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About Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP
The parking area for the trail can be located about 6km along Preston Beach Road North, at the entrance to the campground.
The walking track is clearly marked, flat and easy going, and follows a sandy vehicle access track.
About two kilometres along the track is a sign-posted T-junction directing a right turn towards the bird-hide. You know you’re getting close to the lake when white trunked saltwater paperbark trees replace the tuarts and there’s shell grit along the path.
A small track leads to the wooden bird-hide, which sits on stilts at the edge of the lake.
Leaving the bird-hide is a choice of retracing your steps along the flatter route or continuing on a steeper loop trail that follows a fire break and a private property fence before following Preston Beach Road north back to the parking area
Yalgorup National Park consists of 10 elongated lakes with tuart and peppermint woodlands. It is included in the RAMSAR international wetland agreement, as it is an important area for migratory waterbirds. Lake Clifton contains the largest collection of thrombolites in the southern hemisphere.
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What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Shaded Area
Best time of year
April to November
National Park fees
No pets, no fires, no swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing in lakes.
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4 trail goers have rated Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP as 2.25 out of 5!
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Steve Lofthouse rated Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP a 4 out of 5
The western side has a very different feel, through heath and open woodlands following a fire break and road. The firebreak is a bit hilly and rocky, but shouldn't pose any issues for moderate level hikers. This side may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I found it to be a pleasant walk and it provides some variety for those who don't want to retrace the same steps back. If you're doing the full loop, I'd suggest doing this side first while you're fresh, but be aware the directional signage only faces people going counter-clockwise (the trail is pretty obvious though).
The bird hide is well designed but depending on the time of year, you may not see many birds. Still worth a look for bird nerds for the chance to see the likes of hooded plovers and white-fronted chats.
Although great in the day, this trail may be even better at night. The forest section is easy to navigate while dark and I saw over a dozen ringtail possums, several brushtail possums and bats and, best of all, a wambenger! Just watch your step to avoid the many emu poos!
Rheannon Murphy rated Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP a 1 out of 5
Peter P rated Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP a 1 out of 5
This trail was that salad bar, assuming the salad bar is about 2 hours from civilisation, off a major highway and down a spine jolting corrugated road.
First, the good crunchy bits. The first few km towards Lake Pollard are a nice walk, with shady peppermint trees and ample wildlife. The bird spotting platform is worth the detour just to see the lake, even if there is nothing feathered around- the salt flats on display from them are desolate, smelly, but really kind of pretty. At the halfway point, a sharp turn and climb up a limestone hill rewards with stunning views from the apex- to the east, the lake panorama, to the far west, in the far off distance the Indian ocean.
Then it all gets a bit weird. The second half of this track is 2 km along a perfectly straight, rusty barbed wire fence line with a sandy track on one side. Nondescript and pretty much like any fenceline on any farm. This is followed by a right angle turn and another 2km walk along a wide crushed limestone vehicle road, surrounded by nothing in particular. Helpful markers confirm that no, you haven't strayed off the trail, you really are supposed to experience the wonder and beauty of Western Australian bushland by walking along a road for a while- basically, at this point it is not a 'bush-walk' so much as a ' oh-no-my-car-has-run-out-of-petrol-and-I-need-to-walk-along-the-road-until-the-bloke-from-wolf-creek-drives-by-and-offers-me-a-lift-walk.'
So really this is a nice 3km bush trail masquerading as a much less nice 6km trail. My suggestion is walk anti-clockwise, and once you get to the apex of the hill, save yourself the hassle and retrace your steps- it will still be 6km in total, and you'll stay out of the sun and off the roads.
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The Trail StartThe trail starts near the Martin's Tank campground
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