The Canning River Eco Education Centre has been specifically designed to cater for a wide range of activities.
Incorporating a number of sustainable design features, it includes an interpretive gallery, classroom and meeting/conference room.
Kitchen facilities allow for catering.
For information on how you can take advantage of the facilities at the Centre, please contact the Administration Officer on 9461 7160 or
The Centre's Surrounding Environment
Kent Street Weir
The Weir, built in 1927 to prevent salt water moving up river to the irrigated orchards and market gardens during the dry months, affected the ecology by confining estuarine plant populations downstream.
It was not very efficient and following construction of the dam in the Darling Range, a more effective weir was constructed.
The Weir is owned by the Department of Water. The Department of Parks and Wildlife is responsible for the efficient operation of the Weir.
The Weir footbridge is maintained by the City of Canning.
With panoramic views to the Canning River and the Regional Park, the Canning River Café is a popular meeting place.
Canning River Regional Park
The Canning River Regional Park, which extends 6 kms along the Canning River between the Shelley and Nicholson Road Bridges, is a significant reserve.
Covering around 266 hectares, the Park is unique, encompassing conservation values plus provision of recreational opportunities within a highly urbanised environment.
Comprising estuarine and riverine ecologies, plus open woodland and wetland regions, it is home to over 100 species of bird and a widely diverse range of flora and fauna.
Visit http://www.canningriverbirds.com/ to view photographs of the many species of birds found along the Canning River.
Exploring the Park
Walk or cycle the interpretive trails that run through the Park. The trails are all marked and contain informative signage about the ecology and history of the area. You can also explore the river by canoe or kayak.
View Lagoon to Living Streams Walk and Banksia Hill Loop Brochure
View Butterflies, Birds & Bridges Loop and Woodloes Walk Brochure
View Canning River Canoe Trail Stage 1 - Riverton Bridge to Mt Henry Bridge
View Canning River Canoe Trail Stage 2 - Riverton Bridge to Hester Park
View cycling by the Canning River video by Gary Tate
Castledare Miniature Railway
The Castledare Miniature Railway winds along the banks of the Canning River between Castledare Retirement Home (formerly the Castledare Boys Home) and the Kent Street Weir Park. Visit the Castledare Miniature Railway website for more information about public running days.