Tucked away in the foothills, just east of the city (about a 20 minute drive) you’ll find the spectacular Morialta Conservation park at the base of Morialta Falls.
There are kilometres of walking trails for you to choose from depending on your level of fitness and stamina! The basic trail to ‘first falls’ is all flat with no inclined climbing, so it suits families with kids (and yes you can take a pram – I did!). It would probably take half an hour from the start to the falls. As you meander your way along the creek walking over the bridges, there are opportunities paddle through the shallow creek if the kiddies have their gumboots on. Don’t forget to look up in the gums! You might spot a Koala! About half way along is the ‘giants cave’ if you’re up for climbing a whole bunch of steps – but it is pretty cool!
For those more adventurous, you need to walk further and higher to discover Second Falls and Third Falls. Not for the faint hearted! Be sure you pack all the essentials for a long hike! All the info you need to know (eg distance and time to allow for your walks) is on the map at the entrance of the park.
Winter and Spring are the best times to visit when the falls will be flowing. There is limited car parking at the start of the walking trails, but more along the way as you drive in. Open everyday except Christmas, access for vehicles from 8:30 am. Closes at sunset.
Morialta Falls Road, Woodforde
Contact (08) 0336 0901
On Stradbroke Road, just a little way down from the Falls, is the Morialta Recreation area with playground, picnic and barbeque facilities.
You’re not far all at all from Norwood Parade with a hub of funky cafes and restaurants, cinema complex and plenty of shops.