In my effort to lose weight, get fit, and be healthier, I have been taking part in some hikes recently. I have always enjoyed walking, especially if it’s somewhere with nice scenery, and having a group of friends to go with is even nicer. Makes it feel less like exercise and more like an enjoyable, good-for-the-soul activity. If you can follow it up with a delicious brunch somewhere, all the better 🙂
I recently went on a lovely 5.5km hike with some friends (one of my friends, SR, is VERY good at organising things and puts me to shame because she MAKES THINGS HAPPEN, unlike me who procrastinates and can’t make decisions) around Bells Rapids, located in Brigadoon, about 45 minutes from Perth City. A great spot to view the white water rapids of the Avon River while surrounded by beautiful bushland. Plenty of quiet, shady spots to take a rest, with trails for walking – some of them very steep and rocky – and glorious views. Sitting by the rock pools was lovely and calming, especially after the vigorous hike up the hill. I don’t have the greatest balance at the best of times, so I found it as bit treacherous at times, trying to keep my footing amid all the loose rocks and gravel. Still fun though 🙂
There is plenty of parking and dogs are welcome. Camping is not allowed, but you can certainly have a picnic there or hang out for the day. The weekends are a popular time, but it isn’t crowded with people. Room for everyone! In the Winter months, the rock pools become swirling, white-water rapids, and (crazy) people come from miles around to take part in the annual Avon Descent.
Anyway, I will let my photos illustrate how lovely a spot it was.
I will definitely be back.
Hope you will stop in again here too 🙂