I’ll share with you here some photos and notes from a walk my sister Laura and I went on through the bushland on the northern edge of Margaret River town, starting from the trailhead on Carters Road.
We were staying at the Bussells Bushland Cottages (located not far up the road from the Carters Road trailhead) and decided to wander down for a bushwalk late in the afternoon after a day out visiting wineries and swimming at Cowaramup Bay. This turned out to be a good decision because by then the weather was pleasantly cool and the sunlight not too harsh.
Wild flowers were in bloom and the wrens and other birds were out, flitting about from twig to branch and landing on the ground right by our feet, tweeting and chirping and singing. Spring is such a beautiful time of year to explore the peaceful pretty forests inland from the Margaret River coast.
We set off along the trail known as the Old Chimney Trail, walking roughly parallel to Bramley Brook. Dense undergrowth covered the brook from view for most of the way, but we caught the occasional glimpse of dark reflective water beneath us and to our left once or twice. The track is narrow and natural, meandering through the trees, and in places the shrubbery formed tunnels over the track.
At a fork in the track we detoured right to see the Old Chimney in the middle of the bush. This chimney was once a part of Keenan’s Number 1 Mill, a pine mill that was built in 1961 and closed in 1967. So really it’s not so old after all but I guess “1960’s Brick Chimney” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it ;-).
We had the option here of continuing on the Old Chimney Trail in a loop around to the right via the Wharncliffe Mill Bush Camp (originally Keenan’s Mill Number 2), but instead we retraced our steps part of the way and took the Big Brook Trail instead, which loops around the left returning to Carters Road along the other side of the brook.
Following the Big Brook Trail, we crossed a couple of bridges over the brook with scenic views of the forest reflected in the water. The next part of the track was a section of gravel road, where we met an elderly couple walking their dog – which was a good thing because for a while there we thought we might be lost and they were able to confirm we were heading in the right direction.
The return to Carters Road followed a path on the other side of Bramley Brook, not quite as pretty as the narrow bush trail we were on at the start of our walk, but pleasant and peaceful all the same.
Towards the end we were on the border of the pine plantation where the vegetation was very different to the native karri/jarrah forest and we took a longer detour through the pines. I didn’t get any good photos of the pine forest though, as by then it was getting dark.
About This Bush Walk:
The town of Margaret River is surrounded by forest, farmland and vineyards criss-crossed with walking trails and mountain bike tracks.
Many of these tracks begin off Carters Road, at a trailhead by the roadside about 2km north-west from Margaret River town (a convenient 5 minute drive, 20 – 30 minutes on foot). It’s easy to get a bit lost on these trails because they’re all interconnected, but if you choose just one and follow its signs then you should be fine.
The bushland on the northern edge of town where the Carters Road trails are found is a mixture of jarrah, marri and young karri forest (protected by the Bramley National Park) and some areas of pine plantation.
The 3 Carters Road Trails – Short Bush Walks Near Margaret River
- Pine Tree Trail – a short walk on a hillside planted with radiata pine trees.
- Big Brook Trail – a circuit mostly on the north-western side of the brook that follows the Rails to Trails track for part of the way and crosses over several bridges. It loops around to the left from Carters Road.
- The Old Chimney Trail – a circuit on the south-eastern side of the brook that loops around to the right from Carters Road past the chimney and Wharncliffe Mill Bush Camp (alternative access point)
Also meeting up with the Carters Road Trailhead are the Rails to Trails track – a walking/cycling track between Margaret River and Cowaramup following part of what once was the Busselton-Flinders Bay railway, and Minnie Keenan’s Trail, a track following Carters Road and the Margaret River into town (opposite side of the road to the Carters Road trailhead).
Our walk described on this page was 4km long and took us about one and a quarter hours walking at a relaxed pace. We roughly followed the “Brook and Bridge Walk” in the book Bushwalks in the South West but went our own way a few times.
Last Updated: 27th January, 2015.
First posted on 16th November, 2014 by Bonny.
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