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Freshwater Park Ascot Waters

Updated: Apr 7

Ascot Waters is a lovely residential development nestled on the banks of the Swan opposite Ascot Racecourse. We had come here to walk the Kuljak Island Trail but had to explore further when we saw how lovely this area is.

Entrance to Ascot Waters is off Garrett Road at either Waterway Crescent to the north or Resolution Drive to the south. Both intersections are marked by a large white racing horse so you can't miss them!

Where you start and finish your walk will depend on where you park. It doesn't really matter which way you go as long as you don't miss the main sights - Marina, Brickworks, Pitman Park and especially Freshwater Lake and the boardwalk. Parking is available on Kuljak Island or you can park on the street but this may be limited as the streets are residential.

Take Samphire Street off Waterway Crescent and you will see the Kuljak Island boardwalk. Stay on this side and continue along the water's edge through the park and you will come to another boardwalk before coming to beautiful Freshwater Lake. Wander through and admire the lovely gardens, waterfalls and artwork. You might spot Eric here as Freshwater Lake is on the Swan River Ramble Trail!

Continue to follow the path through the park and cross Tidewater Way before the bridge to Kuljak Island. Take the stairs or ramp down and walk around the buildings on the water as you will loop around the marina. Keep following the edge of the marina and you will come out at Marina Drive where there is a large park.

Turn left and walk towards Resolution Drive where you can see the old Ascot Brick Works with their massive towers and kilns. The Ascot Brick Works, constructed between 1929 and 1950, was used by Bristile until 1982 and is now heritage listed. (For better close up views walk along Garrett Road)

Opposite Ascot Racecourse is the grand Lee-Steere building which is home to Perth Racing. Follow Northerly Ave and Sedgeland Way until you come out at the top of Pitman Park. Walk through this pretty little park which has a small playground and you will come out at Freshwater Lake again. If you want you can head back to Tidewater Way and cross over to Kuljuk Island, turn right and walk part of the Kuljuk Island Trail back to the Samphire Street Boardwalk.

It took us about 40 minutes to wander around Ascot Waters.


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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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