Point Walter Sand Spit - Djoondalup
Updated: Jan 5
We've spent time at beautiful Point Walter on a number of occasions and always find something different to keep us busy.
The first visit was on a magnificent Autumn Day to have a go at Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). The cool water was an added incentive not to fall off! There are a few companies that hire SUP boards here starting at around $25/hour. It is also an easy place to unload if you have your own.
As beginners we were advised to paddle to the right of the jetty but discovered there was quite a bit of wash here from power boats passing by. The left side of the jetty looked calmer and may have been a better choice. You can also hire kayaks or a swan paddle boat here in season.
There is plenty of parking and there were families spread out over the grassy foreshore area while the kids paddled, kayaked or just splashed around. Lots of kids were fishing off the jetty. There are several toilet and change room facilities as well as Walters River Cafe for dine in or to grab a take away hot/cold drink or ice cream.
After the paddle board adventure we wandered along the sand spit Dyoondalup/Dyundalup, a word that means “Place of Long Flowing White Hair. The sand bar extends almost half way across the river and is shallow enough to walk across quite safely. Along the way we saw lots of little fish, a blowfish, a few jellyfish (watch for their shadow as they are clear and hard to see) loads of shells - some of which were inhabited by crabs! There were plenty of Maali (black swans) feeding in the water as well. The water was much warmer here in the shallows and quite pleasant to wade through.
Another time we walked along Blackwall Reach on the Jenna Bidi Yorga Trail - a short 2 km there and back trail or you can extend this and walk 4km there and back to Bicton Baths. This dual use path has some ups and downs so is a little more challenging but you are rewarded with some sensational views from the cliff viewing platforms.
On another occasion we set off in the other direction following the river to Attadale Reserve. As we left Point Walter dolphins accompanied us on our walk up river to the Point Walter Dog Beach where you will find the playful Spirit sculpture. Keep walking a little further along and turn onto the boardwalk which takes you a short distance along the edge of the river with views across to the city. This emerges at Attadale Reserve and if you head toward the road you will pass the entrance to the Attadale Conservation Area so you can walk through this strip of bush on the return. This is a nice flat walk and the kids could ride bikes or scooters. If you have a dog they can stop off for a play at the dog beach. The walk is about 15-20 minutes each way from the Point Walter spit.
Every time we visited we noticed more and more detail in the landscaping and the artworks which include Habibi on the hill and the very moving Stolen Generations Memorial on the foreshore. There are enough things to make up a little scavenger hunt and see how observant your kids are!
How many of these can you find...
a white swan
a black swan
a steam ship
military training camp
high flying acrobats
a fairy tern
the word Happy
If you have time you can head up to the golf course for a round of Goanna Golf too.
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