Hiking

Western Australia is home to some amazing hiking trails that are suitable for the whole family, many of which are located within easy reach of city areas. So what are you waiting for? Grab your pack and head out!

Child exploring the bush


Easy Day Hikes for Kids

Half a day is all you need for a fun outing in the bush... but where to go? 

Of course, West Austalians are very lucky to have the amazing, scenic Bibbulmun Track right on our doorstop.  This is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails and offers heaps of fantastic family-friendly hiking options over its 1000km length.  Check out the tips and trail suggestions from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation here.

But the Bibbulmun Track is only one of many family friendly trails in the State.  Nature Play WA is in the initial stages of creating a database of easy bush walks suitable for children of all ages - particularly those less than five kilometers long that traverse easy, but interesting terrain.  Though the list is small at the moment, we would love if you would share your suggestions for interesting kid-oriented trails in WAby filling out this form to submit a trail listing.


In deciding on the suitability of a hiking trail, you may want to refer to the Australian Walking Track Grading System. This can be summarised as:

Grade 1: suitable for the disabled with assistance
Grade 2: suitable for families with young children
Grade 3: recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Grade 4: recommended for experienced bushwalkers
Grade 5: recommended for very experienced bushwalkers


Perth Metro

Syd's Rapids Trail

Bush Walk: Grade 1

Learn about myths and legends on the easy 1.2km Aboriginal Heritage Trail as it meanders along the river bank between Walyunga and Boongarup Pools.  The 5.2 km Syd’s Rapids Trail leaves from Boongarup Pool and is a flat easy walk to the rapids.

Mid West

Irwin River Estuary Loop

Bush Walk: Grade 2

This 4.6km loop trail in Dongara offers spectacular lookouts over the ocean and estuary and is a great opportunity to see a wide array of bird life.

South West

Understory, Art in Nature

Bush Walk: Grade 1

Children and adults alike will enjoy this unique 1.2km loop trail in Northcliff, which features a collection of artworks in a natural bush setting designed to get visitors to look at their surroundings in a new way.

Hiking Albany

For more Western Australian trail sugggestions, check these websites:

Family-friendly hiking clubs & associations

 
 
 

 

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