Lagoon to Living Streams
Updated: Feb 2, 2020
This 4.8km trail starts from the Riverton Bridge Park and takes 45 minutes each way or 90 minutes return. The dog-friendly Lo Quay Cafe is located at Riverton Bridge alongside Fern Park Playground, a small but interesting shaded playground with nature play elements. Bring a change of clothes as the playground includes a water play feature. here is plenty of parking and public toilets are also available.
The walk starts at the end of the Riverton Bridge on Riverton Drive East in Wilson and proceeds over a short boardwalk. In places you can see all the way east to the Hills.
The walk mostly follows Adenia Road and traverses Bicentennial Adenia Park. The park is an extensive green space with plenty of lawn for picnics and ball games. Occasional clusters of trees provide areas of interest and give kids an opportunity to play cubbys or climb trees.
You can make a detour and walk the short Australian Sikh Heritage Trail which has lots of interesting information detailing the history of Sikhs in Australia. There is also a small playground located here.
The trail actually ends at the end of Adenia Road so if you want to explore the Living Streams take the path on your right before crossing the bridge at the end of Adenia Road. There is a small car park here if you want to just take this section of the trail. The side trip to explore the Living Streams is about 1 km round trip and will take about 30 minutes.
This was by far the prettiest part of the walk as you follow Bannister Creek upstream. We were intending to walk on to Kent St Weir and then return on the opposite bank of the Canning but luckily we asked some locals walking their dog for advice on getting to Kent Street Weir and they mentioned the Living Streams. Had they not mentioned it we wouldn't have known it was there as it is not signposted as a walk trail.
Apparently, as the locals explained to us, this area was badly degraded and a group of women have spent 20 years clearing, revegetating and revitalising the drains into living streams. The paved path winds along next to the stream for about a kilometer with a boardwalk near the start, a couple of road crossings and a small weir at the top.
I would definitely return to the Living Streams part of this walk but would hesitate to do the longer Lagoon to Living Streams walk along Adenia Park. This might be a better option to cycle or maybe hop in a canoe and view it from the river. Having said that Bicentennial Adenia Park is a lovely park for family get togethers and picnics.
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