WALK TRAILS - PERTH AND BEYOND

 

Walk Trails - Perth and surrounds IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Perth and Suburban Trails

Claremont Foreshore | Point Walter to Blackwall Reach | Matilda Bay | Two Bridges Walk / Cycle | Claisebrook Cove loop | John George Trail | Thompson Lake | The Spectacles | Wireless Hill | Freshwater Bay | Rocky Bay | Fremantle | Deep Water Point | Canning River Regional Park | Kent Street Weir | Herdsman Lake | Lake Monger | Kings Park guided walks | Whiteman Park Bush Walking Trails | Ascot Waters | Rottnest Island | John Oldham Park | Heirisson Island | Don Shephard Walk Baldivis

 

Claremont Foreshore

 

Distance: 5km one way
Difficulty: Moderate.

 

This trail runs north from Point Resolution Reserve to a car park at Jetty Road.

 

Just opposite Mrs. Herbert's Park (a dog exercise area) is the Claremont Museum. The museum opens 12 noon - 4pm from Monday - Friday

 

Point Walter to Blackwall Reach - Melville

 

Distance: 4.3km loop
Difficulty: Moderate

 

Point Walter is a lovely spot on the south bank of the Swan River and is ideal for swimming, picnics, BBQs and even fishing.

 

The walk trail leads from the start of Burke Drive north west to the main area at Point Walter and then heads south west to Blackwall Reach.

 

There are both riverside and slightly inland sections to the trail.

 

Point Walter

 

Matilda Bay - Nedlands

 

Distance: 4km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

Located along the foreshore of the Swan River in Nedlands (opposite the University of Western Australia), this walk runs from the UWA boat sheds down to Pelican Point (a chance to stop and refresh yourself here at the restaurant) then west to J.H. Abrams Reserve to the boat ramp. Then the tail leads back north along the road past Australia II Drive and along Hackett Drive.

 

There is also the opportunity to detour from the walk and explore the grounds of the university. There are many interesting buildings and small gardens so fully exploring this area could take several hours.

 

Matilda Bay - Crawley

 

Two Bridges Walk / Cycle - Perth

 

Distance: 10km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

This walk/ride takes you in a large loop from the Narrows Bridge to the Causeway and back. There are numerous car parks along the route but the easiest ones to access are on the south Perth foreshore.

 

This walk is a lovely way to experience Perth and the Swan River.

 

There are restaurants and cafes near the Narrows Bridge end of the walk in South Perth and at Barrack Street Jetty on the north side. Currently there is a need to detour around the new development on the north bank but eventually this will become an interesting place to stop and refresh yourself.

 

South Perth

 

Claisebrook Cove loop - East Perth

 

Distance: 2.3km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

There are technically three loops combined into this walk. this first runs north along Trafalgar Road and Victory Terrace then turns right to the river and then south back to the cove. The next loop runs around the edge of the cove and the third runs around Victoria gardens.

 

There are car parks at the north end of Victory Tce., At the eastern end of Royal St. and at the eastern end of Brown St.

 

Claisebrook Cove

 

John George Trail - Viveash

 

Distance: 4km one way
Difficulty: Easy

 

The trail runs between Woodbridge House and Reg Bond Reserve. The walk runs along side the Swan River.

 

Thompsons Lake - Beeliar Wetlands

 

Distance: 6km loop
Difficulty: Moderate
No Dogs

 

Access from Russell Road. The main access point is a small car park 3km west of the Kwinana Freeway.

This lake is part of the Beeliar Wetlands which are a remnant of the once extensive swamps and lakes in this area.

 

In early summer many water birds visit the lake and there are other animal species living here including tiger snakes so be aware when walking.

 

Thompsons Lake

 

The Spectacles - Beeliar Wetlands

 

Distance: 6km loop
Difficulty: Moderate
No Dogs

 

Access from Ankatell and McLaughlan roads.

 

If you follow the tail directly east you will get the a bird hide. If you take either the northern or southern trails that you will cross before reaching the hide you will enter a loop that suns around the paperbark lake.

 

On the opposite side of the lake is a trail leading west. This takes you to a lookout.

 

The Spectacles - Beeliar Wetlands

 

Wireless Hill - Telefunken Dr. Ardross

 

Distance: 1.5km
Difficulty: Easy

 

There are two walks at Wireless Hill Park. The most popular is the wildflower walk during spring where you will find a profusion of wildflowers growing right next to the path.

 

The second walk, Heritage Walk, takes in views of the river and the city.

 

Both walks are easy and are on sealed pathways. They are suitable for wheelchairs and the park contains picnic facilities, BBQs and toilets. There is even a telecommunications museum.

 

Wireless Hill

 

Freshwater Bay - Peppermint Grove

 

Distance: 2.3km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

This walk runs from the car park at Freshwater Bay yacht Club, north along the river to an elevated lookout.

 

Features of the walk are the old tea room jetty, Moreton Bay fig trees, Scotch College boat shed and a cliff section along the river.

 

Rocky Bay - North Fremantle

 

Distance: 5.7km return
Difficulty: Moderate

 

This is another riverside walk along the north bank of the Swan River.

 

The walk starts at the carpark at the end of Hutchinson Ave. It travels west and then south along the river to a small beach at the end of Harvest Road.

 

Fremantle

 

Distance: 6.5km one way
Difficulty: Easy

 

There are many places to see in Fremantle and you could spend all day wandering round looking at the old buildings.

 

This walk starts at the car park at Beach Street jetty. It continues west along Victoria Quay past the E Shed Markets to the Roundhouse and then turns south along the coast to South Beach.

 

There are numerous things to see and do along the way and convenient parks and benches to take a break.

 

At Fisherman's Harbour you can even stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants.

 

Fremantle

 

Deep Water Point - Mt. Pleasant

 

Distance: 8km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

The trail can be followed north or south from the Deep Water Point car park.

 

Heading south takes you across Mt. Henry Bridge, going north crosses Canning Bridge.

 

Canning River Regional Park - Cannington

 

Distance: 4km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

Park at the western end of Leige Street and then follow the path either north or south along the river.

 

Heading south takes you to Woodloes Homestead and Museum.

 

Kent Street Weir - Cannington

 

Distance: 2km return
Difficulty: Easy

 

Park at the end of Kent Street. There is now a cafe here and the park is a pleasant place to have a picnic.

 

Cross the weir and turn right. Follow the trail to a secluded area along the river. This walk is particularly nice in warm weather. The track can get a bit muddy after rains.

 

If you continue straight on instead of turning right, you can walk along the river to the area mentioned in the walk immediately above this one.

 

Kent Street Weir

 

Herdsman Lake - Churchlands

 

Distance: 8.5km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

Park at the car park at the end of Selby Street near the Herdsman Wildlife centre.

 

You can follow the path clockwise or anti-clockwise around the lake.

 

The lake is a haven for bird life but in the warmer months you must also watch out for snakes in this area.

 

Lake Monger - Glendalough

 

Distance: 3.5km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

There are a number of places to park around the lake which is an ideal spot for a picnic or a BBQ.

 

The walk trail follows the shore of the lake and continues round in a loop so it doesn't matter where you start and end your stroll.

 

From the western end of the lake you will get some nice views of Perth City in the background.

 

Lake Monger

 

King's Park

King's Park is probably the most famous and most visited location in all of Perth, in fact probably in all of Western Australia. There are many walks here with spectacular views of Perth City and the Swan River. The best time to visit is in spring when the wildflower displays are at their peak.

Guided walks

Botanic Garden Walks | Kings Park - Past and Present | Wilderness and Wildflowers | Park Bush Walk

 

Botanic Garden Walks

 

Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Walk times: 10.00am and 2.00pm.

 

Kings Park - Past and Present

 

Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Walk times: 10.00am and 2.00pm.

 

Wilderness and Wildflowers

 

Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Walk times: 10.00am and 2.00pm during May - October
Wheelchair accessible

 

Park Bush Walk

 

Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Walk times: Mondays and Fridays during May - October 10.00am and 2.00pm

 

Kings Park

 

Whiteman Park Bush Walking Trails

 

Distance:
Werriliyup Trail 2.5km
Goo Lorto Trail 3km
Wungunga Trail 4.3km

Facilities: Visitor Centre, Picnic areas, Cafes, Shops, Car park, Bird hide

 

Whiteman Park offers a lot more than just bush walks. Check out the website for more information.

 

Rottnest Island heritage trails

Rottnest Island lies 12km off the West Australian coast and ferries frun daily from Perth and Fremantle. Accommodation is available on the island for visitors who want to do more than just a day trip.

Guided walks

Reefs and Sailors Tour | Bickley Ramble Tour | Quokka Walk | Vlaming Lookout and Salt Lakes Walk | Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels Tour

 

Reefs and Sailors Tour

 

Guided walks take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:00am

The free guided walk explores the pilot crew accommodation, boathouse and replica pilot boat and goes to Bathurst Lighthouse.

 

Bickley Ramble Tour

 

Guided walks take place daily at 11:15am

A shuttle bus goes to Kingstown Barracks that was used by the Australian Army for 50 years.

The walk goes up to the six inch gun emplacements and other military buildings dating from 1935.

 

Quokka Walk

 

Guided walks take place daily at 1:00pm and 2.30pm

Discover where the quokkas live and how they survive.

 

Vlaming Lookout and Salt Lakes Walk

 

Guided walks take place on Friday and Sunday at 11:00am

A walk through the settlement past the old colonial buildings includes information on how the early settlers lived on the island.

 

Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels Tour

 

Guided walks take place daily at 11:00am, 12 noon, 1:00pm and 2:00pm

This is a 1 hour tour to the restored World War II 9.2 inch guns and the underground tunnels.

You can go by bicycle or you can walk to Oliver Hill. Another option is to take the train that links up with the guided tours. The train departs from the Settlement train station (fees apply).

For information on all these tours you can go to the Rottnest Visitor Centre.

 

Ascot Waters

 

Distance: 3.5km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

Located at the end of Tidewater Way in Ascot, this walk is situated on an island in the Swan River.

 

Drive on to the island over the bridge and park on the left hand side.

 

There is a bitumised central trail that leads around the central open space and an outer gravel path that allows you to get closer to the water.

 

Strangely there are no toilet or BBQ facilities in what would otherwise be a perfect location for a picnic. There are shelters and seats dotted along the paths but other facilities are lacking.

 

Ascot Waters

 

John Oldham Park - Perth

 

Distance: 1km loop
Difficulty: Easy
Parking fees apply

 

Sandwiched between the Freeway and Mounts bay Road, this attractive little park is all but unknown to many people. Car park access is from Mounts Bay Road.

 

Despite the fact that thousands of people drive right by the park every day, few take the time to stop and have a look at what is there.

 

The park is very attractive and includes a lake, bridges and a waterfall area.

 

Despite being almost in the centre of Perth, the park is a haven for birdlife and you will see many water birds that make their home here.

 

John Oldham Park

 

Heirisson Island - Perth

 

Distance: 1.9km loop
Difficulty: Easy

 

Access from the eastern lane of the Causeway in Perth.

 

The car park is on the opposite side of the road to the most interesting part of the island although there are no signs to tell you about this.

 

Part way along the western side of the island is a fence, the fence is to keep in a population of kangaroos that live here.

 

Enter through the gate and you can continue on to where you will find a statue of the Aboriginal warrior Yagan. There are some seats and shelters in the park.

 

Heirisson Island

 

Don Shepherd Walk Baldivis

 

Distance: .9km return
Difficulty: Easy

 

Located on the corner of Karnup and Baldivis Roads.

 

The car park is on the opposite side of the road to the walk trail. The car park area was once the site of the Karnup school and now there is a picnic area with BBQ, shelters, seats and tables.

 

This is an easy walk through pleasant bushland. There are a variety of wildflowers in spring and plenty of birds for those who are interested in bird-spotting.

 

A gateway on the north side of Karnup road is the access point for the trail. Although there were once interpretive signs along the trail, most have now faded and need replacing.

 

Don Shepherd Walk Baldivis

 

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