Helena Valley Road

Helena Valley Road is a relatively minor route in Perth’s semi-rural eastern suburbs. In the early years it linked the Kalamunda-Midland road (now Midland and Military Roads) with farmland and the small village in the Helena River valley.

Originally, Helena Valley Road ran due west across Kadina Brook until it hit the Upper Darling Range Railway reserve, then turning northwest to parallel the line. Where the current overpass is, the original road turned west to cross a level crossing before terminating at a staggered T-junction with Midland Road, Military Road and Bushmead Road.

In 1983, as part of the construction of Roe Highway, an overpass was constructed to link Helena Valley Road with Bushmead Road. A 1km long realignment of Helena Valley Road was constructed to provide a smooth approach to the new overpass.

Most of the old pavement is still intact, albeit quite overgrown, providing access to the rear of lots facing the new Helena Valley Road.

Helena Valley Road 1953 (Source: Landgate)


Helena Valley Road 2009 (Source: Nearmap)

Photos of Helena Valley Road - original alignment
Looking west at the eastern end of the old alignment, show the split of the old (left) and new (right) alignments.
Photo taken: February 2012.
Looking east along the old alignment to the crossing of Kadina Brook which is located in the area covered in leaves just past the telegraph pole.
Photo taken: February 2012.
Looking east approximately 200m along the old alignment as it descends to cross Kadina Brook.
Photo taken: February 2012.
Looking west from the same spot.
Photo taken: February 2012.
Looking east near the curve adjacent to the rail reserve. The houses in the background have recently been constructed, slowly changing the alignment from rural to urban.
Photo taken: February 2012.
Looking west as the old alignment curves northwards to parallel the railway reserve.
Photo taken: February 2012.
Looking north alongside the rail reserve. Note the overgrown slowly reclaiming the old pavement.
Photo taken: February 2012.

A southerly view along the heavily overgrown section alongside the rail reserve.
Photo taken: February 2012.

Looking north alongside the rail reserve. You can just make out a series of large boulders which have been placed across the old alignment to prevent vehicle access to the last 200m or so of remnant pavement.
Photo taken: February 2012.

Last updated 24 February 2012
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