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Logistics:  Distance: 9kms   Difficulty: easy


Bicton Baths to Point Walter is a 9.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Perth, Western Australia, Australia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips.



Description

This is a short walk along the lower part of the Swan River. You can start at either Bicton Baths (parking off Braunton or Phipps st) or Park near Henry Jeffery Oval on Jerrat St. There are riverside paths for much of the way and once you pass the limestone cliffs of Blackwall Reach you can follow the foreshore - especially at low tide. There are some nice lookouts along the top of Blackwall Reach - a favorite place for people to jump off into the river. Take care as people regularly come a cropper and end up getting hauled out. Once you reach Point Walter you can walk out on the sandbar/spit - again best at low tide - see tide times for Bicton. To the local Aborigines the Blackwall Reach/Point Walter area is known as Jenalup or Dyundalup. The most sacred part of the area is the cliffs along Blackwall Reach.

 In aboriginal culture it was traditionally a place for women and children (N. Nannup, pers. comm.). Before white settlement the Beeliar family group (clan) occupied the area. The Beeliar clan is part of the Whadjuk, being one of the 14 language groups, which occupy the Nyungar region in the South-West of WA. One of the many dreaming trails which run along the Swan River passed through the area now known as Point Walter and Blackwall Reach. The Swan River is highly significant to the Nyungar people, as, in the dreaming, the river was made by the Waugal rainbow serpent. The dreaming trail on the southern side of the river is the Yorga (women’s) trail and the men’s trail is found on the northern side. The sand bar, which stretches out from the point, is the connection between these two trails (C. Pitulej, pers. comm.). 

In the summer months the large variety of plants and animals in the area provided the Aborigines with an abundance of food and other resources such as string made from the native wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) and gum from the marri (Corymbia calophylla - formerly Eucalyptus calophylla). Blackwall Reach Reserve has been Crown land since the late 1800’s. Commander L. S. Dawson R. N. Admiralty Surveyor named the area Blackwall Reach in 1896 – probably after Blackwall Reach on the Thames River near Greenwich. In the early 1900’s, the Melville Road Board (now Melville City Council) received complaints regarding the “neglected and unimproved state” of Point Walter. From 1907 to 1912, negotiations ensued with the Minister for Lands for the Melville Road Board to take control of the reserve. The Melville Road Board soon decided that land communication with Point Walter was essential since river steamers did not provide an adequate service and the road to Point Walter was “little better than a bush track” (Uren 1975). In 1915 a tram service was established to Point Walter. It was not a successful operation. The service rarely showed a profit except in the summer months (Uren 1975). The tram service did bring Point Walter to life, however. It became a popular picnic spot and restaurants and a dance floor were established. Old residents recall the tram still running in the early 1950’s. It was probably closed down soon after this time. Concrete foundations at the northern end of the reserve are all that remains of a tram stop.



History: 

To the local Aborigines the Blackwall Reach/Point Walter area is known as Jenalup or Dyundalup. The most sacred part of the area is the cliffs along Blackwall Reach. 

Blackwall Reach Reserve has been Crown land since the late 1800’s. 
Commander L. S. Dawson R. N. Admiralty Surveyor named the area Blackwall Reach in 1896 – probably after Blackwall Reach on theThames River near Greenwich. 















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Point Walter 
Sandbar / Toilets  / Cafe / Parklands


Blackwall Reach
20 hectare nature reserve 


Bicton Baths
Historical Landmark for bathing
paths and view points along the river to sailing club

Trails North along the river 2 kms to reach the 20 hectare Nature resevre 

















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Point Walter

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Name & UrlTheme & FeaturesDistance from Jetty
Jenalup Beach Reclusive beach and cliff climbers start point S.West 610m soft steps down from concrete path 
Trails Bicton / Point Walter Blackwall reach trails hike walk and ride  
Point Walter Jetty Jetty 
Point Walter Golf Course  South 800m 
Blackwall Reach Nature reserve 20 hectares, trails, cliffs SWest 300m 
Cliffs at Blackwall Reach Cliffs views jumping SW 800m trails, parking 
Car parking Parking / trailers: 150 bays S.East 350m 
Point Walter Reserve Carpark Parking: 40 cars S 50m 
Boat ramp 2 Boat ramp S.East 500m 
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Trails




Bicton / Point Walter / Blackwall reach

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Name / URLDistance / Elevation / SurfaceFeaturesYY.MM comments
Point Walter Sandbar 1000 / 0 / sand /  tide low in morning / afternoon sections lost to water 20.04 google mapping 360 trail 
Jenna Biddi Yorga 2000m / 18m / hard surface Nature reserve / cliff views over river 20.04 google mapping path 360 trail 
loop Bicton Baths Quarantine Park 1km 1000m / 18m /  cap par, toilets, riverside views, trails, historical Icons 20.04 drafted 
Centre Point Walter 800m 800m / 12 m / hard surface Dog Beach East to BBQ hill top centre 20.04 drafted 
Loop 9km riverside 9000m / 20m /  Sandbar / Nature trails, Road, baths, river views 20.04 drafted 
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Icons Swan River

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Name & URLTheme / FeaturesDistance from Liz QuayDate yy.mm / comment
Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout lookout in Rivervale N.West  2019.10.28 virtual tour 
Matagarup Bridge Bridge cross river east Perth to Burswood N.East 3km or 4.3km by river  
Point Fraser recreation precinct Boardwalk, Bars and restaurants East 2.2km / 2.4km by river channel Pier for drop off 
Bayside Kitchen Cafe Restaurant West 4.2km / 4.4km river channel google map only 
Point Walter Jetty Jetty, boat ramp, Picnic area, Sandbar S.West 8.7km / 9.6km river channel  
JoJo's Cafe Cafe on river (google map) SW 4.5km / 6.5km river channel  
Coode St Jetty South Perth Jetty, Boat ramp, riverwalk, Cafe S.East 1.8km / 2.4km by river channel  
Claisebrook Cove 500m inlet in East Perth, Bars and Restaurants, gated community N.East 2.3km straight / 4.5km river channel - ferry service  
Burswood Jetty Jetty to Optus Stadium N.West 3km / 4.5km by river channel - ferry service  
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Event date / locationEvent typeTitle / summaryVenue / hostPublication link
2020.07.18 East Vic Park Food and Drink Just like being in Bangkok Bangkok Street Thai Grill House fbk page wabiz - pcis n vid 
2020.07.21 Kings Park Icons of the trail awesome views of city and Swan river MT Eliza Lookout fbk page wa trails pics 
2020.06.18 Claisebrook cove East Perth Trail: Public art 3km walk or ride 25 Icons Loop CC Art trail fbk grp wa tourism 
2020.06.06 South Perth bike hire trails on the swan river sunset walk / ride Spinway bike hire station @ Peninsula fbk page central 
2020.05.26 Point Walter Trail - reclusive beach river, trails, picnic, fishing views Jenalup Beach fbk grp wa tourism 
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