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About Burswood Paddle Trail
Start in East Perth at the small car park in Banks Reserve off Joel Terrace.
You can paddle this trail as a loop in either direction but I suggest start by crossing the river. Turn right to head downstream in the shallows. Pass under Windan Bridge and then the Matagarup pedestrian bridge. Burswood Park is on the left here, a good picnic and playground spot. The WA waterski club has exclusive use of the river along the south side of Heirisson Island so take care.
Near the waterski club (boat ramp) veer to the right and cross to the north end of Heirisson Island. Continue around the island keeping the shore on your left side. You will find a small lagoon and a wonderful secluded spot to picnic. This is a good place to leave your canoe to go for a walk as most of the outer shores are rocky. If you pull up along the river lift your kayak well above where boat wash might reach. The far end (south) of Burswood Island has kangaroos roaming and you can pass through a gate to look for them. Also on the south end of the island is the magnificent bronze statue of Yagan.
From the lagoon you can continue under the Causeway bridge to access Perth Water. Ferry and boat trafiic use the channel here so keep to the edges, the left shore normally more sheltered. Kayak hire is available off a small beach here, and further on the Point Fraser ferry terminal and function centre.
The return is via the western shore - from the lagoon cross near the Causeway bridge and turn right. After Matagarup bridge head into Claisebrook Cove for a contrast to the undeveloped banks you have seen so far. If you wish to explore this area on foot, land on the small beach at the entrance or climb the jetty at the far end of the lagoon, near the pub, resteraunt and cafe's. Near the beach at the entrance there is some nice mosiac art explaining the Bibbulmun Dreaming.
Continue your paddle along shoreline, under Windan Bridge and back to your start point.
If you don't have your own kayak, you can hire one and do this, or similar circuits starting from About Bike Hire near the Causeway. See link on the links tab.
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Time / Duration
Time depends on the exploring you do!
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails) required.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails)
- Plenty of water and food for duration of trip.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+)
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions
- Lifejacket or flotation device
- Leg or paddle leash if paddling in the ocean
Banks Reserve, off Joel Terrace , East Perth
Avoid ski club area when they are running events. The river channel southwest of Burswood Island is restricted for use by the ski club.
FacilitiesPublic toilets at start, in Claisebrook cove, Heirrison Island, Burswood Park.
Cafes and Restaurants in Claisebrook Cove.
- BBQ Facilities
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
Best time of year
Anytime whenever the weather is nice
Drive, walk, cycle or bus from Perth.
Prohibited ItemsThe Water Ski Club has sole access to the water east of Burswood Island.
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Black swans and kangaroos on the island ... that's WA
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MatagarupMatagarup pedestrian bridge
YaganStatue of Yagan as seen from the kayak
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