Scented Garden Jetty to Jetty - South Perth Foreshore
Starting at Mindeerup Piazza at Mends Street Jetty with it's Giant Numbat and Frilled Neck Lizard this walk takes you down to Coode Street Jetty and back exploring the Scented Garden on the way. If you are doing the return loop you can walk through Sir James Mitchell Park exploring the Scented Garden one way and return on the foreshore path. The return loop is about 3 km and will take about 45 minutes.
Parking is available along the South Perth Esplanade near Mends Street or if you start from Coode Street Jetty parking is available there. The best way to experience this though is to catch public transport to the city and then hop on the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to Mends Street Jetty.
Have some fun with the kids at Mindeerup Piazza with the giant numbat and frilled necked lizard, the meerkats and the emu family. The name Mindeerup is a traditional Noongar name meaning ‘place of the shore’. Enjoy Peter Ryan's Splash of Colour artwork on the water authority box. Grab a coffee from the cafe while the kids have a play on the small playground with swings and amazing city views!
As you continue along the foreshore there are three feather artworks. Cross over the grassed area to the RAC Intellibus station. If you want to experience the RAC Intellibus automated vehicle (that means there is no driver!) you can book your free 30 minute ride in advance. The bus will take you along the South Perth foreshore to the Old Mill and return (you can not get off along the way.)
From the Intellibus Station head past the exercise equipment to the large shaded playground. There are toilets and picnic facilities here including BBQs. The wide open spaces make this an ideal spot for a family gathering. Just beyond the playground you will discover the Scented Garden with it's statue of World - Peace- Dreamer. Behind the gardens you will find another paved path which follows the back of Sir James Mitchell Park and allows dogs off lead.
A little further along there is a small wetlands area with a boardwalk (dry in March) through a melaleuca (paperbark) grove. This is a great place for the kids to play in among the trees while you picnic.
We continued our walk further upriver along the foreshore passing several small river beaches where the kids could have a paddle or a play (water conditions permitting). The path immediately alongside the river is for walkers only. If your kids are on bikes or scooters you can use the shared path (red) just a little further inland. Dogs are permitted on lead on either path.
As you approach Coode Street Jetty you can see the funcats lined up on the river beach waiting to be hired out. Coode Street Jetty offers fabulous city views and views downriver along the South Perth foreshore. You can grab a coffee or a snack from The Boatshed Restaurant. Toilets are available and there is a large shaded playground with swings behind the restaurant. There is lots of parking available here if you prefer to make this your starting point.
From Coode St Jetty we wandered around South Perth Lakes before heading back following Mill Point Road to Windsor Park. We admired the beautiful Windsor Hotel before following Mill Point Road back to the car parked at the Old Mill near Millers Pool. If you want to complete a loop walk you can walk from Millers Pool back to the Mends St Jetty. The entire loop is around 8km and took us about 2 hours 15 minutes.