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Banksia Hill Loop Trail, Canning River Park

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 1.5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

This 1.5 kilometre loop trail in the Canning River Regional Park will take you through thriving Banksia woodland.  An excellent walk or cycle before or after a picnic or BBQ at the Kent St Weir.

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Kent St Weir, Kent St, Wilson. Canning River Regional Park is an easy 20 minute drive from the CBD.

Built in 1928 to prevent salt water moving upstream and destroying the alluvial soils of market gardeners, the weir is now listed on the Register for Historic Places. A beautiful place to have lunch and watch the bird life.

Built in 1963 on the grounds of the then Castledare Boys Home now Castledare Retirement Home, the Castledare Miniature Railway brings to life a by-gone era. Operating on the 3rd Sunday of every month from the station in Wilson Park, and the 1st Sunday of every month from their Niana station in Wilson.

Operating both Steam (Niana station) and Diesel engine trains (Niana and Wilson Park) the attraction is highly worth experiencing.

A venture of the City of Canning, CREEC aims to increase awareness and understanding of the Canning River Regional Park through environmental primary and secondary educational activities and programmes. CREEC also provides resources for classes, workshops and overall community development for local volunteer groups and corporate organisations.

CREEC is open Monday - Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm.
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Starting at Kent St Weir, walk over the weir and past the salt marshes, where you will find the trail markers. Only 1.5 kilometres in length the Banksia Hill Loop Trail can be a short walk after lunch at the local cafe or BBQ at the Weir - or can be additional to other walks in the Park including the Butterflies, Birds and Bridges Trail.  

The Park contains a playground, lots of grass, paths to ride bikes and scooters around, and a bridge over the top of the Kent St Weir. 

The playground is a traditional older style steel frame one, with no shade sails unfortunately. It is also not fenced, and especially as it is close to the river you will need to keep an eye on little kids.

A cafe is in the same building as the Canning River Eco Education Centre. 

The Castledare Miniature Railway has a station at the Park (the other Castledare station is not in this park but near by  - they run miniature train rides once a month, details on their website - see links page)

Similar to a great deal of land upstream of the Kent St Weir, Banksia Hill was once cleared for grazing of cattle and horses as well as for market gardens. The farming family left the property in the 1950s, and remained untouched until 1990s when the Canning River Regional Park Volunteers intervened and begun rehabilitating the area. Some patches of remnant vegetation remained and from these areas natural succession was slowly taking place, but the volunteer group assisted by planting additional native plant species and eradicating the introduced species which threatened to take over.

Slowly the area has grown to resemble its former self, and is home to many fauna species including brush-tailed possums, short-nosed bandicoots and many bird species.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service

+61 8 9776 1207

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Time / Duration

45 minutes

Length

1.5km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Kent St Weir, Kent St, Wilson. Canning River Regional Park is an easy 20 minute drive from the CBD.

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Trail End

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.

Hazards & Warnings

Note there is limited directional signage on the trail, check the map before you set off.

Facilities

  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Bicycle Rack
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Coach Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • View Platform
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

All year round, wildflowers showing from September to November

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Trail Access

Canning River Regional Park is an easy 20 minute drive from the CBD. It is accessible by all vehicles on sealed roads.

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3 trail goers have rated Banksia Hill Loop Trail, Canning River Park as 4 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.

Fayley Arthur

Reviewed 15 Dec 2018, 1:45pm

A great introduction to the Canning River area. I bring people here who don't know the beauty that they can find locally. It's a short easy bike ride and had a lot of natural appeal with well maintained bike paths and toilets at Kent St Weir. I've found that after the first time, people I've brought come back and explore the other paths and also come back for dirt path trail runs and all sorts. This is a lovely area that is never crowded.
Marta Berzins

Reviewed 29 Nov 2016, 2:41pm

The beginning part of the loop is beautiful and the kids loved the bridges and the river. The rest of the loop walk wasn't as interesting.
Damian He

Reviewed 11 May 2016, 9:15pm

Very quiet, flat trail along the river, dog friendly and good for family with children

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