Syd's Rapids and Aboriginal Heritage Trail
Starting from the Walyunga Pool Carpark off Walyunga Road, Walyunga National Park, this walk leads to Syd's Rapids and back via the Syd's Rapids and Aboriginal Heritage Trail. Walyunga National Park sits on the very rim of the Darling Scarp, and protects nearly 1,800 hectares of virgin bushland and its resident native animals. Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River which passes through the tree lined valley. The Swan-Avon River runs through the centre of the park, forming a string of placid pools along the valley floor in summer, and a raging torrent with long series of rapids in winter. The area is a popular location for whitewater rafting and canoeing, and the Avon Descent runs through here over the first weekend of August, with Syd's Rapids being a good spot for spectators. The park is also known for sensational wildflowers in winter and spring. Visit Walyunga National Park after some rain for the most incredible rapids display to complement the rugged valley scenery. The walk to Syd's Rapids is a gentle, mostly flat hike along the river's edge, suitable for first timers and families. The trail reveals the aboriginal myths, stories and traditional uses of the river, landscape and local fauna and flora in this beautiful location. There is ample parking at the main picnic sites, and facilities include toilets, gas barbecues and picnic tables. With a combination of beautiful views, national park scenery, an abundance of flora and fauna, cultural history, and a chance for some wildlife spotting, this is a great adventure for the curious hiker. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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