Canning River loop (long)

DISTANCE: 23.5km GRADIENT: Consistently flat, although you may accidentally come across the odd set of stairs GRADE: Medium

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We won’t lie, this ride is easy to get lost on. We’d recommend travelling in an anti-clockwise direction as the path is easy to navigate and consistent until the Leach Highway… from there you’re on your own! No, not entirely. Our best advice is to either use Google Maps and follow the navigated route, or try and consistently aim for the river. You’ll be ducking and weaving through backstreets, occasional hit a shared/pedestrian path and then likely hit some kind of dead end. Probably not the best way to sell this ride, but we like you to know what you are in for.

The major positive of this ride is that it is consistently flat. Plus it’s scenic. If you are not blissfully coursing the Canning, you are riding alongside scrubland and parklands. In some ways it’s similar to the Swan River rides, though slightly more rugged and not so developed. The local council has some work to go in making this a continuous looped path.

In some ways, this ride is for the more experienced rider – it feels longer than it should and it is difficult to follow. But it is also flat and mostly on shared paths if not on quiet backstreets. However, if you are after a no-fuss ride, we recommend the shorter loop, perhaps tacked onto one of the Swan River loops (short or long) for added length.

Points of Interest

  • Riverton Bridge is where we hop from the south to the north side of the river. The reserve is a pretty park grounds with play equipment and succulent green lawns even at the tailend of summer! Kayaking and canoeing seem to be a favoured sport here and with barefoot kids and minimal traffic, you could be well and truely out of the city in this peaceful spot.
  • Lo Quay River Cafe is ideally located for this ride’s pick-me-up. Who doesn’t want a coffee at the halfway mark? They also do delicious breakfasts, lunch and snacks – so lock up your bike, kickback and relax beside the river.
  • Salter Point Reserve grabs its name from Samuel Salter who, during the 1880s, used the area as a landing point for timber logs floating down the river from Kelmscott and Jarrahdale.