Hovea Falls

30 min to 45 min

10 min to 30 min

1.9 km

↑ 43 m
↓ -43 m

Easy track
Starting from the Ranger's Office just off Park Road, Hovea, this walk leads to Hovea Falls and back via the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail. Nestled up in Perth Hills are the small but charming Hovea Falls, flowing over smooth mossy rocks on the Jane Brook. The journey to the falls is a short stroll along the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail as it passes through John Forrest National Park, following the route of the old Eastern Railway. There's plenty of wildlife to observe along the way including many native birds, kangaroos and bandicoots, while the wildflowers colour the landscape in the springtime. Hovea Falls is a very slow, undulating waterfall, and the best time of the year to see it in full flow is in winter, after heavy rains. In the summer months the falls can be very dry, providing the opportunity to use the rocks as stepping stones to explore the falls and discover little pools where the water has collected. On a hot day you may want to cool off in the fresh river water. The trail is a mostly flat and well signposted gravel track, suitable for walking, cycling and even horse riding. The park has excellent recreational facilities including barbecues, picnic areas, and the John Forrest Wildflower Tavern, where you can enjoy a pint of beer, the house wine or a soft drink after finishing your hike. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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