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.
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.
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.