Location: Moondyne Reserve to Julimar State Forest South
Trail Marker: The Pilgrim Trail Markers
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 18th July 2017
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Our day four hike was from Moondyne Reserve to Julimar State Forest South, a 23km adventure.
In 2017 the trail was re-aligned to take advantage of walking through another wonderful Reserve in the Avon Valley – Moondyne Reserve. The new route takes walkers away from the edge of the road and up into the valley of the Avon National Park. This offers some great views and wonderful flora too so very happy with this change.
After a very wet night we had no choice but to pack our tents away wet, definitely the worst part about about doing a multi-hike in Winter.
Walking through Moondyne Reserve was quite lovely even in the rain and by this stage I was thankful that my feet had carried me this far. Hot spots had started by this point and feet were getting quite sore. Thankfully Judy's husband works with feet so she had all the goods and knowledge....and lots of Fixomul which became our best friend.
We took regular breaks as well to rest, feed our belly's and air out feet out as walking in the rain was a huge contributor to the state of our feet.
We did have a bit of a chuckle when we left the nature reserve and came across a danger sign. Apparently the area we had been walking through was used as a live firing range by the Australian Army from 1959 to 1966 and as a result there may be unexploded ordinance within the park.
And here we were in an area slightly offtrack enjoying a morning tea with gas cookers etc
The trail then took us down a very long, windy and hilly Plunkett Rd. This was my most challenging part as by this time my back was in agony. As a group this section split us as we all needed to get through the challenge as best we could, for some that meant powering through, for others that meant a very slow journey.
The thing we had to look forward to was the cool unofficial camping area at the end of this day. There is no water or facilities here. The Fred Kelly camp was an old tin shack we found slightly off track an inland. I would imagine this campsite would be popular with 4wd visitors on weekends so would recommend avoiding it during weekends. Hopefully if you decide to stay at this location you will find it tidy as we did. It had a pot belly in the shed so helped with warmth and shelter from the rain.
Made even better because Dave had the fire going both outside and in the pot belly stove inside the shed.....and he bought my ugg boots which my feet were seriously in need of.
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.