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Roley Pools Heritage Walk Trail, Roley Pool Reserve, Roleystone

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

This trail follows a section of the Canning River from Soldiers Road to Heritage Drive in Roleystone, encompassing two of the walk trails of Roley Pools, a very picturesque and accessible section of the river with picnic tables available on both sides of the river.

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Soldiers Road, Roleystone, 30km south east of Perth (45 mins drive)

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Heritage Drive, Roleystone

Limited parking is available on Collins Road, Roleystone for access to Roley Pools walk trail. The trail is accessed by stone steps down to the rivers edge.
There are small sheltered table and chairs along the trail.
Further parking is available at Soldiers Road bridge, at the end of Thompson Road and at Heritage Drive.

The boardwalk along the south side of the river near Soldiers Road.

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Roley Pools has been used as a local swimming hole for many years and is part of Roleystone folklore. The walk along the rivers edge encompasses a variety of terrain such as giant Granite outcrops and Dolerite dykes. 

A wide and diverse range of wildlife can be found in and around this section of the river, with many native ducks, kingfishers, Quenda, kangaroos, wallabies, several species of fish, snakes, lizards and Australia's only native water rat, "Rakali" residing there.

There are two walk trails along this section of the river which combine to create the Roley Pools Heritage Trail Walk. To walk the length of the trail use the Heritage Walk Trail and the Boardwalk Trail combined. The other two trails along this stretch of river are the Nature Spa Trail, which is located along the Boardwalk Trail section and the Roley Pools Walk Trail, running along the north western side of the river.

The Roley Pools section of the trail can be accessed from Soldiers Road, Thompson Road and Collins Road, with a small area of parking available at each site. Collins Road has direct access down a stone staircase to the main Pools area, alternatively access is available from Soldiers Road along a meandering gravel track on the north side of the river and a board walk on the southern side (there are some stairs along this path).

Information regarding these delightful walk trails can be accessed here or pick up a brochure from the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre.

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Time / Duration

Approximately 2 - 3 hours


5.8km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Soldiers Road, Roleystone, 30km south east of Perth (45 mins drive)

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Trail End

Heritage Drive, Roleystone

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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.

Difficulty Notes

Unsealed natural paths of gravel and sand line the banks with some rocky areas. Small section of boardwalks and steps. Rocks can be slippery when wet. Steep stair access from Collins Road.

Hazards & Warnings

Snakes can be active in this area during the warmer months (August through to April).


Interpretive Trail brochure available from the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre or downloadable online from
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

Year around



Trail Access

From Brookton Highway, 30km from Perth CBD

Prohibited Items

No fires or motorbikes allowed within reserve
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