Hotham River Foreshore and Lions Weir, Boddington
The Peel Region is your place for natural adventures. Enjoy this beautiful river foreshore in the country town Boddington with walks and a weir with a large open park space with gazebo and BBQs available all year round to enjoy a tranquil BBQ with friends and family.
About the Trail
A pretty walk trail runs alongside The Hotham River through Boddington. In summer, you are able to walk along the weir to the other side of the river and enjoy the wildlife on and around the river’s edge. The river also offers the opportunity to fish for local fish species, take a canoe ride or cool off in the shallows.
A picnic area next to a weir on the banks of the river features a public BBQ, rotunda and toilets. Lions Weir is a delightful spot to relax where a small dam has been created in the Hotham River to create a year-round haven for water birds and fish. A fish ladder (series of rock pools) has been built adjoining and up to top of the wall to enable fish to swim upstream in the spawning season.
Need to Know
Boddington is just under two hours drive from Perth, nestled on the banks of the picturesque Hotham River and surrounded by undulating hills. It is the ideal location for a day drive or a pleasant overnight stay. Boddington is a prosperous area with agriculture, bauxite mining, blue gum plantations, viticulture, orchards, fish and marron farms and one of the world's largest producing gold mines providing income and employment. Half the Shire of Boddington comprises state forest. The town is an excellent base from which to go hiking, wildflower sighting, bird watching or picnicking. A two kilometre walk trail along the river provides wheelchair access between the caravan park and Ranford Pool, a favourite fishing, bird watching and picnic place. Another favourite picnic and fishing spot is Lions Weir closer to town. Fishing is great in spring or autumn in the deep pools of the river. Redfin perch and cobbler (catfish), along with marron (freshwater crayfish) are caught in season. The Bibbulmun Track (a world class 1,000 kilometre walking trail) passes through the Boddington Shire. Some of the area's tourist attractions include: Bacchus - Lord of the Grapes statue, Tullis Bridge, Hotham River Foreshore and Long Gully Bridge. The caravan park on the banks of the Hotham River is a lovely place to stay, just two minutes walk to the town centre. In the Boddington area you will also find Farm Stays and Bed and Breakfast accommodation.