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Bells Rapids River Walk, Swan Valley Trails WA Top Trail Icon

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  • Less than 1 hour
  • 2.75 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

This 2.75 km, Grade 3 loop is actually a combination of the easy Bells Rapids River Walk and the more difficult Goat Walk. The trail follows the river, before climbing the hill with some steep rocky sections to navigate.

Bells Rapids is a popular spot to watch the action in the Avon Descent.
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Trail Start

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Bells Rapids Park, Cathedral Avenue, off Great Northern Highway, Brigadoon; 45 minutes from Perth city

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Cross the bridge and head to your left for the easy 2.5km return Bells Rapids River Walk or turn right and follow the more challenging Goat Walk up and over the hill, until it meets the River Walk and returns to the bridge and picnic area. Expect some steep rocky climbs and descents along the way. Keep an eye out for the cheeky Buttocks Boulder!

With its majestic boulders and rushing waters in the winter, Bells Rapids has been a favourite picnic location for families for many years. The beautiful Grey Kangaroo can be seen in abundance at certain times of the year and the wildflowers are worth a visit from July to November.

Bells Rapids is also known for being one of the best vantage points along the Swan River for the Avon River descent.

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Time / Duration

Up to an hour

Length

2.75km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Bells Rapids Park, Cathedral Avenue, off Great Northern Highway, Brigadoon; 45 minutes from Perth city

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Difficulty Notes

The River Walk is mostly flat with a small rocky section. Watch out for unstable areas along the edge of the river.
The Goat Walk has steep rocky sections

Hazards & Warnings

It is the responsibility of individuals to be aware of fire bans in place

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

Visit in July to November for best water flow and wildflowers

Fees

No fees apply

Trail Access

Self drive

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10 trail goers have rated Bells Rapids River Walk, Swan Valley as 4.3 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.

Olivia Brookes

Reviewed 17 Oct 2021, 8:37am

Suitable for whole family of all fitness levels! Perfect Sunday stroll ????
Olivia Brookes

Reviewed 17 Oct 2021, 8:36am

Suitable for whole family of all fitness levels! Perfect Sunday stroll ????
Jarra Smith

Reviewed 2 Oct 2021, 9:09am

Beautiful trail and suits all types of hikers. Some amazing views from the hill and the loop trail is a nice test for kids.
Charli Smith

Reviewed 23 Jun 2018, 10:49am

Love this track, our go-to for an easy Sunday walk. Do it in the morning and have lunch in the Swan Valley after!
Grace G

Reviewed 17 May 2018, 3:24pm

There is a very steep driveway to access the car park, definitely need a suitable car.
From the carpark you walk upstream to a bridge, after crossing the bridge both trails start. The trail to the left is an easy a walk alongside the water. The trail to the right is just a tad harder and a loop. This trail starts with a very long moderately steep hill, this is the most difficult part of the trail. It is all pretty well sign posted and you walk past a 'butt' boulder. Once you walk down the hill, the trail splits into two paths- 1 to the left through a gate with the other just continuing to the right. Turning left and walking through the gates will bring you back in a loop (the 'left' trail).

Its a very scenic walk and you can also go cool down in the water after the hike. Quite a lot of Dogs.
Leanne Heggie

Reviewed 28 Feb 2018, 2:29pm

Great natural track and loved the boudler bum gave the kids a chuckle. Went after good rainfall and lovely to see nature abundant, fantastic location close to Perth - excellent day out.
Vickie Perry

Reviewed 10 Dec 2017, 11:16am

Beautiful place to take the family. We love walking the goat trail. Beautiful surroundings landscapes and picture perfect views.
Tracey Stafford

Reviewed 28 Jul 2017, 5:34pm

Great walk today.rapids flowing strongly.beautiful views of our great bush land
Kobie Hughes

Reviewed 18 Jul 2017, 11:22am

Nice, fairly easy trail with pretty views. Gets packed on some weekends which can make manoeuvring on the trail a bit cramped in place. Some clambering over rocks and boulders required near the river. Can also take another trail at this spot that heads up a big hill for a more intense walk. Nice spot for a picnic and there are toilets at the start of the trail.
Andrew Dunn

Reviewed 14 Jul 2017, 12:55pm

Awesome walk at Bells Rapids today and it was great to so many families their.

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