Kepwari Walktrail, Esperance, Western Australia, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member WanderingAus
S 33° 48.961 E 121° 55.068
51H E 399843 N 6257716
Quick Description: A walktrail through a freshwater wetland area in the Lake Warden Wetland System.
Location: Western Australia, Australia
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 6:05:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMGAHK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member condor1
Views: 6

Long Description:
The Kepwari Wetland Trail is about five-minutes drive from the centre of Esperance

The Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail is a 3.6 kilometre long, one-way interpretative trail and is designed to be a learning experience. Panels and information displays help you discover why these wetlands are important, why they are under threat and how you can help protect them for future generations.

The trail starts at a 60 metre long wooden boardwalk, one of about 1.5 kilometres of boardwalk on the trail, and winds through fringing sedgelands, heathlands, under banksia canopies and over dune ridges with views of the wetland system and surrounding catchment.

There is a metal decked boardwalk along the Kepwari Walktrail which crosses a lake segment which is notable for the drowned paperbark trees which abound. This is one of the major effects of rising water tables caused by land clearing for agriculture.

Those not wishing to do the full 3.6 kilometre long trail, which will actually requre a trek of close to 7 kilometres unless a transport drop/pickup is arranged, might like to do the western end of the walk trail only. With five grandchildren in tow from 4 years to 15 years this was the option chosen by WanderingAus.

The parking area at the start of the trail was full so we walked from where the trail crosses Windabout Way at S33°48.956' E121°55.065', backward towards the start of the trail, then some of us returned along the roadway and the rest returned along the trail. The metal decked boardwalk is not far from the crossing point on Windabout Way.

There is a small parking area at the start of the walktrail. If that parking area is full there is a larger one at the end of Windabout Way at S33° 49.068' E121° 54.546'. From there the trailhead is about 450 metres walk to the southeast. There is another large one along Windabout Way at S33°49.009' E121°55.004', about 400 metres walk to the southwest to get to the trailhead, or about 125 metres to the point where the trail crosses Windabout Way, as well as a small one at that crossing at S33°48.956' E121°55.065'.

Parking: N 33° 49.068 W 121° 54.546

Trailhead/trail website: [Web Link]

Trail allowances or restrictions:
No dogs, horses or motorcycles.


Trail type: Varies, a lot of hard-packed sand, some hard-packed dirt, metal decked boardwalk, about 1.5 kilometres of wooden decked boardwalk.

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