Lush forest, a babbling brook that turns into a series of rapids, dog friendly and just 30 minutes from the CBD, Whistlepipe Gully ticks a lot of boxes for an enjoyable day out.
Once a private property that has since been bought by the local council, Whistlepipe Gully is a seasonal water course that runs down the face of the Darling Scarp. From a height of 200m, it drops down towards the Swan Coastal Plain, carving its way through the granite slope and eventually drains into the Canning River. Surrounded by Jarrah and Marri Forest (along with a few introduced species further upstream), this is a tranquil place to be that has become quite popular with both locals and visitors as the appetite for nature-based activities increases.
The best (and only) way to experience Whistlepipe Gully is by following the 3.6km walking trail that takes you up one side of the creek and then loops back down the other side. For the first half it is a constant uphill as you climb up the single track but the benefit of this is that you get to finish with a downhill run. A series of rapids and pools can be found along the gully and after a few days of rain in winter and spring, this place comes alive with the sounds of rushing water.
This used to be private property and was the site of the Wallace Greenham House, a concept by a local architect that wanted to build a Japanese style house complete with a water wheel. All that remains today are the foundations but it would have been cool to see back in the 1960s (swipe right to see some photos of the house).
Photos of the Wallace Greenham House by Rhys Brown via @wanowandthen
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