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Walyunga National Park, The Pilgrim Trail and Bells Rapids, Perth, Western Australia

20th of August 2017

An adventure in the hills of Walyunga National Park followed by a walk along a flowing Swan River and dodging crowds at Bells Rapids.

  • Location: Walyunga National Park and Bells Rapids, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Start or End: I started at the bus stop on the corner of the Great Northern Highway and Walyunga Road and finished at the bus stop on the corner of the Great Northern Highway and Argyle Street (both via bus 311 to/from Midland Train Station). On hindsight, I would suggest ending the walk at either the junction of Cathedral Avenue and the Great Norther Highway or Copley Road and the Great Northern Highway (both with 311 bus stops). I went the long way because I wanted to follow the Pilgrim Trail, but I wouldn’t bother going all the way to Argyle Street. Please remember that the 311 bus is low frequency, especially on the weekend. If you have a car, there are car parks within Walyunga National Park and Bells Rapids.
  • Length: 26.1km (16.2mi)
  • Grade: Tough. Many steep gravel paths in Walyunga National Park and it can get very muddy and slippery along the Pilgrim Trail from Swan River to Bells Rapids (a couple of trees also block the path and watch the level of the river). There are also long stretches of walking along roads (but if you take my suggestions above you can miss most of the road walks).

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