Overview

Located in the Darling Ranges on Whadjuk country, about 30 minutes east of Perth city, John Forrest is rich with both Indigenous and European history.

It’s also full of natural wonder, just waiting to be discovered!

There is a great selection of short and long trails available here, which will lead you through some of the Perth Hills’ most spectacular sights.

A profusion of wildflowers bloom here in the winter and spring months, and the park’s two waterfalls, Hovea Falls and National Park Falls, begin to flow (rainfall dependent).

There are sections of the park that remain largely undeveloped, giving visitors a real taste of native Australian woodland and wildlife.

The Swan View Tunnel is a 340m structure in John Forrest National Park, originally built for trains to pass through. Now, visitors can walk through the tunnel and marvel at its size, and the fact that it was built using nothing but picks, shovels and dynamite!

While there are many natural spots to lay a picnic blanket around the park, the established Picnic Area is a great place to relax and refuel. There are barbecues (including a universal barbecue), picnic tables and a nature playground, making it a popular spot for families.

You can bring your bicycle, a picnic or just your backpack to enjoy a day at John Forrest National Park. Pets must be left at home.

Opening Times

Days Times
John Forrest National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year.

Cost of Entry

Description Price
Private vehicle with up to 12 occupants: $15 per vehicle, $8 per vehicle concession
Private vehicle with more than 12 occupants: $7 per occupant 6 years or older, $2.50 per occupant concession
Motorcycle: $8 per motorbike, no concession

Click on the button below to purchase a discounted Park Pass.


All revenue collected from park entry fees and Parks and Wildlife managed businesses is invested in biodiversity conservation, maintenance and improvement of John Forrest National Park facilities and services, and the protection of park values.

Nature Play WA would like to thank the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for providing valuable information about John Forrest National Park.

  • <p>Spectacular views overlooking John Forrest National Park. </p> <p>This photograph was taken overlooking the thick forest of trees in John Forrest National Park. The rocks are light cream, light brown, dark brown and grey in colour. The rocks are surrounded by green shrubs and native plants including grass trees. Thick fog is seen floating through the trees in the distance, and the sky is bright blue. A patch of thick trees on the left, behind a large rock boulder, shines golden yellow in the sun.</p>
  • <p>Trail walkers and runners enjoying one (1) of many trails in John Forrest National Park. </p> <p>This photograph was taken on a walk trail in the park and shows multiple people on the trail. The trail path is wide and even and brown in colour with small loose rocks. The trail is surrounded by green shrubs and plants including wildflowers and tall trees. The sun is shining above and there are patches of fluffy white clouds.</p>
  • <p>John Forrest picnic area</p> <p>This photo was taken at the John Forrest picnic area and shows Jane Brook and the weir. The water is brown in colour and flows over brown and grey rocks. There is a bridge extending across the water, which is a dark brown/red colour. On the left of the photograph, a series of constructed stone walls create artificial tiers in the natural terrain. The middle tiers are bare of plant life, but native plants including green shrubs and trees with thick brown trunks grow on the bottom and top tiers. The photograph has tree leaves hanging down from the top of the image, showing that the photographer is standing underneath trees. There are two people walking across the bridge from left to right. The sky is bright blue.</p>
  • <p>The nature playground at John Forrest National Park.  </p> <p>This photo shows the nature playground. It features long pieces of wood that have been dyed a deep red colour. The wood pieces form balancing beams leading off in the distance. There are tree stumps leaning against a larger stump on the left. These form a structure with a wall on one side. Grey rocks are scattered throughout the playground, which sits on a bed of light brown sand and dark brown wood chips. Green shrubbery and large trees are growing throughout the area, and in the distance. A bridge can be seen behind two big trees which both have light brown and white trunks, with plenty of green foliage. The blue sky is seen above through the trees. </p>
  • <p>Blue Leschenaultia</p> <p>This photo shows the stunning blue flower petals of a Blue Leschenaultia. The flower is blue in colour and has four wide flower petals. The background of the image is out of focus, showing shades of green and brown. </p>
  • <p>Banskia flower</p> <p>This photograph was taken of a banksia flower. The flower is dark and light pink, and has long green leaves. Behind the flower, there are brown tree branches leading to more banksia flowers. The blue sky can be seen though the tree branches and leaves. </p>
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