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Stinton Cascades Nature Reserve

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Published September 18th 2013
Try looking for these well hidden cascades
If you are heading to the hills and want to see something different then these secretive and well hidden cascades make for a fun and adventurous stop along the way.

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Stinton Cascades


I'm guessing not many of you have heard of this place and we only accidentally stumbled upon the reserve when flicking through the road map and spotting a large patch of green. The word 'cascades' immediately caught our attention. We then made it our mission to hunt them down.

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The pond below the cascades


Stinton Cascades Nature Reserve is actually three nature reserves all located in Karragullen, about an hours drive from Perth. Two are just bush reserves but the third had the cascades in it, so that's the one we wanted to head to.

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Water running down the creek


Following the instructions in the map book we realised the reserve was bounded by roads. We painstakingly drove along all the roads shown but failed to find a way in. Determined to locate these elusive cascades, we drove around again to see if we could find a walk track that would lead us into the area.

Finally we came across a well hidden path that we assumed would take us to our desired destination. To get to this track, you need to drive along Brookton Highway and then turn right onto Gardiner Road. Just before the first house on your right, there is a track which lies alongside a white coloured barrier gate. This is the track that you will need to walk along to take you into the cascades.

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The steep downhill path


The very steep 800 metre track winds down a hillside with farmlets on one side and forest and bush on the other. At this time of year the gravel covered ground beneath is uneven and slippery so care must be taken when walking down the track.

The amount of wildflowers and birdlife surprised us and as we neared the bottom of the track the croaking of frogs signalled to us that there was water nearby. As we got closer to the bottom, we could hear the faint sounds of gushing water so we knew we were getting closer.

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Sit on the rocks and listen to the sounds of the water rushing by


The track turns right at the bottom, flattens out and follows the creek line up to a small reed lined pond surrounded by trees. This is truly a great place for kids to explore.

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Stroll along the 1.5kms of flat path


Further along the track the actual cascades come into sight. An exposed set of smooth rocks with water running over them glistened in the sun. The amount of rain we have had made the vista even better with the sound of running water and frogs filling the air. Just sitting on a dry patch of rock and watching the water rush by is a great way to take in a day.

The track continues following the creek upstream until you reach another smaller cascade. We didn't venture up any further but the track continues almost to the Brookton Highway before petering out behind an orchard.

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Amazing wildflowers


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Say hello to the locals


The Stinton Cascades were a great little find and if you are into bushwalks, wildflowers and birdlife then this short but rewarding walk maybe for you. Distances are manageable as well, a 800 metre walk down from the road and about 1500 metres of flat track provides an adventure you could take the whole family on.
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Why? To enjoy cascades that not many others have.
When: Best time to go is after the rains
Where: Karragullen
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Did you take all these photos on your walk? The one of the cockatoo looks like a yellow-tailed black cockatoo. A long long way from its home in South Australia!
by ellai (score: 0|3) 2103 days ago
Thank you so much for this article! It's quite funny, I was just looking at this on a map literally 10 minutes ago and happened to stumble upon this article! This is definitely on my list of things to check out in the area! :)
by Korii (score: 1|33) 1146 days ago
Whatever signage may have been there in the past, there was none today (October 2015), so just look out for the white metal barrier gate across a rough track, near the first house.
There is signage elsewhere in the reserve prohibiting dogs, but nothing at this entry point.
Very loose gravel on the steep path - take care!
by zapka (score: 0|2) 1355 days ago
I'd don't know if the area has changed since the article was written but the track was pretty easy to spot. It was the track that was sign posted " stinton cascades". This is the first track after the first house on the right after turning on to gardener road. Went out there for my birthday and it an excellent place, really looking forward to going again int eh winter after some rain. Thank you so much for the article!
by Middl (score: 0|6) 2058 days ago
The Department of Parks and Wildlife should be able to tell you if dogs are allowed. This has general info on dogs in national parks and nature reserves, note many are baited with 1080 so you might want to be carefulhttp://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/pets-parks
by bongobec (score: 0|9) 2102 days ago
I guess you can take dogs in. There is absolutely nobody else there because it's so hard to find.
by Gen Adams (score: 2|135) 2103 days ago
Not sure what sort of cockatoo that was but the pic was definitely taken there. Must've flown over from SA! :)
by Gen Adams (score: 2|135) 2103 days ago
I'm sure my kids would love this! Thanks for sharing. :-)
by Melanie Shaw (score: 1|17) 2103 days ago
Can we take dogs?
by Kelly (score: 0|4) 2103 days ago
Please note- you turn LEFT when you get to the bottom of the valley where the water is....we went all the way up the hill to look for the elusive RIGHT turn which we never found😆
It was worth the walk though and when we finally found the cascades it was lovely!😊
by ashac (score: 0|2) 1 day ago
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