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Baigup Wetland, Bayswater/Maylands

Bush Walk

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Urban Walk, Cycle
inPerth & Surrounds

  • 1-3 hours
  • 1 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

This is an easy one kilometre walk along a sealed dual-purpose path through a Bush Forever site on the Swan River foreshore. Native vegetation and a variety of bush and water birds provide interest. Carpark, toilets, picnic area and playground near Garrett Road Bridge make an ideal family-friendly starting point.

Great Eastern Egrets are regularly seen in Baigup Wetland
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Trail Start

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A.P. Hinds Reserve carpark (Bayswater Paddlesports Club) Milne Street Bayswater

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Kelvin Street/Swan View Terrace junction in Maylands

Here the footpath from Garratt Road meets the walkway/cycle path that goes through Baigup Wetland to Kelvin Street and Swan View Terrace in Maylands.

The Gas Utility installation beside the path dates from 1986 when Natural Gas from the North West was piped through the wetland to East Perth. The pathway follows the access track built to install the pipeline.

The boardwalk nearby is used by fishers, photographers and local artists from nearby historical Ellis House.

The bench beside Garratt Road Bridge looks out over an area of the Swan River where the supremely important Ancestral Being, the Waagle, shed its sunburnt skin according to Wadjuk Noongar tradition.

The bridge itself has a heritage listed southbound lane constructed in 1939. The northbound lane was built in 1970.

When the Swan River Colony was established by the British Empire in 1829, Aboriginal people were forced to make way for European settlers. Although Wadjuk Noongar had lived comfortably off the land here for thousands of years, lack of respect for traditional knowledge about the river, soils, climate and traditional food sources meant many new farms failed at first.

Pelicans (Noongar: Boodalang)are often seen in this area along with Maali, the famous Black Swans of the Perth region.

The extensive sedge plains here are typical of the original fringing vegetation that helps keep the shoreline intact. Unfortunately, increasing river salinity, trampling, boat wash and acid runoff threaten this ecological community along the shoreline. Thank you for staying on made paths while visiting Baigup. Your care for this environment if very much appreciated.

Beautiful salt tolerant succulents thrive among the sedges in the saline environment.

Looking inland, we see iron red acid/saline scalds surrounded by healthy sedges and young Paperbark trees nourished by fresh water from the back of the reserve.

A trial remediation program has been started in this location and will be completed in drier weather later in the year.

The purpose of the trial is to replace and neutralise acid/saline soils that nothing will grow in. The trial area will be revegetated in late 2016.

This permanent lake was constructed in 2000 in swampy land. Property developments on the border of Baigup seen from here remind us that the population in this area is growing rapidly, putting greater pressure on the natural environment.

A peaceful spot to sit, you are likely hear the charming call of the Rufous Whistler or see it in the Sheoaks along the path. Dainty Mistletoebirds may also be seen pecking at mistletoe hanging in these trees.

Whadjuk Noongar refer to birds in general as Djerap while ducks in general are Yerderap.

Regularly seen on this lake are Yet also known as Ngowonang (Pacific Black Ducks), Ngoonan (Grey Teal), and Eroodoo (White Eyed or Hardhead ducks).

Here in the center of Baigup Wetlands you are likely to see Ngalkaning (Rufous Night Heron) hunched in the trees after a night's hunting.

The Australian White Ibis also shares this Noongar name.

Purple Swamp Hens nest in the sedges here and are often seen crossing the path, sometimes with their chicks which look like fluffy balls on long strong legs.

Keep an ear open for the warning "chitty chitty" call of the cheeky black and white Willy Wagtail. Wadjuk Noongars call this little bird Djidi Djidi, echoing its call in the name.

Here the limestone track that crosses the sealed path meets the river with views downstream to Bath Street Jetty and historic Tranby House and across the river to Ascot Waters, another attractive area for walking, birdwatching and canoeing.

Baigup is unusual on the Swan for never having been an official rubbish dump or landfill area but damage to the shoreline from boat wash is evident here. Boats still travel too fast down the river in spite of regulations.

If you're lucky, you might see a pair of Kaaka-Baaka (Yellow Billed Spoonbill) sifting the mud for food or a solitary Wayan (White Faced Heron) surveying the scene.

This stopping point is at the foot of the hill that rises to Kelvin Street and Swan View Terrace in Maylands. Behind the Bullrushes on the landward side is the Secondary Lake, constructed in 2001. From the mid 19th century until well into the 20th century Chinese Market Gardens were located here. Chinese pots and bottles are still sometimes found in Stone Street gardens.

Australian Reed Warblers can often be heard here. Raptors (birds of prey) including Wowoo (Australian Hobby), Yoondoordoo (Eastern Ospreys), and Black-Shouldered Kites are regularly seen flying overhead.

Yawl trees (Swamp Paperbarks) grow on the river side of the path in fresh water that flows under the path to the river. Wadjuk Noongar revered and cared for these trees, valuing their bark for roofing, food wrapping and bedding, etc.

Here we are at the top of the hill where Kelvin Street meets Swan View Terrace.

This is a place to sit and simply relax, taking in the beauty of the Swan River in all its moods.

Immediately below on the landward side is a densely vegetated area of revegetated rushes where Buff Banded Rails and Spotted and Spotless Crakes have been seen.

Variegated Fairy Wrens are also found in this area, along with Birin Birin (Rainbow Bee Eaters), a protected migratory bird that comes here to breed in Spring.
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Baigup Wetland is a twenty hectare reserve seven kilometres east of Perth’s CBD. Best access if coming by car is from A. P. Hinds Reserve at the end of Milne Street next to Garrett Road Bridge in Bayswater. Park here and proceed under the bridge to the start of the trail.

As part of the Swan River floodplain, Baigup is sacred to the Wadjuk Noongar people of Perth. The Noongar word baigup means Place of Rushes. 

Baigup is one of very few relatively intact riverside wetlands remaining in the middle and lower reaches of the Swan. Its serene sedge plains and interesting paperbark trees are remnants of the original fringing vegetation. Importantly, Baigup is registered nationally as a Coastal Saltmarsh Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) because of this vegetation.

Two constructed lakes attract waterbirds. With eighty six species of bush and water birds identified since mid 2012, Baigup regularly attracts birdwatchers and photographers.

In addition to the sealed path through Baigup, there are also two limestone tracks to less accessible parts of the reserve. These tracks are not suitable for wheelchairs or bicycles.  

Other Links

  • Baigup Wetland Interest Group on Urban Bushland Council site

    As well as information and photos about Baigup, the UBC site includes details of other Perth nature reserves and has excellent pages of water bird photos as well as news about upcoming events.

  • Garrett Road Bridge

    This article provides a wealth of information about the heritage value and history of this bridge which connects Bayswater and Ascot across the Swan River.

  • Cool Breeze Cafe

    A delightful caravan kiosk with parking in Riverside Gardens only a short distance away from Baigup wetland

  • Learn more about the Waugal or Waakal

    A short introduction to the significance of Aboriginal traditional knowledge based on interviews with Wadjuk Noongar elders.

  • Experience Perth

    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.


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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

A relaxing and leisurely visit could take 40 minutes or more.

Length

2km return

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

A.P. Hinds Reserve carpark (Bayswater Paddlesports Club) Milne Street Bayswater

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Trail End

Kelvin Street/Swan View Terrace junction in Maylands

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Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Difficulty Notes

The sealed path is level except at the Kelvin street end where it rises quite steeply. Sturdy footwear should be worn on the limestone tracks which have uneven surfaces and wet sections.

Hazards & Warnings

Remain on paths. Soil that seems dry in swamps may be deep mud like quicksand. Watch out for snakes. Keep to the left. Walkers watch out for cyclists. Cyclists watch out for walkers and dogs. Please use bell.

Facilities

All dogs must be on leads within Baigup Wetland Reserve.
Park in A.P. Hinds Reserve, Bayswater entrance.
Very limited street parking around Maylands entrance.
Wheelchair and gopher access right through Baigup on sealed walkway/cycle path (approx 1km).
Toilets in Hinds Reserve (not disabled) and Riverside Gardens (includes disabled).
Picnic areas and children's playgrounds at Hinds Reserve and Riverside Gardens.
Riverside Gardens has a popular dog exercise area where dogs can be taken off leads.
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Kiosk
  • Lookouts
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform

Best time of year

Access available all year with April to December the most pleasant months.

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Trail Access

Road, bus or train then walk or bus.

Prohibited Items

Dogs off leash prohibited. Keep dogs on leash to avoid frightening wildlife. Keep dogs out water which can be acid and cause skin irritation.
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5 trail goers have rated Baigup Wetland, Bayswater/Maylands as 4.2 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Sara P

Reviewed 14 May 2020, 7:26am

Beautiful walking trail through the wetlands.
Perfect for walking with a pram.
There were a lot of cyclists riding quite fast when I was there so it's not the sort of place I would let my toddler walk around and explore.
Tamara Richards

Reviewed 2 Jul 2018, 3:48pm

This is a lovely short trail. If you are following the Swan River Ramble the kids can keep busy spotting Eric and reading the QR codes. With Bayswater Riverside Gardens so close by you can enjoy a picnic or take in the Bird Sanctuary.
Lee lee

Reviewed 14 Apr 2018, 9:04pm

Easy straight trail through the wetland connects with the river bike path from East Perth. Nice cool scenery under trees. There are raised line sections on the path which I'm assuming is to slow down bikes.
Marta Berzins

Reviewed 29 Nov 2016, 2:37pm

Easy to do with yound kids and pram friendly.
Suzie Andrews

Reviewed 11 Oct 2015, 7:37am

A nice and easy walk to start your day. Beautiful sounds of birds chirping, glimpses of the river and many species of birds on display around every bend.

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