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Baigup Wetland, Bayswater/Maylands Baigup Wetland, Bayswater/Maylands

Bush Walk

Urban Walk, Road
 in Perth & Surrounds

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

      All abilities access, flat, even, hardened surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for unassisted wheelchair users and prams. Clear directional signage. No bushwalking experience required.

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 Garratt Road Bridge make an ideal family-friendly starting point.

Great Eastern Egrets are regularly seen in Baigup Wetland
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Baigup Wetland is a 16.4  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 Garratt 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 more than 100 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 and a walkway/viewing platform known as the Gathering Place providing access between the sealed path and the rear limestone track. 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.

  • Garratt 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.

  • Learn more about the Waugal or Waakal

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

  • Destination Perth

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

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Time / Duration

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


2km return

What To Pack

Group A - Urban Trails (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

Class 1

All abilities access, flat, even, hardened surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for unassisted wheelchair users and prams. Clear directional signage. No bushwalking experience required.

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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.


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.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Kiosk
  • Lookouts
  • All accessible parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform
  • Cafe

Best time of year

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

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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6 trail goers have rated Baigup Wetland, Bayswater/Maylands as 4.33 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.


Reviewed 2 May 2024, 3:03pm

All wheelchair accessible and prams, bikes as path sealed.
You get to see the birds and it’s so pretty
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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