Serpentine Falls

Serpentine Falls is the main attraction for travellers staying with us and is a huge part of the reason we established the Park in the first place!

Serpentine Falls is the main attraction for travellers staying with us and is a huge part of the reason we established the Park in the first place! The Serpentine Falls waterfall is a central feature of the surrounding Serpentine National Park and lies within an incised valley at the base of the Darling Scarp, on the western edge of the Park. The Falls have been attracting visitors for over 100 years, and when you see the stunning landscapes it’s not hard to see why. We can even imagine European settlers enjoying a picnic in the bush back when Perth was first being founded, and not much has changed. The Falls have wonderful amenities for guests to enjoy. Nestled in the Serpentine National Park, Serpentine Falls gives you access to some stunning walking trails as well as a family friendly picnic area with picnic tables, barbeques and toilets.

The Falls are just a 2 km walk from Serpentine Falls Park Home and Tourist Village, or if you would like to drive, there is plenty of parking available at a fee (make sure you take cash!). A picnic lunch is the perfect way to spend a sunny day and July to November is wildflower season so you can visit during these months to experience the stunning native floral display. The Falls are lovely to swim in and are usually quite busy during the warmer months so we suggest getting down there before 10am to pick your spot. The water-polished granite is absolutely stunning and you really get a sense for the grandeur of the Falls while swimming in them which many of our guests do. Summer isn’t the only good time to visit the Falls though, in winter the Falls are flowing far more rapidly, which is a great scene for budding photographers to capture!

You’ll find all types of visitors at Serpentine Falls, from families to young couples and groups of friends; it’s a real crowd pleaser! It also has a special place in WA’s history with the local Aboriginal tribes of the Noongar people relying on the Serpentine National Park and Serpentine River for camping, hunting, and other food sources. The Serpentine Falls is also a great way to access Serpentine National Park, which is a marvel of its own. There is so much to do in Serpentine National Park, it’s not just the enclosed forests, amazing Serpentine River valley, panoramic views over the Swan Costal Plan, stunning rock pools, woodlands and granite outcrops that attract visitors. The Park is also swarming with wildlife with some 70 of 100 bird species known in the area visiting the Park. It is also not unusual to have kangaroos come and check out what’s for lunch when you’re sitting down to a picnic (don’t worry they’re usually pretty tame). You can also go for some incredible bush walks, in particular the Kitty’s Gorge Walk, and spot echidnas, mardo, quenda, brushtail possums, wallabies and maybe even a quokka if you’re super super lucky.

Serpentine Falls really is a must see for WA locals and visitors alike and is so conveniently located next to the Park that it’s impossible not to see whilst visiting us! We have accommodation options for everybody to make your visit that little bit more comfortable and are committed to helping you create an unforgettable getaway for you, your family, friends or loved one!

Serpentine National Park

Serpentine National Park is a marvel of WA’s natural beauty that, thanks to its relative proximity to Perth city, has been attracting generations of guests for over 100 years. The beautiful National Park is a sanctuary for an array of plants and animals and has plenty of amenities including picnic areas for the public to enjoy. The main attraction in Serpentine National Park however is, of course, Serpentine Falls! Serpentine Falls is a stunning waterfall that cascades over a sheer face of granite, truly stunning! The National Park is a guest favourite with many of our guests staying with us just to explore its stunning natural landscapes, wildlife and flora.

Serpentine National Park is located on the edge of the Darling Scarp and stretches up the steep slopes of the Serpentine River valley. Past weathering of the area has resulted in distinct landscapes of lateritic uplands, minor and major valleys and abrupt scarps. The Serpentine River and its side streams flow through and drain much of the Park and the Serpentine River, Gooralong Brook and Carralong Brook usually remain flowing all year round (you can generally find other streams flowing from May to November).

One of the Park’s most distinguishing features is its diverse vegetation structure, ranging from jarrah-marri forest to wandoo woodlands, scarp heath lands and specialised granite outcrop communities. The vegetation complexes at the edge of the Darling Scarp and the Swan Coastal Plain are of particular interest to green thumbs and conservationists as they continue to be under threat from urban development in the areas not protected by conservation laws. The best time to experience the Park’s natural and surrounding landscapes is from July to November with the absolute finest time to visit being September when the hillsides are ignited with the colours of spring! The wildflower display of spring is a stark contrast to the grey-green of the forest during summer and the golden brows of autumn, whereas in winter the rain encourages the smaller streams to transform into a foaming surge below the granite outcrops.

Not only do travellers love the area for its natural beauty, it also played an important part in Aboriginal history. Before European settlement, the Noongar Aborigines of various tribes hunted and camped in the woodlands (located between what we now know as Perth and Pinjarra). The Serpentine River and surrounding hills, and wetlands of the Serpentine National Park provided the communities with fresh water, fish and other food sources such as tortoises, lizards and birds.

There is so much to do in Serpentine National Park, it’s not just the enclosed forests, amazing Serpentine River valley, panoramic views over the Swan Costal Plan, stunning rock pools, woodlands and granite outcrops that attract visitors. The Park is also swarming with wildlife with some 70 of 100 bird species known in the area visiting the Park. It is also not unusual to have kangaroos come and check out what’s for lunch when you’re sitting down to a picnic (don’t worry they’re usually pretty tame). You can also go for some incredible bush walks, in particular the Kitty’s Gorge Walk, and spot echidnas, mardo, quenda, brushtail possums, wallabies and maybe even a quokka if you’re super super lucky.

Serpentine National Park is so easy to get to, only 50 minutes away from Perth and accessible from Falls Road, located just next to Serpentine Falls Park Home and Tourist Village. So go ahead and spend your day exploring the magnificent surrounds and return to relax and unwind in your cabin or on your caravan site. We can’t wait for you to experience this magical part of WA!

Serpentine Dam

The Serpentine Dam is the larger of the two dams located on the Serpentine River. It was built in the late 1950’s, due to rapid industrial growth. During this time Perth urgently needed a water source for the Kwinana area, so Serpentine River became a potential water supply source. This marked the beginning of the Serpentine Scheme. The Dam was completed in 1961, and is one of the biggest dams supplying the Perth metropolitan area today! In addition to being full of history, the Dam is a beautiful scenic spot to explore with lots of natural beauty to experience. You can enjoy a stunning nature walk along the marked trails and stop by the scenic look out points to take in the surrounds and take some amazing pictures to share with family and friends back home. Walk along the main road that goes over the Dam for stunning photographs from either side! Serpentine Dam is located just a hop skip and jump away from the park so you don’t have to travel far to explore the beauty of Serpentine outside the Falls and National Park.

The Dam has plenty of amenities including a large picnic area with an adjoining playground, perfect for a sunny lunch with family and friends. There is also free gas barbecues located in the grassed lower picnic area at Serpentine Dam, downstream of the Dam wall. To get to the most popular picnic location, simply take the first right after you cross the bridge. This will take you down past the toilets and to the lower area overlooking the water flowing out of the Dam. This picturesque spot is perfect for chilling out and taking in the surrounds! We all know there’s nothing better than getting away from the city and chilling out with the ones you love. Visiting Serpentine Dam during your stay at Serpentine Falls Park Home and Tourist Village is just one way to do this! There is also an abundance of wildlife surrounding the Dam so look out for kangaroos while you’re walking around or eating lunch! You can also enjoy some native bird watching with kookaburras, black cockatoos, parrots, magpies and wrens all around the Dam. The birds are usually very friendly and are known to come up close so you can get a good look.

If you don’t feel like a picnic there is also the popular café – Café on the Dam! They provide fresh high quality products and great service to all of their customers. They have a wide variety of items on the menu such as all day breakfast, delicious scones, cakes, slices and hearty lunch options. You can even head down there to enjoy a wine or an ice-cold beer. The family who own the café take pride in being able to serve their food in such an amazing setting. They have a children’s play area to keep the kids happy and some breathtaking views that everyone will enjoy. Native birds also often visit the Café and can be fed from the veranda. The friendly staff at Café on the Dam would love to see you, so head down to Serpentine Dam and visit them while you stay with us!

Here are some fun facts about Serpentine Dam to share while you’re there!
Type: Rolled Fill Earth Dam
Capacity: 194,500,000 cubic meters
Date commenced: November 1957
Date completed: October 1961
Length at top of bank: 424m
Width at top of bank: 11m
Height: 52m (stream bed to top of bank)
Top water level: 216.98m A.H.D
Area of water basin: 1280Ha
Area of catchment: 664 km

Millbrook Winery

Millbrook Winery is one of our favourite attractions in the Serpentine area and really is a little slice of heaven nestled in the historic town of Jarrahdale. Peter and Lee Fogarty purchased the boutique winery in 1996. It was their first entry into the wine business and was a true labour of love, with them and their family planting the first vines in the vineyard together. The winery is located at the picturesque Chestnut Farm, a property that backs on to the Serpentine River and is settled among jarrah forests, encompassing stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The original Chestnut Farm dates back to the 19th century, the original owner Joseph Batt planted the orchard in 1865 and provided local timber-millers working in Jarrahdale with fruit. Fast-forward to the present day and the state-of-the-art winery, which was completed in 2001, is now the focal point of this stunning property. The spectacular local stone and timbers used to reflect the natural beauty of the area became home to a modern winemaking facility, barrel halls, a tasting room and a restaurant which all showcase the amazing products of the region.

There are 4 main wine ranges at Millbrook Winery for you to enjoy including the limited release range, which consists of the very best wines produced at Millbrook. They are critically acclaimed and only ever made in the best years. Because of this the range is ever changing based on the varieties that excel in particular vintages. The Estate range is 100% made from estate fruit grown on the stunning property. They embody the best that the Perth Hills wine region has to offer and include Viognier, Shiraz, and Cabernet. The Regional range actively sources fruit from very select vineyards across Western Australia. The fruit selected is the absolute best for the particular variety, allowing Millbrook to produce some amazing wines in this range. These Wines are meant to be consumed no later than 5 years after release and are fantastic value for money! Lastly, the Barking Owl range (named after the owls that can be found in the jarrah forest surrounding the winery or perched on the vineyard rows) are easy drinking, modern wines designed to match a broad range of cuisines. The range consists of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.

The Millbrook restaurant really is a very special place to eat. Not only does it feature multi-award winning chefs cooking up some incredible modern Australian eats, it also features sweeping views of the surrounding jarrah forest, the perfect setting to indulge. The menu is frequently changing, and features ingredients sourced locally and sustainably. Millbrook’s commitment to sustainability is steadfast and something that has inspired many of the incredible meals coming out of the kitchen. The dishes incorporate over 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables grown in the Millbrook garden and picked daily, as well as various fruits, free range eggs, olives and honey sourced from the estate. Millbrook restaurant has been named as one of Australia’s top 500 restaurants by the Australian Financial Review, and was named in the top 10 restaurants in WA by both Qantas Travel Insider, and Gourmet Traveller magazines!

So why not pop down to Millbrook for a surely unforgettable food and wine experience! Even better, we offer Romantic Escape Packages with Millbrook Winery which include 2 nights accommodation and a delicious 3 course lunch at the Winery – we consider this the perfect escape. Please visit our specials page or call our friendly team for more information.

Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery

The Village is situated at the foothills of the Darling Ranges and is only 50 minutes from the centre of Perth.

Visitors are welcome to visit the Monastery and take part in a variety of activities including the Daily Offering of the Meal, the Rice Offering or ‘piṇḍapāta’, as well as taking a walk around the Monastery and the monks’ huts to get a feel for their simple way of life.

Serpentine Golf Club

Serpentine Golf Course is a local establishment catering to both members and the general public.

Serpentine Golf Course is a local establishment catering to both members and the general public. Members of the public are welcome to come and play a few rounds whenever competitions and major events are not being held. To find out whether the course is available please contact them directly and the friendly local team at Serpentine Golf Course will be happy to help!

Cohunu Koala Park

The Village is situated at the foothills of the Darling Ranges and is only 50 minutes from the centre of Perth.

There is heaps to do at Cohunu Koala Park such as hand feeding kangaroos, wallabies, and other wildlife, cuddling a koala for a souvenir photo, exploring the local products available at the souvenir shop and making friends with the animal kingdom. From emus, to owls, dingos and deers, they can all be found at the park. Remember to bring your camera!

WASP Paintball

The Village is situated at the foothills of the Darling Ranges and is only 50 minutes from the centre of Perth.

With a number of themed epic fields, WASP Paintball is a great option for those wanting a little bit of competitive fun on their getaway.

Borrello Cheese

Serpentine Falls Park Home and Tourist Village offers a range of accommodation options including standard.

Borrello Cheese is just a short drive from the Park and is open to the public during the week and on Saturdays. This wonderful local family operated business makes some of the best cheeses.