Syd's Rapids & Aboriginal Heritage Trail

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Syd's Rapids & Aboriginal Heritage Trail is a 5.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brigadoon, Western Australia, Australia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

5 km
104 m
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips




no dogs

The Syd’s Rapids and Aboriginal Heritage walk trails are located where the Walyunga National Park joins the Swan River, 40 kilometres north east of Perth. Taking half day or less to complete, the trails provide interpretation on the indigenous history, plants and animals and the history of white water rafting in this beautiful location. Walyunga National Park lies in the Darling Range, just behind the Darling Scarp. The Swan River runs through the centre of the park, forming a string of placid pools along the valley floor in summer, and a raging torrent with long series of rapids in winter. The latter provides one of the Australia's best white water canoeing courses and is part of the annual Avon Descent race each August. Walyunga contains one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites around Perth and was still in use by the Nyoongar people late last century. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been used by regional tribes for more than 6000 years. The easy 1.2-kilometre Aboriginal Heritage Trail meanders along the river bank, between Walyunga Pool and Boogarup Pool, and allows people to learn about Aboriginal myths and legends and see the park's plants and animals through the eyes of the original inhabitants. The park is also known for sensational wildflowers in winter and spring, abundant native animals and rugged valley scenery which can also be enjoyed on a number of other, longer loop trails Additional Info: Walyunga, is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm, There is plenty of parking at the main picnic sites, as well as gas barbecues, which may be used free of charge. A vehicle entrance fee is payable and camping may be arranged with the ranger. Trail information is available onsite and entry fees apply.