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“A day get away close to the city.”

John Forrest National Park
Ranked #79 of 562 things to do in Greater Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

This park was the first national park in Western Australia and was declared a reserved for conservation and recreation in 1898. It is 29 Km east of Perth, about an hours drive with getting stuck at all the traffic lights along the way, normally would be about 15 minutes less if we were not so unlucky.

Be prepared to do quite a bit of walking to see the attractions, nothing hard but could be strenuous during hot days. Hint: take water. The weather was perfect when we went but we still needed water and no use going unless there has been quite a bit rain to get the rivers flowing and waterfalls cascading. Late August to October probably the best time to visit. We went on a week day so crowds were no problems, not sure about weekends. I went with my wife but would be good for family and friends.

We arrived right on midday and went to the tavern for a meal and beer. We had a seafood platter which was quite tasty. Parrots and a magpies joined us on the table while eating, so protect your plate and for their health do not feed them. Nice for taking close up photos.

It appears that feed is set out for kangaroos at this time for a mob of kangaroos started hopping in for a feed plus ducks and galahs. Great for close up encounters and photos. Quite a lot of the females had joeys (babies) in their pouches.

There are barbeques set around the grounds if you want to cook your own and wooden huts around the area if you want a table, shade and a bit of seclusion.

Nothing really spectacular but all nice and worth going to see some Australia bush and nature.

Worth visiting are the Waterfalls and the Train Tunnel while enjoying the scenic views along your walk. You can ride off-road bicycles on designated tracks as well. Some of the walks are from 1km to 15 km long, we probably ended up walking about 6km all up.

All I can say I had an enjoyable day at a place which seems miles from nowhere but so close to a city.

8  Thank H0tChilli
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We have been there this morning after having wasted our time going to Walyunga National Park (using the term loosely).
This was definitely worth the drive. Please note that the first entry to the park off Great Eastern Highway is closed. unfortunately they haven't sign posted to go further up the road. Many people were turning around and going back!
It had something for every one. Entry is $11.00. The terrain is very nice and picturesque.
We went there for Photography. There was a stream going through, walk paths and cycle paths.
The Picinic areas were well kept.
Over all we were impressed by the location and level of activities available.

5  Thank zhoom
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Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

Walked/jogged the 15km Eagle View Trail this afternoon. Took about 4 hours including stops at some of the lookouts.
The first hour was the hardest and pretty easy after that. Makes a gym membership seem pretty daft when you have this on your doorstop.
We'll definitely be going again.

5  Thank NickolaiSadly
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

One of the nicest places in Perth to spend the day, well worth the $11.00 entry fee, got a map and information for the day. There are a number of tracks to walk of varying lengths. Found the track to be well maintained, good signage, lots of wildlife. There are places to eat and relax after your walk, we sat and watched a family of kangaroos who hang out by the cafe. I love the smell of the bush, gum trees, amazing that all this is on Perth's doorstep.

2  Thank SuzyG529
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Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

We rode our bikes through the park. The old railway track is a great, adventurous ride, through the old railway tunnel. Beautiful views and plenty of places to sit and eat. We'll return in later Winter when more water is present at the waterfalls. The pub is convenient after exercise. All for $11 entry to the park. Plenty of wildlife.

1  Thank buttons81
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