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Kent St Weir - Canning Regional Park


The Canning River Regional Park offers a number of walking, cycling and kayak/canoe trails following the Canning River up or down stream from the Kent Street Weir. There is a lovely park at Kent Street Weir with picnic and barbecue facilities including toilets, a small older playground and a canoe launching facility.


Recent additions to the park include a River Park Interpretation Node which provides information about the local environment, Whadjuk Noongar heritage and the cultural and historical significance of the Kent Street Weir, the River Park and it's surrounding parklands.




Beyond the Interpretation Node is access to the Castledare Miniature Railway which has over 5km of track winding it's way around Fern Lagoon and back. Public runs occur on the first and third Sunday of each month with extra runs during school holidays.

        


We opted for a delicious breakfast at the Canning River Cafe before heading off to explore the Banksia Loop, having previously walked the Butterflies, Birds and Bridges Trail.

Banksia Hill Loop

The Banksia Hill Loop is a short 1.5km loop. To access the trailhead cross the weir enjoying views up and down river and then pass through stunning paperbark wetlands and samphire flats.



Mid winter we found the Banksia Loop Trail a little underwhelming although it would be a great loop to ride bikes as the trail is a paved path with offshoot pathways to explore if you wish.



After a short section alongside a road the trail loops back to the Ferndale Flats Playground which has parking bays and picnic tables.




On our return to Kent Street Weir we took the time to divert along the various boardwalks.



Greenfield Street Bridge Loop

You can also do a short 1.4 km loop from Kent Street Weir to Greenfields Bridge and return.

This 6 km trail follows the eastern bank of the River up and back to historic Woodloes House and Mason's Landing.   



Lagoon to Living Streams Walk is a 5km trail starting from Riverton Bridge and following the opposite bank of the Canning River upstream through Bicentennial Adenia Park and on to the Bannister Creek https://www.outandaboutfnc.com/post/2019/10/29/lagoon-to-living-streams


Take the bikes as these trails are fabulous for bike rides and there is also a fantastic new Pump Track at Kent Street Weir.



Head beyond the Pump Track to the Wilson Brid Hide for another short and picturesque walk.


The Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) can be found at Kent Street and is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. At CREEC the kids can participate in school holiday activities and there are also community learning programs.

To make the day more exciting download the This is Canning app to discover the City of Canning's natural, cultural and historical highlights.  


There is also a Kent Street Weir Play Trail on the Play Trails app.



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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.


As always when hiking in the bush please help to reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback by sticking to the tracks and paths, staying out of quarantined areas and, if possible, clean your shoes before and after hiking.


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