Lesmurdie Falls – Why all kids should get outside and explore!

It has currently been all about school holidays at my place these last couple of weeks. Now, I am not one of those mums who love school holidays and quite frankly, school holidays scare the crap out of me.  Can you imagine what four young boys can do to a house in a few short hours?? How much whinging and fighting and how many times they state, ‘There’s nothing to eeeeat!’  ‘There’s nothing to dooooo’.  And these holidays were even scarier.  Due to a recent move to WA from the east coast and a FIFO lifestyle, there was no husband coming home to save me from them, to untie me if necessary from where the kids managed to tie me to a chair, or to bring me chocolate on the way home so I could have a complete emotional binge eating session.  There were no visits to Grammy and Grunda, or to my sister’s place on the Blue Sky farm.  How was I going to survive?  I just had to suck it up and plan like I had never planned before.  These school holidays were planned with military precision.  We would enjoy them or die trying.  Ok, ok, a little dramatic but you get the picture.  For my holidays to work I had to keep them busy and tire them out so they would be happy to enjoy the quiet days.  Enter Lesmurdie Falls item on Hitlist No.1.

The reason Lesmurdie Falls makes the list is that I drive past the sign everytime I go to the shops and everytime I take my eldest son to footy.  How many times do you drive past signs for your local attractions and always tell yourself that you should turn off and check it out?  Put it on your hitlist, I tell you.  You never quite know what you will see and that is half the fun.

I decided to park at The Palm Terrace end of Lesmurdie Falls in Forrestfield rather than the head of the falls which is further up in Lesmurdie.  I chose this to be our starting position because it has a beautiful little creek for the kids to play in and I wanted the kids to tackle the uphill stage first while they were still enthusiastic and full of energy.  Besides, anything worth having deserves a little hard work.  Lesmurdie Falls trail is pretty well marked so the kids were going to lead the way and follow the markers.  Pre-trail brief always includes the safety talk.  In this case it was a reminder to the boys that they stick together, that they keep their eyes open for snakes and a review of what to do in an emergency especially the, “Don’t panic.  If you are too busy crying or fluffing around you won’t be able to work out what to do!!” speech.  I don’t tell them these things to scare them, but I want them to know that there is an element of risk in all things and I want them to start learning to assess situations and think of solutions if things go wrong.  Once the safety issues had been addressed off we went to see what we could see!

The walk starts by following the creek for a few hundred metres.  The sound of the creek bubbling away, the random bird noises, that damp earthy smell and the excited chatter of the kids as they came upon each new discovery was just lovely.  I could honestly feel the tension melt away.  Our first discovery was a fallen tree across a little creek and of course the boys just had to cross it….and….no one fell in!  Yay for me!!

Crossing the log.  Path is well signed.

Crossing the log. Path is well signed.

My boys loved following the path and looking for all the signs.  There are a few forks in the road and once you get to the stairs the path drops off quite steeply to one side, so it is a good idea to keep the kids close at hand.  The great thing about this track is that around every corner and over every rise we were rewarded with another great view, whether it was looking out over the city of Perth, or our first sight of the waterfall which was thundering over due to all the recent rain.  The sound of the falls could be heard early in the walk which increased the excitement for the boys as they wanted to find the source of that noise.  It makes me smile just thinking of all their exclamations.

Racing to see what was around the corner.

Racing to see what was around the corner.

 

And there she is....Lesmurdie Falls

And there she is….Lesmurdie Falls

At the top of the falls there are several more tracks heading off in varying directions.  The kids and I continued on and found The Cascades and climbed a little further up the hill for a look.  Don’t look at me like that…they did want to…..ok, maybe that last hill was to make sure they slept well that night.  No judging!

Clambering over rocks to view The Cascades

Clambering over rocks to view The Cascades

 

Final hill that I may or may not have made them do so they sleep better tonight.

Final hill that I may or may not have made them do so they sleep better tonight.

To top off a great walk, there was the little creek waiting for us at the bottom.  Of course I had snacks, its like Rule No.1 right out of Parenting Basics 101 – Must…bring…food…always.  So they had food, played in water and built a dam.  What more does a kid need?

Good old fashioned fun

Good old fashioned fun

And the million dollar question??  Did they behave all afternoon and sleep well that night??  Hell yes they did……Thank you Lesmurdie Falls.

 

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12 thoughts on “Lesmurdie Falls – Why all kids should get outside and explore!

  1. You are going to teach me heaps Beth. Visiting you was on my hitlist this school holidays but time got away. Writing it down and putting it on the fridge to remind me could have helped!
    There is a lot of Perth I am yet to explore so will keep an eye on your blog will inspire me to explore more. Love it. Catch up in a few months time. I back at Uni next week! Not a lot of time to spare til next break!
    Xxx
    Bek (Galpin)

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  2. Great post!
    What a gorgeous spot! Why wouldn’t the boys love going there, so much exploring to be done!

    looking forward reading more on your blog

    B x

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  3. I think that boys need to wear themselves out in order to behave. When they have a lot of pent up energy, that is when the kids go crazy. Looks like everyone had fun xx

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