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Firstly, if you’re planning on exploring a walk trail this summer; here are a few tips to remember:

  • Don’t overestimate your abilities.  Choose a trail that is suitable for the least fit or youngest member of your walking group.
  • Avoid walking during the hottest part of the day. Start early to skip the heat.  
  • Tell someone where you are walking and what time you expect to be back.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after your walk. In hot weather, bring at least 2 litres of water per person.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen whenever you’re outside walking.
  • Wear sturdy, comfortable and enclosed shoes. Save the thongs for the beach.
  • Snakes are more active during summer, so watch where you’re putting your feet and avoid walking through long grass. If you do spot a snake, leave it alone. Move away quickly and calmly. 

And here are five family friendly suggestions ...

1. Jenna Biddi Yorga, Blackwall Reach, Bicton

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.


2. Penguin Island Boardwalk & Walk Trail, Shoalwater

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.

3.  Dwerta Mia Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park

Time: 30 minutes

Length: 1 km

Difficulty: Grade 1 /Easy


Less than an hours drive (north) from Perth is the Dwerta Mia Walk Trail in Yanchep National Park. This short, family friendly walk is just perfect to introduce your kids to nature. Featuring interpretative signage, visiting ‘Dwerta Mia’ - the ‘house of the wild dog’ - will give you a unique experience of Australia through the eyes of Aboriginal culture as well as a better understanding of how the limestone environment has formed over hundreds of thousands of years.

(NOTE:  Check trail conditions - bushfire in the area in December 2019)

4.  Karlinyah Bidi, Rottnest Island

Time: 1-3 hours

Length: 5.9 km

Difficulty: Grade 4 / Difficult


The Karlinyah Bidi trail guides you through the beautiful bays of the northern beaches on Rottnest Island. The island can be accessed by ferry, and takes about 25 minutes from Fremantle Port. The trail connects to Gabbi Karniny Bidi, through the salt lakes, and Wardan Nara Bidi, at Narrow Neck. It can be started from either Little Parakeet Bay or Rocky Bay near Narrowneck. The beautiful Stark Bay will entice you to take your shoes off and wade through the crystal blue shores and you are bound to experience an abundance of wildlife soaking up the suns rays. 

5.  Butterflies, Birds & Bridges Trail, Canning River, Wilson

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.




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