This would have to be one of the best family day trips we have done, I know big call, but it was just such a nice day with lots to see and explore for the boys. Its another reason to get outside and explore all your National Parks as you never know what gems you may come across.
John Forrest National Park is located in the Mundaring Shire and can be accessed via Park Road off the Great Eastern Highway, or from the Western entrance in Swan View (cnr of Pechey and Morrison Roads). We chose to park at the Western entrance as we wanted to ride our bikes and the old railway tunnel was located close to this point. I thought we would need something early in the piece to grab the boys attention or we would lose them to their whinging about sore legs or that they were too hot. If you are going via the Park Road entrance there is a negligible National Park entry fee.
Here are a few pictures from our wonderful day exploring a small part of John Forrest National Park.
After unloading all the bikes, helmets, and backpacks we were ready to go. We didn’t really know what to expect but that is half the fun of exploring.
After only 800m (we actually missed the first entrance as it was only a little trail off to the right of the main path) we came across the ‘Troll Tunnel’. You have to make it exciting and a little scary for boys. In we go…..dah da daaaaa (thats supposed to be scary music).
We made it out alive, one little torch between us. Let’s be honest, it was a little daunting. It was cold, wet, and very dark in the middle of the tunnel and you just had to trust that there was nothing nasty waiting for you!!
The tunnel itself is only 340m long and you can always see the light at the end of the tunnel. So while a little daunting, it was achieveable and a little thrilling. You can always ride around it if you are not up for it as the road loops around.
Next stop was National Park Falls which was only another kilometre along the trail. Spring is a great time to visit as there is plenty of water on the falls and the wildflowers are blooming. Plenty of rock hopping for the boys too.
At this point the boys were starting to wonder what was for lunch. Lucky it was only another 800m or so to the John Forrest Wildflower Tavern. It was great, the boys were able to feed the kangaroos that were lolling around and we saw three joeys in their pouches. The birds were really friendly too. We had a great pub lunch, with really reasonable prices.
Next stop was Hovea Falls, again, this was not far along the trail. I bet you are wondering what path I took across to this point?? OK, yes I did get my feet wet, doh!
On the return journey we let the boys have a bit of a splash in the rapids rambling past the Tavern grounds. The water was still a little chilly and we found a few little leaches on one of the boys after they got out….eeewww. Hate those suckers.
Our little man learnt quite quickly to stand when Dad stands, sit when Dad sits, and laugh when Dad says pedal!
Time to go home….what a wonderful day.