Swan River Bridges Loop

2 h to 3 h

1 h to 1 h 45 min

9.5 km
circuit

↑ 49 m
↓ -49 m

Easy track
This circuit walk takes you around the Swan River from the car park at the end of Ellam Street, Victoria Park. There are plenty of benches, picnic spots and grassy areas along the way to take a break and enjoy the serenity. Keep a lookout for black swans and the occasional dolphin in the Swan River, and make a stop at Heirisson Island to see Perth's inner-city kangaroo residents. The path is flat and very well maintained the whole way with picnic areas and playgrounds. The paved trail surface is wheelchair and stroller friendly, although wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users may need assistance in the moderately steep sections near the bridges. The loop walk can start and end at many different locations due to its proximity to public transport and parking. All that walking will work up an appetite, and there are multiple cafes and restaurants located around the loop, offering incredible views over breakfast, lunch or dinner. 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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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.9717182,115.8796502)
Mode Bus Car Train
DirectionsFrom Canning Highway, 1, 6
  • Turn on to then drive for 100 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 80 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Ellam Street and drive for another 295 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the carpark at the end of Ellam Street, Victoria Park, head along the sealed walking path opposite the carpark entrance, passing a white 'All Pedestrians' sign. Head past the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, keeping the Swan River to your left and the cycling path to your right, and continue the Swan River Bridges Loop(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 115 m pass the water tap (20 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 330 m pass the BBQ (65 m on your right).
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 20 m head up the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 4 m turn left.
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 230 m long)
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 140 m continue straight.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 120 m long)
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 50 m pass the "8 On The Point Restaurant" (130 m on your left).
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 235 m continue straight.
After another 155 m turn left.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 910 m continue straight.
After another 510 m pass the "Supreme Court Gardens" (70 m on your right).
After another 340 m pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 80 m turn left.
After another 45 m pass the "Drinking water" (30 m on your right).
After another 90 m pass the "Riverside Cafe" (25 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the "London Cafe" (25 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Valdura Place.
After another 85 m pass the "Annalakshmi on the Swan" (30 m on your left).
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Then cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Statue of Bessie Rischbieth" (45 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the "The European discovery of Australia" (20 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the playground (15 m on your right).
After another 7 m veer right.
After another 8 m pass the water tap (9 m on your left).
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 110 m long)
After another 25 m pass the ""First Contact" Sculpture" (20 m on your left).
After another 9 m veer left.
Then pass a seat (15 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "Drinking fountain" (25 m on your right).
Then pass a "Bench" (35 m on your right).
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 345 m turn right.
Then pass the water tap (5 m on your left).
After another 25 m head through the tunnel (about 30 m long)
After another 40 m turn left.
After another 190 m pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
Then head through the tunnel (about 20 m long)
Then pass the "Narrows Interchange Public Toilets" (15 m on your right).
After another 230 m continue straight.
After another 100 m cross the bridge (about 360 m long)
Then come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 560 m pass the car park (on your left).
Turn right.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the water tap (7 m on your left).
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 10 m veer right.
After another 60 m turn right.
After another 295 m pass the water tap (8 m on your right).
After another 450 m pass the car park (35 m on your right).
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 7 m pass the "Mister Walker" (7 m on your left).
After another 275 m pass the "Resonance Statue" (8 m on your right).
After another 70 m pass the "Sir James Mitchell Carpark" (10 m on your right).
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the BBQ (25 m on your right).
After another 9 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 540 m pass the car park (10 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A little side trip to a pier, where you can dangle your feet and have scenic picnic. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 7 m pass the "The Boatshed" (10 m on your right).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 75 m pass the car park (8 m on your right).
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 70 m pass the playground (55 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your right).
After another 95 m continue straight.
Keep left.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 470 m pass the car park (40 m on your right).
After another 70 m pass the playground (40 m on your right).
After another 570 m continue straight.
After another 85 m turn left.
After another 20 m come to the end.

A little side trip to a pier, where you can dangle your feet and have scenic picnic.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 55 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 55 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Swan River Bridges Loop


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 9.5 km
Time 2 h to 3 h
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.2 km apart with the largest gap of 4.6 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.2 km apart with the largest gap of 5.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
3.9 km[toilet]
Toilet
4.9 kmNarrows Interchange Public Toilets
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