7 Awesome Dog Walks Around Perth
Head out and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air with your four-legged pal. These dog-friendly walks around Perth are tried, tested, and guaranteed to make you and your dog’s day!
Bold Park – Zamia Trail
The perfect place for a quick inner-city walk with your pooch. There’s easy access from the Reabold Hill carpark on Scenic Drive (just off Oceanic Drive) and the trail boasts some stunning ocean and city views. You’ll wind your way through a host of different scenery, and puff your way up a few hilly sections, so bring plenty of water for you and four-legged mate. More info here.
Length: 2.5km or 3km
Offlead: Some areas
This one’s a firm favourite with dog owners – and for good reason. The carpark is about 10 minutes drive from Great Northern Highway. The longer track takes you up hill for some great views, while the shorter walk follows the river bank. There’s picnic tables too, if you’re keen to make a day of it. Just watch out for fast-moving currents if your dog is fond of a dip! More info here.
Whistlepipe Gully Walk
Park at the northern end of Lewis Road and start walking down the right hand side of the creek. The walk, which is in Mundy Regional Park, is reasonably easy, but there’s a few rocky descents to tackle. The trail follows the narrow river over cascades and some little waterfalls. Go in spring to enjoy some stunning wildflowers. More info here.
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail
Where: Bellevue to Wooroloo
Offlead: Some Areas
Don’t let the distance put you off – there’s multiple entry points on this walk, so you can pick a route and length that suits you and your pup. Plus the whole route is easy – with no steps or steep sections. The 41km trail follows the old Eastern Railway. It passes through some towns, covers a range of terrains and has some great views. Check out a map online, or visit the Mundaring Visitor Centre, to plan your walk. The walk is dog friendly – except when is passes through John Forrest National Park – but watch out for speedy cyclists! More info here.
Noble Falls Walk Trail
Start at the Noble Falls Tavern on Toodyay Road and follow the Woorooloo Brook past the falls. The wildflowers are gorgeous in spring and the waterfall is impressive in winter. Plus your pooch can roam free, with no leash required! The trail makes for pretty easy walking through bushland and semi-rural properties – perfect for beginner hikers. More info here.
This is a beautiful off-lead walk for you and your dog. The loop walk runs around the lake and there’s plenty of grassy openings where you can enjoy a break and a game of fetch. There’s a small playground, plus toilets, water fountains and BBQs. If your dog is obsessed with water, this may not be the best pick, as the water in the lake can be dangerous to animals if ingested. More info here.
Star Swamp Bushland
Where: North Beach
Parking at the end of Mary Street gives you good access to the heritage trail. But there’s plenty of routes to choose from if you’re after a longer walk. With dense bushland and wildlife, this hidden gem is the perfect place to escape the daily grind and unwind. In summer, take an early walk as there’s not much shade cover – and keep an eye out for snakes. More info here.
Always take plenty of water and doggy poo bags with you when walking with your pooch. It’s a good idea to bring high-value treats too – to keep your dog away from harmful distractions.
Check the weather forecast before heading out, and, if it’s too cold or warm, limit your walking times, or go another day. Remember, if the pavement is too hot for your hand or bare foot, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
Avoid exercising your pooch in the middle of the day during the height of summer and never leave them unattended in a car – even on a cool day. You could lose your best mate in just six minutes.
If your dog isn’t used to long walks, or is out of shape, start with short 10 or 15 minute strolls and work your way up.
While RSPCA does not support the continued use of 1080 as a pest management method, the Department of Parks and Wildlife may use it in public parks and reserves. 1080 is highly toxic to pets, so please take note of all warning signs where you’re walking. More info here.
Stop walking and seek advice from your vet if your dog show signs of distress, such as: excessive panting, shivering, lethargy, or limping.
Make sure your dog is microchipped (and the details are up to date) and wearing an ID tag before heading out.