Bells Rapids and Walyunga National Park

These two sites are either side of the Avon River in the Swan Valley, north east of the city. We took mum to the rapids when she was here in June. Because it had been raining for weeks, the river was well up and the rapids were pumping! There were HEAPS of people there, all enjoying a wander to the bridge to see the white water and a few brave souls paddling.

There are some lovely cafes in this part of the world. The day we went to the rapids we had coffee and lunch at Taylor’s but at other times we have picked up coffee at Yahava Roastery. There is loads to choose from along there, including chocolate factory and produce stores. A lovely way to spend a day on the Avon and in the Valley.

Today we went to the other side of the river, to Walyunga NP. The aim was to find some pink enamel orchids. We did the 4km Kangaroo Walk Trail and saw fringed lilies, spider orchids, red beaked orchids, blue China orchids, cow slip orchids, pink fairy orchids, trigger plants, drosera and many more. We also watched some black cockies and heard other birds in the trees.

Afterwards we decided to have a “cheeky glass of wine” and a cheese board. In the past we have enjoyed being at the Ugly Duckling but today there was a hens party, with all the guest wearing a wedding dress! So we headed instead to Lancaster which was lovey and quiet. Their rosé was delicious and the little cheese and meat combo we chose was a perfect accompaniment. A lovely day on the Avon and in the Valley.

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