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Melville Water Riverpark Trail Melville Water Riverpark Trail

Urban Walk

Cycle, Gravel, Rail Trail, Touring, Road
 in Perth & Surrounds

  • 1-3 hours
  • 16 km

The Swan Canning Riverpark holds significant cultural and natural values for Perth, serving as an important feature of the city’s landscape. The Melville Water Riverpark Trail is a sixteen kilometre urban trail along the Swan River (Derbal Yarrigan), from Fremantle Traffic Bridge to Canning Bridge through some of Perth’s most unique southern foreshore reserves and parks.

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Melville Water Riverpark Trail aims to take you on a journey from Fremantle Traffic Bridge to Canning Bridge, showcasing the many different perspectives that exist in the Riverpark. These perspectives aim to enrich our knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural values of the Riverpark.

This sixteen kilometre trail stretches along some of Perth's most precious foreshore, boasting impressive views of Perth's city skyline. The trail is both walker and cycle friendly, and can be enjoyed anytime of the year.

While the trail is not marked by directional signage, the trail does have a number of points of interest, which can be accessed on your mobile smart phone. Also, look out for the wooden interpretation facilities at Bicton Baths, Point Walter and Heathcote. These interpretation facilities serve as an information portal, which provides invaluable information about the Riverpark's ecological, historical, and Noongar cultural & heritage values.

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Time / Duration

Time depends on mode of transport


32km return

What To Pack

Group A - Urban Trails (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Fremantle Traffic Bridge or Canning Bridge

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Trail End

Canning Bridge or Fremantle Traffic Bridge

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In most reserves surrounding the Swan Canning Riverpark, dogs are permitted but must be on a leash. However there are a number of locations where dogs are not allowed. Please note, dog exercise guidelines are administered by each local council and can vary, so please ensure you check each local council’s guidelines before bringing your dog. For a general guide, online lists of dog friendly parks in the Perth metropolitan area, please click here:
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Locker
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Coach Parking
  • Kiosk
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • All accessible toilet facilities
  • View Platform
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

All year round

Trail Access

Walk, cycle, or catch public transport from either Fremantle or Canning Bridge

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2 trail goers have rated Melville Water Riverpark Trail as 5 out of 5!

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David O'Connor

Reviewed 9 Sep 2018, 8:50pm

This is a solid walk but gives you some amazing views of the river, Perth and all the huge homes along the southern loop. You can catch the 910 bus back to Fremantle for $4.80. It's a lovely walk with not too many hills just give yourself lots of time.
Michelle Forgette

Reviewed 7 Aug 2018, 8:38am

My new favorite adventure! Amazing scenery and lovely bike path. The views along the path are incredible. You can see the Perth city skyline, the lovely flowing Swan River, and tons of people out enjoying the day along the path. If youre taking the train up from the south, you can get off at the Bull Creek station with your bike and its an easy 10 minute ride to the start of the trail on the river.

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