Burswood Paddle Trail
About the Trail
Start in East Perth at the small car park in Banks Reserve off Joel Terrace.
You can paddle this trail as a loop in either direction but I suggest start by crossing the river. Turn right to head downstream in the shallows. Pass under Windan Bridge. Burswood Park is on the left here, a good picnic and playground spot.
Near the waterski club (boat ramp) veer to the right and cross to Burswood Island. Continue around the island keeping the shore on your left side. You will find a small lagoon and a wonderful secluded spot to picnic. This is a good place to leave your canoe to go for a walk. If you pull up along the river lift your kayak well above where boat wash might reach. The far end of Burswood Island has kangaroos roaming and you can pass through a gate to look for them. Also on the south end of the island is the magnificent bronze statue of Yagan.
The return is via the western shore - cross near the causeway bridge and turn right. Head into Claisebrook Cove for a contrast to the undeveloped banks you have seen so far. If you wish to explore this area on foot, land on the small beach at the entrance or climb the jetty at the far end of the lagoon, near the pub, resteraunt and cafe's. Near the beach at the entrance there is some nice mosiac art explaining the Bibbulmun Dreaming.
Continue your paddle along shoreline, under Windan Bridge and back to your start point.
If you don't have your own kayak, you can hire one and do this, or similar circuits starting from About Bike Hire near the Causeway. See link on the links tab.
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