The modern day grapevine (mostly Instagram but also Twitter and Facebook) are abuzz with news that Rocky Pool in Kalamunda National Park is in full flow after recent winter rains. I was only at Rocky Pool a few weeks back but at that point, the winter rains had not arrived and Rocky Pool was more of a Rocky Muddy Puddle. Time to go back and see Rocky Pool in its glory. Speaking of water, I would also like to try out the Helena Pipehead Walk which lies just north of the Rocky Pools. I found out about the Helena Pipehead Walk from one of my favourite websites, Kalamunda.wa.gov.au. I hope to complete all of the walks on the website one day.
The Helena Pipehead Walk makes its way into Beelu National Park and loops around to the southern bank of the Helena River and the Pipehead Dam. The official start of the walking trail is at the end of Helena Valley Road, Gooseberry Hill. However, it is a bit hard to get there via public transport so I opt for the scenic route via Kalamunda National Park (I get to see Rocky Pool this way as well).
It's a Saturday, so the earliest I can leave Perth City bound for Kalamunda is via the 299 bus which leaves the Elizabeth Quay Bus Port at 7:16am. The trip to Kalamunda Bus Port takes around 50mins. I head in an easterly direction along Mead Street, join the northern terminus of the Bibbulmun Track and follow it through Jorgensen Park towards Kalamunda National Park.