I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Published September 14th 2012
Refresh and rejuvenate yourself down by the river
If you're feeling as though you'd like to connect with nature now that spring has arrived, but don't have the time or the finances to travel too far from Perth, the John George Walk Trail which makes its way through the Swan Regional Riverside Park from Woodbridge to Viveash, might be just what you're looking for.
Beginning at the large and popular Woodbridge Riverside Play Space near Guildford, and ending at the Reg Bond Park in Viveash, the trail is suitable for both walkers and cyclists. Following the river upstream, it meanders along the Swan River flood plains, passing large mature gum-trees, lush green pastures and a wonderful variety of wildflowers.
With busy roads far distant, only the sounds of nature surround you, and it's hard to believe that the city is so close. Native birds flit here and there, and a light breeze blows over the river. Looking across it, beautiful vistas of the Swan Valley vineyards and idyllic farmland can be appreciated.
Alternatively, for those who want to amble along slowly, taking in the beautiful scenery, there are plenty of rustic wood-hewn benches to rest on, as well as some very creative outdoor chess boards set onto tables. All you'll need to remember are your chess pieces.
The trail is also a terrific destination for picnickers, and right along it there are some perfect spots, overlooking the river, many of which have solid wooden picnic benches, barbecues and bins. Being set far away from busy roads, the path is also ideal as a spot where kids can develop their confidence on two wheels. As well as the extremely well-equipped and creative play area at Woodbridge, the Reg Bond Park at the other end also has some good, albeit much less flashy play equipment for children, so they'll definitely be happy to spend some time exploring the area.
In conclusion, the John George Walk Trail is definitely a great spot to while away a few hours over the weekend. There's something for everyone in the family, and the scenery is absolutely priceless. Best still, it's only half an hour from the Perth CBD, although that's hard to believe once you're here.