Location: Wesley Maley Reserve, Bayonet Head
Distance: 500m return
Trail Marker: Unmarked trail, easy to follow
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Date Hiked: 4th May 2020
The Bayonet Head Nature Trail is a short 500m walk through Wesley Maley Reserve, a bit of a hidden gem in the suburbs. I stumbled across this by accident and ever so glad I did. The trail begins at the Bayonet Lookout. Plenty of parking is available and I was completely blown away to see it even had secluded picnic areas. I walked through an entry statement to the first lookout and absorbed in the beautiful views. Straight away I could see Oyster Harbour, Emu Point, Gull Rock National Park and Albany. Green Island was also directly ahead and the interpretative sign her explains just how special Green Island is.
Known as "The Little Verdant island with the most beautiful herbage", Green Island was first explored by Major Edmund Lockyer in December of 1827 who recorded that it "would make an excellent vegetable garden, as it would be quite safe from the kangaroo and other animals". By August, Green Island and Oyster Harbour had been planted with cabbages and lettuce. The island garden was discontinued upon the development of the government farm at Strawberry Hill.
The nature trail descends from the lookout down to the lower lookout and picnic area. It really is hard to believe that such a beaut little place exists. Whilst only a short trail there is plenty to love about it with plenty of native birds and wildflowers to gaze upon. You can choose to go straight down to another lookout or the main trail heads right, through the nature reserve, down another set of steps and to a small section of beach providing a new scenery perspective. Simply retrace your steps back to the carpark.