BUSH WALKING

 

Hike the beautiful bush walking trails on our doorstep

 

Take a meandering stroll or an invigorating hike through the bush to enjoy spotting wildlife, see a huge range of plant species or just enjoy the feeling of being dwarfed amidst the south west’s famous Karri, Marri and Jarrah trees. 
Pack a picnic and head to one of the lovely swimming spots along the Margaret River or lace up your trail runners and head over to the Colonial Brewery for a refreshing pint.  The cafes and shopping in the town site is just a fifteen minute bush walk away, and the scenery along the way gives a lovely chance to wind down and enjoy the perfect Margaret River experience.


There are a huge amount of trails surrounding the mill ranging from an easy 20 minute perimeter wander to something more substantial.

  • The Old Chimney Walk (2.7km medium grade) departs from Wharncliffe Mill and takes in the original mill site and the old chimney.
  • The Big Brook Walk Loop (3.4km easy grade) trail or the Pine Plantation Walk (1.7km with small steep grades) offers a diverse range of scenic experiences.
  • The Ten Mile Brook (18km return to the Mill) has an easy gradient with picnic facilities at the half way point of Ten Mile Brook. This trail starts by winding along the edge of Margaret River traversing through a diverse range of ever-changing landscapes.

There are several interesting walks into town including:

  • The Rails to Trails passes Wharncliffe Mill on its way from Cowaramup to the Margaret River town centre.  Set off along the trail to see Bramley Brook, the Margaret River, walk across the old railway bridge and see other local points of interest.  The huge popularity of this trail has led to plans to extend this track from Busselton, all the way to Augusta, via Wharncliffe Mill and Margaret River.
  • The Minnie Keenans Trail (1.8km easy grade) is a beautiful track that follows the Margaret River into town.
  • Take an extended route via Long road, through Bramley National Park to the Weir for a picnic, then on into town via Willmott Ave.

For those with young children, hire a bike or a baby hiking carrier to make the most of the trails, or just stick close to the facility where there is a range of tracks suited to young children.

 

trail map

 

Click on the map above for a link to a larger trail map of the area (courtesy Shire of Augusta Margaret River).

 

Feel your way along the sensory trail

 

Children (and children at heart) can get a different perspective of the bush by wearing a blindfold and feeling their way along the bush sensory trail.  The trail includes a few little obstacles to challenge the little ones and has a rope to follow, ensuring they stay on track.  Adult supervision is required.

 

Go nature spotting

 

As the seasons change, so too does the natural landscape and resident wildlife.  In spring the profusion of wildflowers brighten the forest with their pretty flowers and stunning colourful detail.  In summer the wildlife comes out to play and you can spot many a goanna or bobtail lizard catching a few rays of sun, or see a kangaroo hopping across the campground.  In autumn have fun spotting the many intriguing and odd species of wild mushrooms and hearing the brilliant bird calls in the forest. Throughout winter everything comes alive with nature’s vivid greens, which is when many say it is best to explore the bountiful rivers and babbling brooks.  Winter is a great time for hiking or cycling through the forest, with the crisp clean air and lush abundance enlivening all of your senses.


Spot frogs, possums, kookaburras, lizards, kangaroos and a diverse range of native plants and trees around the facility.  Find, photograph and identify a new species of plant or animal to add to our register to get your name on our ‘Champion Wildlife Spotter’ list.  Post your photo on our Facebook page to go in the draw for a great prize. Twitchers will delight in the resident birdlife, with many rare sightings reported.  Kids will love heading out with a torch to see the nocturnal activities of our wonderful wildlife!  Groups can even have a wildlife expert from the Department of Parks and Wildlife take them out on a guided walk, to learn about the forest creatures by day or night!

 

Take on an orienteering or geocaching challenge

 

Set up your own orienteering challenge, or go geocaching to go on a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.

 

 

 

Enjoy just relaxing amidst nature
(image courtesy of www.margaretriver.com)

 

Rejuvenate with an invigorating hike
(image courtesy of Tourism WA)

Be awed by nature's giants (image courtesy of Tourism WA)

 

Ride In - Ride Out

RIDE-IN RIDE-OUT

to the exhilarating

mountain bike trails

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WALK TRAILS

Reinvigorating walks

on our doorstop

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RAILS TO TRAILS

Popular walk & cycle trail

at the end of our driveway

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CAMPING

camp amidst the Jarrah, Marri and Karri trees

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ALL SEASONS

Huge undercover area

for all seasons