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Bardon Park Maylands - Malgamongup

Updated: Apr 7

Bardon Park in Maylands is a large, open, riverside park with great views of Perth City and Optus Stadium. Being situated on a hillside slope it has an upper and a lower section with grassy hills perfect for rolling down!

The upper area, closest to the car park, has a fantastic playground with nature play features including a climbing frame uniquely shaped as an arch, balancing beams, a bird's nest swing, a fort, flying fox, musical play and water play. You can easily recognise photos of this park from it's signature snails and it also has tortoises for the kids to play on.

The playground also features a rock garden featuring the six Noongar seasons.

The lower area offers a smaller traditional playground, a toilet block, picnic tables and BBQs. This flat grassy area is great for ball games and leads to the water's edge making it popular for fishing. The riverside shared use path winds past the small lake area with it's connecting bridges (great for a game of three Billy Goat's Gruff.)

From the park we wandered east along the shared use path for a little while. The flat, paved path is ideal for kids on bikes and scooters or for wheelchairs and prams. Do be aware of cyclists as it is a shared use path.

After a few minutes you arrive at Maylands Yacht Club, alongside Maylands Jetty, where you can walk on the shell studded river beach. If the water is safe you could have a splash and a paddle .

If you continue for another few minutes along this section of the Tony di Scerni Pathway you will arrive at Berringa Park which featured in our Maylands Peninsula walk. The walk from Bardon Park to Berringa Park is around 1 km each way and will take around 30 minutes return at an easy pace.

Nearby walks:

  1. Maylands Peninsula. A trail exploring the Maylands Brickworks before skirting the Maylands Lakes and following the river around the Peninsula to Peninsula Farm.

  2. Lakes Brearley, Bungana and Brickworks - a 4km walk around the lakes on the Maylands Peninsula including the Maylands Brick Works.

  3. Swan River Ramble - the Swan River Ramble officially follows both north and south banks of the Swan River but this blog focuses on the southern banks between Burswood and Ascot Waters.

  4. Kuljak Island - Across the Swan River is Black Swan or Kuljak Island which has no traffic so is a great place for a walk or a bike ride.

  5. Baigup Wetlands and Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary - wander up river from Bardon Park to discover wonderful wetlands.

  6. Claisebrook Cove - down river from Bardon Park you can walk along the Tony di Scerni pathway to Banks Reserve or on to Claisebrook Cove which has a wonderful Art Trail to discover.

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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.

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