Location: Lagoon to Living Streams Trail, Canning River Park
Distance: 4.8km return
Grade: 1 - Easy
Trail Marker: Unmarked, download kml file below.
Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Date Rode: 31st January 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
With hubby currently riding the Munda Biddi, we had been doing a little more riding locally and decided to head down to check out some of the Canning River trails. With only a few hours up our sleeve we chose the Lagoon to Living Streams Trail as the end point, Bannister Creek is only a few km's from home. This is a really nice easy going trail that follows the banks of the Canning River along well maintained paths accessible for walkers, cyclists, runners and also wheelchair friendly.
We started at Bannister Creek, a nice little location which actually brought back lots of great memories as I realized that was the place we use to go for our Photography lessons in high-school. Some of my favorites images were taken here as a kid.
Bannister Creek is looked after by the Urban Waterways Renewal Project who are committed to restoring the lower sections of the creek to an attractive parkland and Living Stream whilst maintaining it's storm water function. A "Living Stream" is a simple drain that has been converted to a functioning ecosystem. Living streams are a haven for plants and animals as well as a place of reflection and learning for the people who visit.
The project takes on the task of eradicating weed, planting natural vegetation and installing rock riffles to capture sediment and increase oxygen levels in the water and they have done an amazing job of giving the creek a more natural shape with meanders, riffles, fringing sedges, gentle sloping banks and thick vegetation on the banks.
As we made our way along the trail immersing ourselves in nature, we were greeted with an array of colours from the deep reds of the 'Red Flowering Gum' to the thick grey papery bark of the 'Melaleuca Tree' to the pale whites of the 'White Gum Tree' blossoms.
It wasn't long before we reached one of the many park areas along this trail, Bicentennial Adenia Park.
Located within the Canning River Regional Park the park is a popular thoroughfare for people passing through south side of the Canning River. The park has some of the best estuarine vegetation in the Swan Canning Riverpark with a wide diversity of habitats including a salt water estuary and islands.
The area is a popular location with the locals used for bushwalking, dog exercising, cycling, and picnicking. There are many informal tracks that lead through the swamp to areas alongside the river which has over 100 species of birds recorded in.
This area is also very significant to the Australian Sikh community as this site was once a Sikh cremation site and has been on the State Heritage List since 1977. The history is quite fascinating and rather in depth so rather then provide all the information here, it's probably just as easy to redirect you to the dedicated WA Sikh Cremation Page. You can check it all out here.
Construction work has begun in Bicentennial Adenia Park for the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail which is due for completion in March of this year. This is a joint project between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Sikh Community of Western Australia and the City of Canning.
The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail will tell the history of the Sikh community in Western Australia, including the significance of Adenia Park, as well as communicate the natural and cultural heritage values of the Canning River.
The project is funded by a Lotterywest grant, with further part funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions as well as the Sikh Community of Western Australia.
Once it is completed I plan on heading back and will post our review on what should be quite an interesting trail.
As we continued on we admired the many places provided for families to spend a lazy afternoon, picnicking under the shade of one of the many trees. We found the parkland to be very well looked after, not a scrap of rubbish anywhere which is surprising for high traffic areas so kudo's to City of Canning for keeping such a beautiful reserve clean and tidy for the public to enjoy.
We finally neared what would be the starting point for many, firstly crossing the wooden boardwalk leading out to first sights of Riverton Bridge passing over the Canning River. The Canoe River Landing Ramp is a busy little location as kayak and boat enthusiasts launch from this point, in high tide anyway. As you can see in the pictures below the tide was out quite considerably on this day.
Final part of the trail is to cross Riverton Bridge from Riverton Bridge Park over to the Fern Park Playground, a very popular family hangout with a nature based theme and super handy for mums and dads who need their coffee fix, with Lo Quay River Cafe right next door.
This was a really easy family friendly ride. The banks of Riverton Bridge Park is a great location to watch the sunrise so I dare say this will be one we do more often.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.