For the past three walks I have set foot in some great wildflower areas of the Perth metropolitan area. Sure it is spring, but I have had enough of chasing flowers. Time for a change, time to take a walk along the Swan River. Today's metrotrek takes me from Canning Bridge train station to the Fremantle train station via the southern bank of the Swan River, part of the so called "Three Bridges Loop". I have walked along this stretch of the Swan River previously but wanted to try a few detours this time to visit landmarks such as Point Walter Spit and Point Heathcote Reserve. It is also a great walk.
The main reason for the walk is definitely to visit Point Walter Spit. No, I am not walking 10's of kilometres to see some guy named Walter and his ejected saliva. A spit is a sand bar and in the case of Point Walter Spit this sand bar stretches deep into the Swan River, about 900 meters in fact. But like many sand bars you have to be careful with tides, the Swan River is tidal after all. I'm usually a morning walker but if I want to visit Point Walter Spit today I have to time my walk to meet the mid-afternoon low tide.
After a hearty lunch I head down to Esplanade train station and get off at Canning Bridge train station, only one stop away. I did think about walking to Canning Bridge train station from Perth city, however better judgement got the better of me. Did I really want to walk next to the six lane Kwinana Highway and the Mandurah train line for 7kms? Doesn't sound like a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll (believe me, I have walked along there before).
The first place of interest on the walk is the aptly named Canning Bridge (the train station is obviously named after the bridge, not the other way around).