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About Contour Channel Walk, Banyowla Regional Park
The Contour Channel walk follows a series of man-made concrete channels and steel and cast-iron pipelines along the contours of the Darling Scarp through Roleystone and Kelmscott. The project was a Depression era public works scheme and constructed, mostly by manual labour, between July 1935 and December 1936 to carry potable water from just below Canning Dam through the hills to a pumping station near Gosnells by following the natural contours of the Canning Valley and scarp - hence it was entirely gravity-fed. The channel supplied drinking water to the metropolitan area of Perth from 1940 to 1975.
The walk trail passes through forests of Marri and Flooded Gums and offers great views over Perth City and the Swan Coastal Plain. The area nearer to Canning Mills Road has a rich and diverse range of wildflowers from July to November.
Kangaroos and Black cockatoos can often be seen throughout the woodlands here.
Be trail ready for Contour Channel Walk, Banyowla Regional Park
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
2 to 3 hours
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful Items
No drinking water or toilet facilities in park.
Loose gravel paths throughout park.
Banyowla Regional Park, Canning Mills Road, Kelmscott.
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.
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There are a few steep sections.
Trail is mostly loose gravel paths.
Hazards & Warnings
Avoid entering the park on high fire risk days.
Snakes may be active during the warmer months - August to April.
- Dog Friendly
Best time of year
All year round. For wildflowers the best time is August to November.
By road, 2WD. There is a small amount of parking just off Canning Mills Road, look for the sign for Banyowla Regional Park.
Off-road vehicles and fires prohibited.
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A concrete section of the Canning Contour Channel.
City view, Contour Channel Walk
Pipeline used to siphon water from one section of the Channel to the next across the valley.
Part of the old Contour Channel
Wildflowers in July
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