Cycling & walking trails

Walking and riding are great ways to fit physical activity into your everyday life. Think about the local trips you make such as going to work, study or the shops, dropping kids at school or visiting friends. Which of these can you do by walking or riding.

The City of Swan is home to many outdoor parks and attractions. The Trails, Parks and Picnics Guide(PDF, 6MB) provides an overview of some of the walk trails, parks, picnic areas and playgrounds within the City.

Covering the areas of Guildford, Midland, Swan Valley, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup and Millendon, the guide is a useful tool for exploring and finding walk trails, family friendly cycle routes, great drive trails and a park or playground to have your next picnic.

The guide(PDF, 6MB) also includes information on a number of bushwalking trails including:

  • Bells Rapid Walk Trail, incorporating the River Walk and the Goat
  • Noble Falls Walk Trail
  • F R Berry Walk Trail
  • Wandoo Heights Walk Trail

One of WA’s first towns, Guildford is steeped in history. Its beautiful buildings, rich heritage and proximity to the Swan Valley continue to charm the thousands of tourists who visit the area each year. Guildford is ideally suited to exploration on foot, and has four self-guided heritage walking trails(PDF, 14MB).

The River Ramble passes the historic Rose and Crown Hotel (built in 1841) and Padbury’s Store (1869), while the Stirling Square Circuit incorporates the best of the Meadow Street precinct including the Guildford Gaol (1841), the Courthouse (1866) and Taylor’s Cottage. There’s also the Captain Stirling Walk and the Town Walk to enjoy.

The trails start and finish at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, and range from 20 minutes to just over one hour.

Whiteman Park is ten times the size of Kings Park and home to a heap of incredible facilities, events and attractions for the whole family.

Explore the beautiful banksia bushland and catch a glimpse of grey kangaroos or a black-gloved wallaby on one of three bush trails or the extensive bike paths.

You can also enjoy other attractions such as the Children's Forest and Caversham Wildlife Park (entry fee applies for the Wildlife Park). Picnic areas are open seven days a week from 8.30am until 6pm and admission is free.

Cycling is a means of transport for many people. The City's CycleConnect Strategy, adopted by Council in November 2012, supports this low impact form of transport. The strategy guides the development of safe cycle lanes and better connections to and within Midland as well as other parts of the City.

Due to more and more people riding bikes, plenty of bike racks have been installed in our City. Keep an eye out for the bike parking symbol. If, while riding, you come across a location that really needs bike parking, please let us know.

For recreational cyclists, the City of Swan has many cycle routes within its boundaries, including the beautiful Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail(PDF, 2MB). This 12km off-road cycle path takes you along West Swan Road between Swan Street, Guildford and Henley Street, Henley Brook. 

The Swan Valley is cycle friendly

With a range of cycling routes(PDF, 2MB), the Swan Valley is packed with cycle friendly businesses that are set up to make your visit via bicycle easy and enjoyable. Obtain a full list of participating businesses, which can be identified by a cycle friendly sticker, from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre.