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Blackwall Reach east shore cliffs viewed from the north, from Freshwater Bay, Claremont.
Blackwall Reach east shore cliffs viewed from the west.

Blackwall Reach (Jenalup in Noongar) is a section of the Swan River in Western Australia.

It was named in the 1830s and referred to that part of the river, not just one side of the river or the other. In the twentieth century, the riverside land on the eastern bank that lies just south of Point Walter was specifically called Blackwall Reach. It contains limestone cliffs, and remnant vegetation adjacent to the river's edge.

The location is a popular spot to jump off the cliffs into the river and for rock climbing. However, since the creation and management of the clifftop reserve, signage advises against jumping.

Due to its location close to the ocean, unusual fish catches have sometimes occurred.

Prior to European settlement, the area was known to the Noongar indigenous people as Jenalup, a sacred place linked to the Dreaming stories.

  • Landscaping project for the reserve – 'About Melville', Mar 1993, p. 2.
  • Dickson, Rod (1994) Ships registered in Western Australia from 1856, Vol. 4, p. 32 concerning Molly – history of the barge a 66-ton barge that collided under tow with barge "Emerald" adjacent to Blackwall Reach on 16 April 1928.

Coordinates: 32°01′06″S 115°47′08″E / 32.0184°S 115.7855°E / -32.0184; 115.7855

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