10 dog-friendly walking routes in Australia

10 dog-friendly walking routes in Australia

Western Australia is home to some of the best walking trails in the country, and lucky for your furry friend, many of them are dog-friendly.

Surrounded by wildflowers, native fauna and stunning natural attractions, you and your dog will have plenty to do on Western Australia’s many walking, hiking and walking trails, and for urban walkers, there are plenty of dog-friendly trails around Perth.

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10 dog-friendly walking trails in Australia

Just remember, unless you’re in a designated off-leash walking area, always keep your dog leashed and stay away from areas with 1080 baits. These poison traps, designed for foxes and feral cats, can be deadly to pets. Pay attention to signs warning of lures, and find out where veterinarians are nearby to prepare where to go in case of an emergency. To be sure, contact your local authorities, especially if you’re traveling through regional areas, and study the Western Shield Program 1080 decoy location map.

Bring your dog, leash and walking shoes and check out these dog-friendly hiking trails from Port Denison to Pemberton.

1. the Valley Loop Trail, Lesmerdy

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1. Valley Loop Trail, Lesmerdy

One of the most secluded trails in the Lesmurdy area, the Valley Loop Trail takes you to an idyllic vantage point overlooking Lesmurdy Falls. The trail takes you past lush vegetation, patches of wildflowers, and a picturesque picnic area at the base of the falls. This trail is best explored in winter or spring when Lesmurdy Creek and the stunning waterfall are in full flow.

2. Whistlepipe Gully, Calamunda

Whistlepipe Gully is a fairly easy walk through Calamunda’s Mundi Regional Park that follows the flowing waters of the gully of the same name. Starting on Lewis Road in Forrestfield, the winding path through the woods passes through rapids, several rocky obstacles, and an abundance of wildflowers if you take it in late fall or spring.

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2. Whistlepipe Gully, Calamunda

This trail is located in the middle of residential suburbs , so there isn’t much visitor parking. It is important to be respectful of the residents, obey the parking signs, and only park where allowed, otherwise you can be fined by the rangers who regularly patrol the area. Be prepared to park a little farther away from the trailhead if necessary, and if possible, choose a time to visit on a weekday when it’s a little quieter.

3. Bicentennial Trail, Boeup Brook

It passes through bushland preserves along the banks of the Blackwood River and Boype Brook, near the borders of Boype Brook Township. The 6-kilometer route can be started from the old railroad station, where many parking lots and amenities are located.

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3. Bicentennial Trail, Boyup Brook

This well-maintained trail features many wildflowers in the spring, and don’t forget to have a picnic, which is best placed on the banks of the Blackwood River.

4. Erskine Nature Trail, Len Howard Preserve, Mandurah.

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4. Erskine Nature Trail, Len Howard Preserve, Mandurah.

Located in northwest Peel a, the 6 kilometer Erskine Nature Trail teems with native flora and fauna, has boardwalks over wetlands, and passes through the residential resort of Mandurah Quays. The trail stretches along Peel Inlet and offers fantastic birdwatching opportunities year-round.

Start the hike from Mandurah Quays or from Glandart Court, Erskine.

5. Luke Pen Trail, Calgan

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5. Luke Pen Trail, Calgan

The Luke Pen Walk trail runs along the Calgan River and is 16 kilometers from Albany. The return walk is 12 kilometers and offers a great mix of vegetation: you can see everything from marrie trees to farm pastures. Along the way you can enjoy views of vineyards, pastures and bushland. If you take this route in summer, you’ll find some great places to swim where the trail gently descends to river level.

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6. Thungara Trail 5 – Full Loop, Port Denison

Thungara Trail 5 is one of several in the Dongara-Port Denison area. This 9-kilometer trail begins at Fisherman’s Lookout, descends to the marina in Port Denison , then along the river to Dongara.

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6. Tungara Trail 5 – full loop, Port Denison

This is a great trail for history buffs as you pass the 1865 flour mill, now known as Denison House and used by local arts and crafts groups. The trail connects to the Estuary boardwalk, which is a great vantage point to see many birds, including black swans, ibises and pelicans.

7. Hill View Trail, Balingap.

It passes through part of the heritage-listed Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingap. The landscaped park has collections of flora, including rare specimens, from Australia and around the world. Standing out among them is the planted Bottle Tree from Queensland, which can be seen from the Bottle Tree Lookout.

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The Path Hill Trail 7. The Hill View Trail, Balingup

The 1.5-mile trail starts at Old Padbury Road, and because of the moderately steep section of the trail, good walking shoes are recommended.

8. Big Brook Dam Hiking Trail, Pemberton

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8. Big Brook Dam Hiking Trail, Pemberton

Just 5 kilometers from Pemberton, there is an easy 4 kilometer Big Brook Dam Walk Track that follows the bank of the dam. The forest growing on the dam is 60 years old and provides visitors with clean water, wildlife habitat and a scenic backdrop. The trail is accessible via Karri Forest Explorer Drive on Golf Links Road from Pemberton. Dogs are not allowed near the beach.

9. Collie River Walk

This is a well-marked 10-kilometer loop trail that runs along the scenic Collie River. Throughout the trail, you’ll find great picnic areas and information shelters, as well as a swinging suspension bridge with a great view of the river.

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9. Collie River Walk.

Parking is in Soldiers Memorial Park and provides easy access to the trail.

10. Curry Lake Trail, Quinninup

It is 3.3 km long and runs along the perimeter of Lake Curry, looping among the lush forest where wildflowers bloom every spring.

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10. Lake Curry Trail, Quinninup

One side of the lake is full of fallen logs, moss, and towering Curry trees, and the other is a collection of cottages often visited by kangaroos. A visit to the lake at dawn or dusk ensures a magnificent illumination of the water, which seems to blend in with the trees.

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