Location: Caversham to Walyunga National Park
Trail Marker: The Pilgrim Trail Markers
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 16th July 2017
Kml Map File: Please click here.
The section was from the Caversham Caravan Park to Walyunga National Park, another 30km adventure.
After a rough nights sleep we almost lost one of our group members already. It had rained hard all night and Judy's tent had a hole somewhere which resulted in her waking up in a pool of water, her tent completely flooded, her gear sopping wet so she had very little sleep. She tried to get some of her gear dried by using the hand dryers in the bathrooms but mentally she had almost checked out already. I had a spare tent a home and mattresses etc so was able to offer he replacements, hoping that she would continue on. I had forgotten to mention that this walk was fully supported. Because it was the first multiday hike any of us had really done, our gear was not your typical hiking gear, and on top of that there are no water facilities long the trail so we needed water at each stop. Harris Hire donated the use of a luggage trailer and my wonderful husband would pickup the trailer each morning with our gear packed in it and drop it off at our next stop so each night out gear was there for us.
Thankfully Judy took up the offer of using our tent so I made the call to Dave to bring one with him and we began day 2. More road walking up West Swan Rd, the only up side of that being the Margaret River Chocolate Factory which we had to stop in to and get some nutrition for the hike lol I may or may not have gotten in to trouble for filling up the cup from my protein shaker haha
The Pilgrim Trail™ leaves Guildford along West Swan Road through the Swan Valley. After crossing Great Northern Hwy, the trail follows Railway Parade until reaching Cathedral Ave.
We continued on heading East along the Swan / Avon River up to Bells Rapids where we stopped for lunch, initially right along the river, but once again the weather made that a little difficult so we raced for cover by the toilet blocks.
Not the nicest place to sit an enjoy lunch but we were dry and feet needed airing out. Those roads are a killer on the feet.
From here The Pilgrim Trail™ crosses the Avon river over the famous Bells Rapids Bridge.
The trail then heads into the beautiful Walyunga National Park walking right alongside the river. As it was the peak of Winter we had a few difficulties with erosion and track blockages but nothing too major. Our second night was spent in the Walyunga camping grounds. Camping is possible but only after prior arrangement with the ranger. Cost is $7 per person and you need to contact DPaW. Phone 08 9571 1371
Please note: Mobile Phone connection is not reliable in Walyunga Park. There is a toilet there at least though.
Campsite 3 as seen below is the best site of the grounds with picnic table and toilet fairly closeby.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.