There is nothing more refreshing than cooling off on a hot day in a natural watering hole. Perth has wonderful beaches but if you are looking for somewhere different to take a dip then here are a few of my top spots located close to Perth.
Walyunga National Park
Walyunga National Park is located in the Avon Valley, 35kms north east from Perth along the Great Northern Highway (entrance fees apply). The river runs through the national park and there are plenty of picnic/BBQ spots and walking trails to explore. There is easy access to launch your canoe/kayak into the water. Walyunga Pool is a pleasant place to relax in the shade of the trees and you can cool off by having a swim.
Serpentine National Park is located 55 km South East of Perth (entrance fees apply). The waterfall cascades over a sheer granite rock face and you are able to swim at the bottom of the falls. There is a grassy picnic area, tables, bbq’s and plenty of walks where you can explore the bush. Please do not jump from the top of the falls into the water as people have died doing this.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
Located in the Perth hills Lake Leschenaultia is a recreational lake with plenty of activities for the whole family including canoe hire. It is a great place for a day trip plus there is a camp ground if you want to extend your stay. The white sandy beach makes it easy for the little ones to splash around and the older kids love jumping off the pontoon.
Have you been to any of these spots? Do you have a favourite swimming hole close to Perth?
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