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Echidna Walk - Churchman's Bushland Trails

  • Half day
  • 9 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

Located in the northern end of the Wungong Regional Park in Roleystone approximately 30 minutes south of the Perth CBD, the Churchman's Bushland Echidna Trail is approx 9kms of trail with some steep inclines. Starting in Jarrah forests the trail rises following the Canning River up through the valley towards Churchman Brook, before veering sharply off up the hill towards the Rock Climbing Crag.

A challenging but very rewarding walk. Scenery along the trail consists of rolling pastures, bushland, rocky outcrops and stands of Marri, Yarri, Jarrah and Flooded Gums.

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Trail Start

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Stocker Road, Roleystone

Trail direction change. Trail continues along small trail off to the north west and up the hill.

A Dolerite outcrop some 140 metres long by 30 metres high.

A perfect spot to sit and take in the view.

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A walk through Moondyne Joe country... legend has it that Moondyne Joe's cave is located in this park, though it's exact location is unknown.
Part of the Churchman's Bushland trail network, the Echidna Trail is a stunningly diverse walk trail, starting in Jarrah forest and climbing high up the scarp leading to excellent views over the valley and the city before returning back along the Canning River Valley. 

As you reach the top of a rise, the trail veers sharp right, with a hook - back on itself, off the main track. Small orange triangles appear on dead trees either side of the track signalling this direction change and can be easily missed. See Points of Interest for details and picture of trail.
The climb from Stocker Road is very steep, finishing with a bang. The trail leads up to The Wall - a superb natural wall of Dolerite, some 140 metres long and 30 metres high also known as the Churchman Brook Rockclimbing Crag - before looping up to the top of the hill with superb scenery and views along the way.

There are seats at some lookout points to enjoy the views or just catch your breath.
It is possible to shorten this walk, returning back down along the Emu Trail. The Emu trail runs down hill at the western end of the old airstrip.

Churchman's Bushland is named after Captain Churchman who owned the parcel of land in 1831. The west side of the park offers breathtaking views of the City, whilst the eastern side follows Churchman's Brook up the valley and affords a lovely vista of the Canning River Valley and Roleystone. 

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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

3 - 4 hours

Length

9km return

Elevation

Steep trail - elevation gain 372 metres

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Stocker Road, Roleystone

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Very steep sections - up to 1.5kms of hill climb
Few trail markers available
Suitable for experienced hikers only
Sections of loose gravel

Hazards & Warnings

Avoid using the trail on days deemed high or extreme fire danger.
Snakes can be active in this area during the warmer months (August through to April).
Rockfall risk around Rockclimbing Crag - do not proceed past Rockfall Risk sign.

Safety

Beware of unstable and falling rocks near Rockclimbing wall.

Facilities

Unsealed steep and uneven bush walk trails.

  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts

Best time of year

Best for wildflowers during September to November

Trail Access

Access by road or bus 241 from Kelmscott Train Station. Alight bus on Brookton Highway near Stocker Road. Walk down to end of Stocker Road to commencement of walk trail.

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