Blackwall Reach is a 500m stretch of cliffs situated near Point Walter on the lower Swan River in Bicton, just ten minutes from Fremantle. The cliffs reach up to 11 metres above water whilst plunging to depths of 25 metres below the salt water surface.
Cliff Jumping and rock climbing are the most popular activities here amongst thrill seekers with a variety of different spots and different heights to choose from. Signposts may warn against doing this, but signposts have never known how to have fun.
The jumps are relatively safe, as long as you stick to the places everyone else has jumped from (easy to tell by footprints, lack of vegetation etc.) Clear the cliff and the water is more than deep enough and free of submerged dangers. As for rock climbing, well there's 500m of cliff to traverse and scale... what more could you want!?
Jumpers and Climbers (Credit: Cassie Chai, Facebook)
Due to its location and geography, Blackwall Reach is a Fishing hotspot. The deep river water in close proximity to the ocean means many unusual catches have been reeled in - including Crayfish and big Dhufish.
You're much more likely to hook onto good sized Black Bream, Pinkies, Tarwhine. Mulloway and Flathead. Crabs are plentiful in it's depths, just be sure to get baits deep to avoid the worst of the blowies. I've found live bait, prawns or fresh fillets work best.
Where there's prey there's predators, and no predator is more welcome in this world than Dolphins. I can't count the number of times Swan Rivers resident Dolphins have come to ruin my chances of catching fish from Blackwall Reach, but they're always a spectacular sight.
They often get very close to the cliffs edge and stick around for hours eating and playing in big groups. We regularly see them clearing the water and swimming passively within touching distance of us.
Underneath the surface Blackwall Reach offers a myriad of interesting sights for scubadivers. The water is usually clear enough to have decent visibility, allowing you to watch fish, seahorses, dolphins and other marine life in their element amongst caves, cars and boat wrecks.
Above surface, the walk along the clifftop is dotted with vantage points to give photographers and those who like nice views great lookouts over Perth. From the various lookout spots you can see up and down river and north over the mansions dotted along the lower Swan.