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The Wall - Churchman's Brook
The Wall - Churchmans Brook Reserve
A rare example of a sheer granite wall in the Darling Scarp. Cut over millions of years into the side of the Canning Valley by the Canning River. A beautiful secluded and preserved area of bushland close to the city which most people are unaware of. At the foot of the Wall is a well vegetated terrace before the valley drops away again steeply to the sharp curve of the Canning River around the Brackenridge. Discovered by the early settlers the Wall was once a hiding place for the bushranger Moondyne Joe. On the run from the police yet again, he was hidden in a cave at the foot of the Wall by the Buckingham Family who knew the area well. They cut his chains and shackles off him and recycled the iron on their farm.
It was not until 1975 that a rock climbing enthusiast rediscovered the Wall which had slipped out of the local consciousness. it now is one of Perth's favourite rock climbing points and access has been improved. There are several wonderful walking trails in the area.
Not the easiest place to find, but easy once
you've done it once.....from the intersection of Canns Rd and Churchmans
Brook Rd and heading East towards Soldiers Rd....go along Churchman Brook
Road for about 1km and then turn left into a dirt road (where the Darling
Range Regional Park sign is). The dirt road leads to the carpark. The dirt
road winds around close to the fence line and is quite close to several
houses to start with. Carpark is at the end of the track after about 500m.
The walk into the bush is about 10-15 minutes. It is quite steep but steps
have been put in to help. There are now two different paths to the bottom of
the cliff...take the one to the right. The one to the left goes very close
to the top of the cliff and it is loose and dangerous. Warning for bush
walkers...the Wall has at least a 30 metre sheer drop and at the top there
is loose gravel and a sloping edge with no handholds...stay way clear.
Unfortunately break-ins have become fairly common at the carpark, so make
sure you take everything with you.
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