Stokes Heritage Trail, Stokes NP, Esperance
The 6.4km return Stokes Heritage Trail is in Stokes National Park, 80km west of Esperance. The trail has beautiful vistas overlooking Stokes Inlet. Walkers will also see and learn about the ancient Zamias.
About the Trail
Featuring one of the most picturesque estuaries along WA’s southern coast, Stokes Inlet National Park is a great place for fishing, camping, bushwalking and birdwatching.
Day visitors and bushwalkers can enjoy Stokes Inlet, Skippy Rock, Shoal Cape, the Moir Homestead Ruins and Fanny Cove. You can walk to the Estuary Mouth if water levels allow. Abundant bird life frequents the inlet, its shores and associated lakes.
Observation decks along the trail provide sweeping views over the estuary. Walkers may see native fauna such as kangaroos, emus and honey possums. The trail is divided into two sections. It begins in Benwenerup Campground and finishes in Stokes Picnic Area.
It is an easy 1.4 km walk through mallee heath to a small car park. The trail then climbs from the car park to follow a limestone ridge to steps that lead down to the day use area.
Walkers will see many types of flora including the ancient Zamias in Section 1. There is interpretive signage along the walk trail. The history of the Zamia in Section 1, and the history and formation of Stokes Inlet in Section 2. Section 1 has a bench at the halfway point and is wheelchair accessible (if assisted).