An 11.2 km loop along the Swan River banks of Perth City, Heirisson Island, and South Perth. Cross the river at the Narrows Bridge and the Causeway and treat yourself to brilliant river and city views. Along the way make a stop at Heirisson Island and say hello to Perth's inner city kangaroo residents. Yep, that's right, roaming kangaroos all within minutes of downtown Perth.
Where else in the world could you pick up a coffee, casually stroll between skyscrapers and the water and then minutes later be relaxing on the grass next to a kangaroo? Take a walk along the Perth City and South Perth banks of the Swan River and all this plus more is yours to enjoy. There is plenty of bird life, people watching opportunities, grassy spots to take a rest and the possibility of a dolphin sighting in the waters of the mighty Swan. And Black Swans, plenty of Black Swans (hence the name of the river).
Being so close to the city this walking loop is easily accessed by car and public transport. The most obvious starting point is Elizabeth Quay, which is right in the city and is home to a train station and plentiful bus services provided by the nearby Elizabeth Quay bus port.
The path is flat and very well serviced the whole way. Although a popular spot for Perth locals to work up a sweat the loop is perfectly suited for a leisurely stroll enjoyed over a morning or afternoon. If you are more of a night owl this walk is ideally suited for a night walk, sure the Kangaroos on Heirisson Island will be impossible to spot but the glow of the city lights viewed from the South Perth foreshore should keep you captivated.
The loop walk can start and end at many different locations due to proximity to public transport and parking. However, the most obvious sections are as follows.
Elizabeth Quay to Heirisson Island via South Perth
Before starting out on the walk take the time to explore Perth's newest attraction, Elizabeth Quay, which opened in January 2016. As a relatively new attraction, there is still plenty of construction but a visit to the Bell Tower, BHP Billiton Water Park, Spanda (a massive art installation), the footbridge and the dining options on Barrack Street Jetty are well worth a walk.
To get to the other side of the river either take the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to Mends Street Jetty or better yet walk across the Narrows Bridge. If you cross via the western side of the bridge you will see brilliant views of Kings Park, the Old Swan Brewery, and expansive Swan River views. Via the east side of the bridge are excellent city and foreshore views.
After crossing the Narrows Bridge take in the views of the Perth CBD from the South Perth Foreshore. The South Perth foreshore has extensive parkland so is a perfect spot for a rest, especially at night when the City of Perth lights up.
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