Noble Falls Gidgegannup
Updated: Dec 30, 2022
These kid friendly falls are very easy to access as they are just metres from Toodyay Road with the turnoff opposite the Noble Falls Tavern. The down side of the falls being so easy to access is that it can be very crowded especially in Spring so head out early or have a back up plan (Lake Leschanaultia is only 15 minutes away) and FR Berry Reserve is also close by.
This time we visited in July after a wet June so there was plenty of water flowing over the falls. Whether you can cross at the falls depends on how strongly Wooroloo Brook is gushing over the rocks. This time we were not able to cross so we walked slightly upstream to the little footbridge where we could safely cross to the other side. There are a number of small tracks that shoot off from the main track which, if you choose to explore, all generally come back down hill to the stream.
Beyond the main falls follow the track for a 3.6km loop walk which is gentle and mostly flat. The walk should take about an hour. This walk is dog friendly and dogs are permitted off leash. Trail markers are not abundant so print off a copy of the trail map before you go just to reassure you that you are heading the right way.
The trail follows Wooroloo Brook downstream and is very picturesque. If you cross over at the first bridge you can do a shorter loop 1.3 km walk otherwise the trail continues alongside the brook. In places you can choose whether to take the narrow path right next to the brook or to take the firmer wider path a little distance away. Towards the top end of the loop you will pass some properties and maybe have time to chat with the horses as they watch you wander past.
The trail can be a little confusing at the top end. We ended up walking along the roads at Kooringal Vale and Brennan Rise - trail markers were very scarce here and we had to refer to GPS - before coming to the intersection at Old Coach Road and seeing a sign to guide us back on to the trail heading upstream.
Trails WA Map
The return section of the walk follows a clear track and although the brook is not always clearly in view there are other interesting items such as rusted out classic car bodies and if you are walking in late Winter or Spring there are plenty of wildflowers to catch your eye.
On a previous visit in October when the water was flowing more gently we were able to cross to the other side at the falls themselves without getting wet feet. When the water levels are low (or non-existent) the rocks provide a fabulous natural playground for kids to discover, wade in or clamber over.
The car park area has toilets, free barbecues, a small playground and some picnic benches.
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As always when hiking in the bush please help to reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback by sticking to the tracks and paths, staying out of quarantined areas and, if possible, clean your shoes before and after hiking. A spray of 70% methylated spirit and 30% water can be effective.