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Kingfisher Trail, Walyunga NP Kingfisher Trail, Walyunga NP

  • Half day
  • 6 km
    • Bush Walk Class 3

      Moderate trail that may have short steep hills, rough surface, many steps or some rock hopping. Directional signage. Some bushwalking experience and moderate fitness required.

Located in Walyunga National Park, this six kilometre moderate trail follows the river upstream to Syd’s Rapids before heading up a steep gravel track.  This area was burnt a few years ago and now has a thick understory of regrowth with the burnt eucalypt trunks visible above. It intersects with the Echidna and Kangaroo trails.

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Walyunga National Park covers 1,800 hectares of the Darling Range, tucked behind the Darling Scarp, covering both sides of a steep valley. Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River which passes through the tree lined valley.

Walyunga contains one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites around Perth and was still in use by the Noongar people late last century. The area has been used as a meeting place for more than 6000 years.  Walyunga is an Aboriginal name, but its meaning is uncertain. Local Noongar people believe the Swan River was carved by the Waugal, and greet the dreamtime serpent here by rubbing sand on their bodies and throwing it in the water.

The Swan River is the main attraction in the park as it thunders through in winter and meanders by in the drier months, lined with smooth granite boulders. The walk trail starts beside the lower pool in Walyunga and follows the river to Syd's rapids and then ascends into the woodland. The trail markers are blue footprints and are designed to be followed in an anti clockwise direction.

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Time / Duration

2 hours


6km loop

What To Pack

Group B - Hiking & Long Distance Trails (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

The trail starts at the Walyunga Pool car park, Walyunga NP 1 hour north east of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Class 3

Moderate trail that may have short steep hills, rough surface, many steps or some rock hopping. Directional signage. Some bushwalking experience and moderate fitness required.

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Difficulty Notes

There is a steep and gravelly ascent and descent in the walk.


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • All accessible parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area

Best time of year

March to November Walyunga National Park is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm


National Park fees apply

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets or fires are permitted in the National Park
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5 trail goers have rated Kingfisher Trail, Walyunga NP as 3.8 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.

Mark C

Reviewed 16 Oct 2022, 10:10pm

Fantastic Trail, took about 90 minutes at a gentle pace.
Make sure to stop at the top of that first steep hill and look behind you for the best view up the river.
Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 14 Sep 2022, 10:43am

Another nice walk within Walyunga this one clockwise in just under 2 hrs. A great trail that intersects with the Echidna and Kangaroo trails.
Emily Gambold

Reviewed 26 Jan 2018, 6:32pm

Great walk. We did this in just under 1 hour, with no stopping. We followed on to do the kangaroo trail after a pit stop to refuel. The toilets are still closed at the top carpark which was a bummer, we didn't check if the toilets at the pool where opened.
Levina Anderson

Reviewed 4 Oct 2017, 9:15am

Hubby & I did this walk Sunday morning, it was lovely, we stopped quiet a few times to take photos along the way & it took us just over 2 hours, very well sign posted, next time I would take the suggestion of walking it clockwise.
Francesca Cant

Reviewed 3 Jul 2016, 2:22pm

We walked along this trail this morning.It was well-sign posted and very easy to stroll along. Great to see kayakers at Syd's Rapids-the halfway mark of the walk.
It took us an hour to complete the loop. A number of photo opportunities with our family along the large rock outcrops and river views of the Avon. We had a picnic at the end however the toilet facilities were closed.

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