Location: Walyunga To Moondyne Reserve
Trail Marker: The Pilgrim Trail Markers
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 17th July 2017
Kml Map File: Please click here.
Departing from Walyunga for our third day, we had a 24km adventure ahead of us and after a much better sleep we were a little bit more motivated for day 3. It wasn't long after heading off that we saw the hills that awaited us. Walyunga is known for it's steep ascents and descents and I was thankful I had my poles with me.
It's easy to follow the Pilgrim Trail markers north through Walyunga National Park until you come to a section that needed a little bit of searching around until we found the western gate mentioned in the trail info section of the website.
It warns hikers about the “Cocky Lock” on the western gate but we got through ok and proceeded east along Stock Road – which is a 50 meter strip of gazetted land (currently used as grazing land by the local landowner) that runs due east from the exit point of Walyunga. It is signed but we didn't think it was obvious enough.
As we exit Walyunga and the gazetted land its back to some bitumen walking again all the way in to Moondyne Reserve. This bitumen walking wreaked havoc on my back and I was thankful to one of my buddies Lisa for having a portable tens machine on her as that is what got me through almost each day following.
Moondyne Nature Reserve covers an area of around 1,900 hectares and is said to be the hide-out of Joseph Bolitho Johns (Moondyne Joe). Moondyne Joe was WA’s most infamous bush ranger, whose exploits began after his first escape from the Toodyay lockup in 1861. His cave and corral were located in the north of what is now the Avon Valley National Park, but have been all but destroyed by successive bushfires.
The ascent up into the reserve was gradual along a wide gravel road providing valley views over the Avon Valley.
There is no real campsite in Moondyne Reserve although it does say that on the website. Previous to the walk I did a recon drive out and it was determined that we would camp slightly off the main track on a side vehicle access way as seen in the pic below. Hubby, Dave decided to stay a couple of nights out with us and had a fire cranking for us as it was super cold but we got a bit of rain so didn't last too long.
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.