Australia: The Ghost House Trail, Yanchep National Park
|Yanchep National Park|
This was my first visit to Yanchep National Park. Being only a three quarter of an hour drive from where I was staying, it was a convenient place to check out for the day. Bank Holiday Monday, when I hit the road, there were few cars out, and I made good time.
I paid the $12 park entry fee, parked up and went to the visitors centre to register for the walk. Within the park, walks over a few kilometres require you to fill out a form detailing your plans and emergency contacts. Were this the UK, I would consider it health and safety madness and overkill, but I guess here, aside from the usual risk of injuries like sprained ankles, there are things that could potentially kill you.
To start the walk from the Visitor Centre, you head down to where the two kilometre circular Wetlands Walk Trail laps Wagardu Lake (also known as Loch McNess). I passed a mob of kangaroos lazily enjoying the lower temperatures, no doubt, because I know I was! Today was overcast, and more suited to a spot of bushwalking.
|Start of the Ghost House Trail|
|On the trail|
He wasn't too bright, though; just thirty metres later, I rounded a bend and took a step back when I almost bumped into him. Once again, seeing me, he was off, leaving me to take a hurried photo of him disappearing into the distance. I was buoyed by this encounter; Emu of Australia out trumps Pheasant of the UK any day!
|Spooked emu on the track|
|Some up on the track|
|Wagardu Lake or Loch McNess|
|Ghost House Marker|
I continued and came across another trail, and this piqued my interest. The Coastal Plain Walk Trail, a three and a half day walk of fifty-five kilometres. Once again, though, there is little information to be found about its origins and history, but it is one worth considering.
|Coastal Plain Walk Trail|
|No getting away from sand in WA!|
|One of many small cave formations|
|Wagardu Lake (aka Loch McNess)|
|Crossing the picnic area|