Ranford Pool Walk Trail, Boddington
Ranford Pool is one of those special spots the locals would prefer you did not know about. It is one of the most beautiful spots in the Peel Region for a picnic and a nice and easy 4km return walk. Starting from Lions Weir in Boddington, this trail follows the Hotham River to historic Ranford Pool. Fishing, canoeing and birdwatching can be enjoyed in this part of the river.
About the Trail
The local Friends of the Reserves have created a lovely walk trail that starts from the Lions Weir and takes you along to the historical Ranford Pool.
The walk follows the line of the old railway and the Hotham River and winds it way through paperbark tree forests, past Long Donkey Farm and passes by scenic rural paddocks. The first part of the walk is fully paved, wide enough for push bikes, horses, prams and wheelchairs and takes in the scenery along the river’s edge along to the Hotham Valley Bridge. Once you have passed the bridge the path reverts to a more natural state and ends up as a narrow walking trail only.
The water hole is a deeper part of the river created when the Tannin Factory was operational in the early 1970’s, and is quite popular with the local children as a swimming hole. The walk trail is signposted along its length and also has informative signs on the different bird species and fish species you can experience.
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.