Starting from the Mount Henry Bridge Reserve car park off The Esplanade, Mount Pleasant, this walk takes you on a circuit around the Canning River between Mount Henry Bridge and Canning River Bridge. Canning River serves as a safe haven from the busyness and loudness of daily city life, without the need to leave the city. This satisfyingly short 7km loop is perfect for anyone looking for a change in scenery from the iconic Swan River. You'll have a distant view of the city, constant water views and a path you can't miss. You'll see plenty of locals ambling along these quiet paths, kids scooting about completely carefree, and the odd fisherman quietly dipping in the waters for a meal. Be sure to keep a lookout for the variety of birds and wildlife that call the Canning River home. The loop starts by crossing the Canning River along a walkway under Mount Henry Bridge. On the other side of the river, you'll come across a sandy reserve with a gravel path loop on the western side of Mount Henry Peninsula. It is well worth the deviation off the main path as it provides some good views of the river. The loop continues north along a path between the Canning River and the Kwinana Freeway. After about 3km, the path crosses the river via Canning Bridge, passing the Swan River Rowing Club. From Canning Bridge, the path is straddled by the quiet, mansion lined Esplanade and the Canning River. The loop continues south, passing Deep Water Point Reserve, a picturesque river edge location with grassy picnic areas under majestic trees, a boat ramp, a jetty and beach access. The iconic Deep Water Point Jetty provides some spectacular views of the Canning Rivers calm blue waters and the Perth skyline in the background. Facilities at the reserve include barbecues, picnic tables, benches, toilets and showers, a playground and a cafe. From Deep Water Point, the path continues for about 1.5km back to the Mount Henry Bridge Reserve to complete the loop. This is a fairly easy loop, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The path is well maintained and consistently flat, making it great for walking, running and cycling, and easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The path is popular and family-friendly, and the western side can get crowded on weekends. The eastern side is more shady and natural, although close to the highway in places. Keep an eye out for snakes, especially in the warmer months of the year. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Cranford Avenue Exit then drive for 350 m
Keep left and drive for another 35 m
Turn left onto Cranford Avenue and drive for another 320 m
Turn left onto The Esplanade and drive for another 610 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Mount Henry Bridge Reserve carpark off The Esplanade, Mount Pleasant, head along the sealed path on the left side of the carpark(facing away from the water). After passing the public toilets (to your right), turn left and head up towards Mount Henry Bridge, then head along the walkway under the bridge. At the end of the walkway, turn left and head down onto the sealed path on the other side of the river. Follow the sealed path ahead, keeping the river to your left, and continue the Canning River Short Loop.(counterclockwise)....
Directions & comments
Find the park at the start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 35 m turn left.
Then head up the steps (about 20 m long)
Turn left, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 25 m turn left, to head along Mandurah PSP.
Then cross the bridge (about 670 m long)
Turn left, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 80 m turn left.
After another 410 m turn left, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 710 m continue straight, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 490 m turn left.
After another 360 m to find the car park.
After another 7 m continue straight.
After another 170 m turn left, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 570 m continue straight, to head along Mandurah PSP.
After another 65 m turn right.
After another 10 m head down the steps (about 8 m long)
After another 25 m cross the bridge (about 145 m long)
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 110 m continue straight.
Head along the designated reddish path.
After another 590 m continue straight.
After another 480 m continue straight.
After another 320 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Dome Cafe Function Room" (15 m on your left).
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the "Dome Cafe" (15 m on your left).
After another 30 m veer right.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 90 m pass the BBQ (30 m on your left).
After another 5 m pass the playground (5 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the toilet (45 m on your right). This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 6 m pass the "Water Fountain" (40 m on your right).
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 205 m pass the "Playground" (30 m on your right).
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 10 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Canning River Short Loop
Smooth & flat
1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)