Syd’s Rapids & Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Walyunga NP Syd’s Rapids & Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Walyunga NP
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About Syd’s Rapids & Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Walyunga NP
Walyunga National Park lies in the Darling Range, just behind the Darling Scarp. The Swan River runs through the centre of the park, forming a string of placid pools along the valley floor in summer, and a raging torrent with long series of rapids in winter. The latter provides one of Australia's best white water canoeing courses and is part of the annual Avon Descent race each August.
Walyunga contains one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites around Perth and was still in use by the Nyoongar people late last century. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been used by regional tribes for more than 6000 years.
The easy 0.8km (1.6km return), Aboriginal Heritage Trail meanders along the river bank, between Walyunga Pool and Boongarup Pool, and allows people to learn about Aboriginal myths and legends and see the park's plants and animals through the eyes of the original inhabitants.
Syd's Rapids continues another 1.75km (3.5km return) along the river from Boongarup Pool to the Rapids and returns by the same path.
The park is also known for sensational wildflowers in winter and spring, abundant native animals and rugged valley scenery which can also be enjoyed on a number of other, longer loop trails
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Time depends on whether you do one or both trails
5.1km if you do both trails
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
The trail starts at the Walyunga Pool car park, Walyunga NP 1 hour north east of Perth
No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
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FacilitiesCamping may be arranged with the Ranger
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- 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
Prohibited ItemsNo pets or fires are permitted in the National Park
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