We all deserve to be able to adventure on the trails of Perth, and there are so many beautiful wheelchair and pram friendly options that we just had to share them. From riverside trails, to waterfall adventures, here is our list of top wheelchair and pram friendly trails in Perth.
John George Trail, Woodbridge
We kick things off with the beautiful riverside John George Trail in Woodbridge. At 5km return, you can follow the sealed path through the Swan Regional Riverside Park from Woodbridge. There is a nature play area at the turn around point halfway through for an opportunity for the kids to play, before returning, and the Woodbridge Riverside Park and Playspace is your starting and finishing point. The trail is very flat and even, and provides the perfect introduction to being out in nature. We recommend parking at the Woodbridge Riverside Park, and enjoying a coffee at the end of your trail adventure.
Perth Bridges, South Perth or Perth CBD
If you are up for 10km, this is the perfect way to explore the Swan River from both South Perth and the Perth CBD. We recommend starting your journey from Coode Street Jetty in South Perth, although you can easily join the path at any point. This trail will take you along the river’s edge for a beautiful waterfront 10km loop, exploring the South Perth Foreshore, the Causeway, Elizabeth Quay, the Narrows, and back through South Perth. You can deviate from the path to enjoy an added loop around Heirisson Island to witness Kangaroos just a hop and a skip from the city, although this trail is not sealed.
Check out our article on Perth’s Best Walks here!
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, Bellevue to Mt Helena
This unsealed trail gives you a fantastic opportunity to experience some of Perth’s beautiful history as you head along the loop of the old Eastern Railway that formerly linked Fremantle to York in the late 1880s. Although it is unsealed, it is a very even and wide trail that allows plenty of space for you to take it in at your own pace, and for other cyclists and walkers to pass on by without stress. You can start at John Forrest National Park and navigate your way by the Hovea Falls and the National Park Falls within the park, or head to the Swan View Tunnel, however entering the tunnel is not recommended for wheelchairs and prams.
Photo by @brad_sertorio
Check out our guide to John Forrest National Park here!
Kings Park Law Walk
There are so many trails through Kings Park, but we recommend the Law Walk as the ultimate experience of trails within Kings Park. It is a 2.5 km loop walk that provides visitors with scenic views of the Swan River and a unique insight into biodiversity along the Mount Eliza escarpment. Head out there during spring for magnificent wildflowers, or enjoy at any time of year knowing that you can access shade, water, views, and coffee at one of the local Park cafes at the end.
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Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow
Located a beautiful 50 minute drive from Perth, Lake Leschenaultia will provide its visitors with a glorious 3km loop experience around the iconic lake. The trail is unsealed, however it is easily navigated, with minimal gradient, and mostly wide enough for others to pass by. Make a weekend out of it and camp at the Lack Leschenaultia campgrounds, or enjoy a picnic and a paddle by the water, with kayak hire, and a cafe right by the lake.
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Check out our guide to Lake Leschenaultia here!
The beautiful 8km loop around Herdsman Lake will showcases a diversity of landscapes ranging from expansive views over open waters, to dense wetland rushes, fragments of remnant of paperbark and flooded Gum woodland. You can enjoy this sealed loop trail while including the Olive Seymour Boardwalk. We recommend starting at the Heron Place carpark which is just off Lakeside Drive.
Photo by @dschluter_aerialimages
Jenna Biddi Yorga, Black Wall Reach, Bicton
The name of this trail means “women’s feet walking on the path”, in Whadjuk Noongar, and is of significant aboriginal importance, as one one of the many dreaming trails which traverse along the Swan and Canning Rivers. Journey along the edge of cliffs, on this fabulous 4km trail from Point Walter Reserve to Bicton Baths return. This is only a small section of the Jenna Biddi Yorga, however with amazing views, cafes, and sealed surfaces, this covers the highlights of the trail.
Photo by @wildnlethaltrash5
About the author:
Kate Gibson runs a hiking tour company called The Hike Collective, which provides guests with a safe place to find movement, connection and nature, while enjoying some of the best trails Perth has to offer.
Cover photo via Lake Leschenaultia