Claughton Reserve Fairy Trail - Swan River Ramble
Updated: Aug 20
Claughton Reserve in Bayswater has a new fairy trail and a new nature playground making this a delightful place to bring the kids. The fairy trail meanders through the reserve with lots of wonderful little discoveries to be made along the way.
The nature playground is small but has some interesting features including a basket swing with a wheelchair accessible soft fall rubber pathway, 2 other swings, a tightrope walk, climbing fort, horizontal spider net and turtle shaped steppers all located under natural shade.
Claughton Reserve has the most unique toilet block I have ever seen! The Nearest of the Faraway Places was once a humble toilet block until Duncan Moon transformed into a beautiful piece of art also known as the turtle toilet, as it's roof is based on a turtle shell.
Can you spot the egrets and kangaroo paws in the design?
There is no way you can mistake which is the ladies and which is the gents toilet!
Claughton Reserve has barbecues and picnic benches. It can be accessed from Katanning Road which leads to the Bayswater Boat Launching Ramp so parking is mostly for cars and boat trailers however there is room to park along the verge on the river side. There were several cars pulled up here and people were fishing from the small grassy areas along the river banks.
We were here to complete our Swan River Ramble by filling in the section from Sandy Beach Reserve, which is the end point of the Ramble, through to Riverside Gardens. The Ramble follows the streets west of Ashfield Flats to Claughton Reserve - a 20 minute walk. From there the trail takes you underneath the Tonkin Highway Bridge before looping around to Riverside Gardens.
This is a low lying area prone to flooding and the melaleuca wetland off the car park was underwater as was a short section of the path. On the western side of the car park the path re-emerged passing a spooky melaleuca wetland forest surrounded by very still water covered in algae, providing a mirror image of the trees.
We didn't complete the walk from here to Riverside Gardens as the riverside section, along Morey Crescent, was closed for construction works and it was quite a long detour to get around it.
The Swan River Ramble from Sandy Beach Reserve to Garvey Park covers both sides of the Swan River and features in the following blogs: (click on text for link)
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