It's that time of year when I review all the trails I have explored during the year and try to pinpoint 5 favourites. This is no easy task as I enjoy every trail or path I take. I've narrowed it down to the ones which left me feeling that WOW moment. Listed in no particular order:
1. C.Y.O'Connor Beach.
Discovered along the way while exploring from North Coogee to South Fremantle this stunning beach was a complete surprise as I walked along it's pristine shore. With the bugly (beautiful/ugly) backdrop of the Old South Fremantle Power Station and the wreck of the SS Wyola in the shallows I wondered how I never knew this place even existed!
2. Manning Lake
Manning Park had been on my list for a while and although the bush trail was a bit of a non-event Manning Lake was absolutely stunning! We were lucky the lake was super full of water after our wet winter as lakes can dry out over the hotter months and are not nearly as scenic.
3. Helena Pipehead Trail
Another trail that has been on my list for a long time this walk did not disappoint as we got our first views out over the Helena Pipehead Dam. This one is a good workout too with some steep hills to climb.
4. Lions Lookout
This is a more open trail with views across the coastal plain so is best done in the cooler months.
5. Djidi Djidi Ridge Trail
Formerly known as Blackboy Ridge this trail in the Chittering Valley is short but very pretty. Best in winter or spring as the hotter months dry this countryside out into dull browns.
In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
As always when hiking in the bush please help to reduce the spread of Phytophthora Dieback by sticking to the tracks and paths, staying out of quarantined areas and, if possible, clean your shoes before and after hiking.