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Boardwalk Trail, Roley Pool Reserve

Bush Walk

Urban Walk
inPerth & Surrounds

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

Discover the best that Roley Pools Reserve has to offer on this 2.6km return walk including massive granite boulders, the river meandering through the trees and views across the native woodland.

If you are lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a Rakali, the Australian native otter.

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Trail Start

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Access at the Soldiers Road bridge or Thompson Road carpark, Roleystone

Trail End

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The Roley Pool Reserve lies on both sides of the Canning River and runs from the Soldiers Road bridge through to Heritage Drive. There are four trails within the reserve, varying in length from 160m to 3.2kms, or join several together for a more challenging 6km return walk.

The Boardwalk Trail, within the Roley Pools Reserve is a Grade 3, 2.6km return walk with some uneven terrain, slippery surfaces and rocky sections

Part of the Whadjuk Noongar land and managed by the City of Armadale, the reserve is a beautiful place to enjoy the sounds of nature, take your dog for a walk or learn and listen to the history of the Whadjuk Noongar people via there interactive QR codes and information boards, along the trails.

Other Links

  • Roley Bushcare

    Roleybushcare is an environmental community group that is focused on maintaining and protecting the bushland around the Roleystone and Karragullen areas.

  • Roley Bushcare - Canning River Interpretive Trail

    The Boardwalk is also known as The Canning River Interpretive Trail and more information can be found via the link.

  • Experience Perth

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

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour


2.6km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Access at the Soldiers Road bridge or Thompson Road carpark, Roleystone

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Trail End

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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.

Hazards & Warnings

Please note there are no water or toilet facilities in the reserve.


Wheelchair access to the boardwalk only.
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Bicycles Prohibited
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

June to November for water flow


Trail Access

Road or bus stops at the top of Soldier Road, on the Brookton Hwy.

Prohibited Items

Bikes are not permitted
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1 trail goers have rated Boardwalk Trail, Roley Pool Reserve 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.

Wendy Wang

Reviewed 20 Mar 2022, 1:58pm

pretty trail with granite outcrops. Surprisingly there was flowing water in summer! However it was quite short, probably about 45 mins total.

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