McCallum Park is a large open space alongside the Swan River in Victoria Park which is often used as a venue for large scale events. We decided to walk along the river on this section to complete the river foreshore walk from Millers Pool in South Perth to the Causeway Bridge, sections of which we had walked a few years ago.
From the Causeway it is a 2km, 30 minute, walk along the foreshore to Lake Hurlingham where we had turned around on our South Perth Lakes walk. While there are lovely city views there is not a lot to see along this stretch so perhaps a bike ride would be a better option. What I do like about this section is that there is a separate footpath for walkers and a cycle path for cyclists so you don't have to worry about cyclists coming up behind you.
We parked at Taylor Street but you can also park along Garland Street, at Ellam Street Car Park or Hurlingham Car Park. Toilets are available at Hurlingham, Taylor Reserve and Garland Street.
From the car park we meandered under the avenue of trees and across the grass of McCallum Park, passing two small playgrounds, basketball courts and Victoria Park Skate Park before heading to the Albany Highway Tram Stop Sculpture near the Causeway Bridge.
We read up on the history of the Causeway, peeked under the bridge where the path heads towards Burswood Park, then turned to head west, enjoying the city views. There are some fitness stations along the way, benches to sit and enjoy the view and a small playground. After Taylor Street you pass the Taylor Reserve Disc Golf Park if you fancy a game.
The path curves around the Department of Water and Environment compound - a side path will take you towards the river but you can not access the river front adjacent to the compound and have to walk around passing a grove of magnificent shady Moreton Bay Fig trees.
At Ellam Street there is information about Manning Dairy which was established here in 1877. The path runs adjacent to the river but we chose to walk along the river retaining wall where we could see jellyfish bobbing in the shallow waters.
Passing a stand of palm trees we could see Hurlingham Playground a short distance away. This playground has been expanded recently and now provides an inclusive and welcoming playspace for children of all abilities to play and interact together. There is a ramp providing access for children with mobility needs, an accessible liberty swing and a range of opportunities for cognitive, physical and social development. The new play equipment integrates well with the old playground retaining the sandpit under existing shade sails. There are barbecue facilities here.
We wandered across the road for a quick look at Lake Hurlingham which we had visited on our South Perth Lakes walk, before turning around and heading back to McCallum Park enjoying both city views and views to the Crown complex up river.
The other sections of the river foreshore from Millers Pool to the South Perth Lakes are probably more scenic than this section but the advantage was that it was relatively quiet along this stretch. If you are doing the Bridges Walk around the Swan River you will cover this section along the way. We had done the Bridges Walk a few years ago, before I started blogging. It's probably time to do it again when the weather cools down.
To read more blogs go to:
For South Perth Foreshore Walk blogs:
South Perth Lakes:
Scented Garden Jetty to Jetty
Millers Pool to Mindeerup Piazza
Windsor Park and Old Mill Road
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