Location: Two Peoples Bay, Start from visitors centre
Distance: 5km return
Trail Marker: Some directional signage but easy to navigate anyway
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Cost: $13 National Park Pass required
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 29th July 2019
There is next to no information available online about the Baie des Duex Peuples Heritage Trail in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. I happened to stumble across it via The Long Way's Better blog post awhile back. The trail departs from the Two Peoples Bay Visitor Centre (which I am sure many don't know about) out to the popular Little Beach. The visitors centre is not manned but provides some interesting information on the area including displays of artefacts, skeletons of flora and fauna etc which was quite interesting to explore so allow about 20mins in the centre before heading off. The trail departs from the rear along a limestone trail passing by what appears to be the trail-head sign showing different trail sections and distances. A short walk through a forest canopy and section of beach will have to arrive at some large granite boulders and a series of steep stairs taking you to the top, with great views looking back over Two Peoples Bay.
We rejoined up with the main track that indicated that Little Beach was now only 2km away and I must say that the walk was the most enjoyable as we walked the coastal ridge of Two Peoples Bay with Mount Manypeaks in the distance, a real highlight of the walk. The walk is a great vantage point for whale spotting passing through low heathlands and along a boardwalk structure, before coming out to a large granite area filled with beautiful rock pools that looked like would make a great area for exploration. The power of the waves crashing onto them, not so much so we continued on along another boardwalk through a narrow section with tall reeds, the ideal location for the slithering kind to hang out and whilst is was overcast and cold, probably not the conditions you would expect to see snakes I was still cautious that would be there.
The trail continues on over a few small bridges and then we started to get glimpses of the rugged coastline that hugs Little Beach. Carefully making our way down the rocks we were eager to get on to the beach and make our way across to the lesser known Waterfall Beach, not really an official part of the trail but an excellent addition. The south eastern point of Little Beach is where you find the steps/trail to Waterfall Beach and is only a short walk up, through and over the sandy mounds to this hidden treasure. The dunes are quite badly eroded and in some places you do need your hands free to tackle some areas. After a bit of scrambling we were on Waterfall Beach and decided to head to the furthermost end and explore a few trails but they didn't lead me to any other secret bays, just provided a different perspective of Waterfall Beach itself high up on the eastern slops of the granite headland.
We then headed back to the namesake of the beach, the small fresh Waterfall that streams out of the sandy slopes out to the ocean. It was then time to start heading back as it appeared the dark clouds were moving in a little quicker than expected so back up and over the inner trail to Little Beach, crossing back over to the rocks and then back on to the main trail. Back at the T-Junction, trail head of the loop we turned left to complete the upper section of trail. I was a little disappointed to find that Whalers Loop was just a very simple wooden bench and personally I don't feel it was a great lookout at all as the view was partially blocked by quite a few trees. The lookout a little further up, Bay Lookout as seen in the pics below, to me represents a more fitting lookout, providing gorgeous views of the bay below. The trail from Bay Lookout back to the start is straight forward, along limestone paths, crosses the main road and back to that very first T-Junction.