $11 for parking
Your Comment
One word of warning......NO DOGS ALLOWED..... it is a National Park!
by ajinp (score: 0|2) 2747 days ago
Beautiful park, but don't go on a summer weekend as the park is now closed on Saturdays and Sundays in summer.
by not_t (score: 0|2) 2011 days ago
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