Kalamunda’s Rocky Pool in the Piesse Valley (confusingly there are quite a few similar places called “Rocky Pool” in the Perth Hills!) is a beautiful secluded swimming spot along the Piesse Brook surrounded by ledges and boulders of ancient granite. It’s fed by a small but often forceful waterfall where the water is channeled through a narrow gap between rocks. The pool in the brook is broader and more still, with depth and water levels varying throughout the year.
One of the nicest things about Rocky Pool is that you can only get there by walking. If it were more easily accessible there’s no doubt it would be crowded and have ugly signs and board walks everywhere. Luckily the area is almost untouched by development, apart from what looks like what might be a low dam wall built of sticks and stones across the far side of the pool, from where water cascades down to the lower brook.
There are plenty of rocks and grassy slopes to sit on surrounding the pool and along the rapids that feed into it. It’s a lovely place for a picnic or to sit in the sun for a while.
Location and How to Get to Rocky Pool From Kalamunda
To get to Rocky Pool you will need to go on a bit of a bush walk. There are several options for walks you can take, the easiest being option 1 (via Schipp Road) below. In peak wild flower season in September I recommend taking the Bibbulmun Track option of walking from the edge of Jorgensen Park down the steep hill to see the magnificent colourful wild flowers growing higher up on the hillslope.
1. Schipp Road Trail along the Piesse Brook
Park at Schipp Road and follow the Rocky Pool Trail along the Piesse Brook. This is an easy walk along a gravel pathway with only gentle slopes. The scenery along the brook through wandoo woodland and some marri/jarrah forest is very pretty, especially in winter when there are lots of early wild flowers in bloom along the track.
2. Bibbulmun Track down the valley slope
From either the end of Spring Road or Jorgensen Park at the edge of Kalamunda, walk the Bibbulmun Track down the steep but incredibly scenic Piesse Brook Valley slope. At the bottom of the valley you cross over Piesse Brook then turn left onto the Schipp Road trail, and Rocky Pool is just 150m further up the track. It’s around 3.5km from the Bibbulmun Track trailhead to Rocky Pool, or less than half that if picking up the track from the end of Spring Road.
3. Helena Pipehead Walk Trail
A third alternative is to hike in from the north along the Helena Pipehead Walk Trail (parallel trails that link up to form a couple of circuit walks), which begins at the end of Helena Valley Road.
Last Updated: 7th November, 2015.
First posted on 6th November, 2015 by Bonny.
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