Firstly, if you’re planning on exploring a walk trail this summer; here are a few tips to remember:
And here are three family friendly suggestions ...
Time: Less than 1 hour
Length: 2.1 km
Difficulty: Grade 1/Easy
The Jenna Biddi Yorga is not only an excellent summer walk trail; but it’s also a special place for the Whadjuk Noongar people. The 2.1km trail runs along the cliff tops of Blackwall Reach, from Bicton Baths to Point Walter, taking you on a river journey to learn about the cultural significance of the area - including the white sands which were once a birthing place for Whadjuk women. Walkers can learn more about the Jenna Biddi Yorga by downloading the free Geotourist app for a guided audio tour from Whadjuk Elders, Marie Taylor and Noel Morich.
Time: 1-3 hours
Length: 1.5 km
Difficulty: Grade 1 / Easy
Located 45 minutes south of Perth, Penguin Island is home to WA’s largest colony of Fairy Penguins, making it a magnet for nature lovers. The trail follows a network of timber boardwalks around the island, giving you the chance to spot these shy penguins in their natural habitat. Along with walking, Penguin Island offers plenty of other summer activities to enjoy, including swimming, snorkelling and windsurfing. Whatever adventure you choose, it’s important to stick to the designated trails and beaches as the island is a bird sanctuary. The trail starts at the Penguin Experience Island Discovery Centre, which you can reach via a 5-minute ferry ride across the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.
Time: 1-3 hours
Length: 4 km (Loop)
Difficulty: Grade 1 /Easy
Located in Canning River Regional Park, only 20 minutes from Perth, The Butterflies, Birds and Bridges Trail is perfect for a family summer adventure. The 4km loop trail follows the river, leading you through wetlands, lagoons, meadows, and paperbark forest. Along the way, see if you can spot any of the 97 bird species that live in the park, including swamp hens, ibis, pelican, egret, ducks and spoonbills. The trail is wheel chair, pram and cycle friendly, making it easily accessible for all ages and fitness levels.