Starting from the car park on Cathedral Avenue, off the Great Northern Highway, Brigadoon, this walk takes you on a circuit along Swan River via the Goat and Riverwalk tracks. The star point of the walk are Bells Rapids, a perfect spot for picniking and enjoying a lovely day out in the nature. The walk takes you along the bridge that crosses the Swan River and offers great views over the rapids. If you decide to go swimming be careful of the strong undercurrents. There are many fantastic vantage points along the trail to stop and the countryside and coastal plains. There are several rock pools along the river that make for an inviting dip on a hot day. This walk can get quite steep and rocky at points, and some sections aren't well marked. Although the climbs aren't long, the gradient will surely get the blood pumping. And take your four-legged friend with you. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the carpark on Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon, head along the dirt track to the left of the boom barrier marked with a 'No Trespassing' sign, heading downhill towards Swan River. Cross the bridge over Bells Rapids and continue ahead for about 80 metres, then head along the Goat Track (to the right) to continue the Bells Rapids Loop(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
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Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Bells Rapids Loop
1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)