Out and About
Canning River and Kent St Weir
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
The Canning River Regional Park offers a number of walking, cycling and kayak/canoe trails following the Canning River up or down stream from the Kent Street Weir. There is a lovely park at Kent Street Weir with picnic and barbecue facilities including toilets, a small playground and a canoe launching facility.
Construction of a River Park Interpretation Node north of Kent Street Weir will begin in early November 2019 at the Kent Street Weir Park, with new path, seating, artwork and interpretation installations to be built. These facilities will provide the opportunity for visitors to gain valuable information about the local environment, Whadjuk Noongar heritage and the cultural and historical significance of the Kent Street Weir, the River Park and its surrounding parklands.
We opted for a delicious breakfast at the Canning River Cafe before heading off on our walk. We crossed the Kent Street Weir and followed the dual use path along the rivers edge. Even with map in hand the signposting for the walks wasn't particularly clear once we were underway so we walked a combination of trails. The flat paved pathways are dual use so you can cycle or walk the trail.
To make the day more exciting download the This is Canning app to discover the City of Canning's natural, cultural and historical highlights. You can download PDF information and maps on the Canning River walks from:
Butterflies, Birds and Bridges Loop
This 4 km loop follows the Canning River upstream passing through a variety of landscape including sedge meadows, paperbark forest and mature woodlands. The best time of year for this walk is winter and spring when the wetlands are full and there is plenty of bird life around.
This 6 km trail follows the eastern bank of the River up and back to historic Woodloes House and Mason's Landing. The first time we walked in this area we accidentally diverted from the Butterflies, Birds and Bridges Trail and followed the bike path along the western banks of the Canning all the way to Nicholson Road before looping back around and returning on the Woodloes Walk Trail.
Greenfield Street Bridge Loop
You can also do a short 1.4 km loop from Kent Street Weir to Greenfields Bridge and return.
Banksia Hill Loop
There are a number of shorter walks like the 1.5km Banksia Hill Loop. Walking along Ferndale Road you could link this walk to the Lagoon and Living Streams Walk or just explore the Living Streams themselves before heading back to Kent St.
Lagoon to Living Streams Walk - this one deserves a blog all to itself! https://www.outandaboutfnc.com/post/2019/10/29/lagoon-to-living-streams
This 5 km trail starts from the Riverton Bridge not from Kent Street Weir.
The Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) can be found at Kent Street and is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. At CREEC the kids can participate in school holiday activities and there are also community learning programs.
Also nearby is the Castledare Miniature Railway with over 5km of track winding it's way around Fern Lagoon and back. Public runs occur on the first and third Sunday of each month with extra runs during school holidays.
Photo Credit Castledare Miniature Railways.
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In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
As always when hiking in the bush please help to reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback by sticking to the tracks and paths, staying out of quarantined areas and, if possible, clean your shoes before and after hiking.
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