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!
We stayed at Serpentine Falls over the WA Day long weekend 2017 and were hugely impressed with the Village and its facilities. We have stayed at numerous (50+) caravan parks in WA over the past 10 years and Serpentine Falls is easily the most appealing and attractive park that we have stayed in. If you like hiking, Serpentine Falls is also a great base for hiking through Serpentine National Park. Put this park on your “to do” list, it’s a diamond.
We booked in for 4 nights with our caravan and ended up staying an extra 2 nights. Great park, good size sites nice grassed area. Amenities very clean and nice camp kitchen although had to pay to operate hotplates and bar-b-ques (most places these are free). Lovely helpful staff and a good place to base ourselves to see Freemantle and Perth and surrounding area. The falls are beautiful very worth a visit.
Stayed on a powered site for 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves . We found the park to be immaculately maintained and the staff to be very friendly . The facilities were also very clean and well maintained. We would not hesitate to return or recommend it to others.