Starting from the car park on McLaughlan Road, The Spectacles, this walk takes you on a circuit around The Spectacles Wetlands. This is one of the two walks in the area, and it traverses through the wetland. You can enjoy the views the wetland provides you as you walk in between the bush settings and boardwalks, reading the informative signs about the Aboriginal Heritage (Nyoongar people). The area also hosts a variety of birdlife, and the flora is also diverse with wildflowers and fungi such as eucalyptus, wattle and paperbark trees. You might want to visit the area after some rain for a better experience. Additionally, dogs are allowed in the park considering they are on a leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Nyoongar people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the car park on McLaughlan Road (360 metres south of the intersection with Anketell Road), head towards the metal gate with a green sign on it along the gravel/dirt path. Pass through the bollard next to the said gate and keep left as you start heading along the wide dirt track. Keep moving in the same direction (directly away from McLaughlan Road) for about 240 metres. Then, turn left at the T intersection to continue along Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Loop (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
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Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Loop
1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)