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Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP, Mandurah

  • 1-3 hours
  • 6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

The six kilometre, approximately two-hour, Lake Pollard loop trail conveniently begins at the entrance to the Martins Tank campground; about one kilometre from the campground itself. This walk takes in tuart, peppermint and grasstree outcrops, with an opportunity to birdwatch in the hide overlooking Lake Pollard.  Walking in a clockwise direction provides a good view to Lake Pollard while walking.

The trail starts near the Martin's Tank campground
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Martins Tank Campground, Preston Beach Road, 125km (1.5hrs) south of Perth

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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 the Preston Beach Road back to the campsite.

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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Time / Duration

2 hours

Length

6km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Martins Tank Campground, Preston Beach Road, 125km (1.5hrs) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

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.

Facilities

The facilities are available in the nearby campground.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area

Best time of year

April to November

Fees

National Park fees

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets , no fires, no swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing in lakes.
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1 trail goers have rated Lake Pollard Walk Trail, Yalgorup NP, Mandurah as 1 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Peter P

Reviewed 25 Apr 2018, 6:55pm

Ever been to a salad bar, seen a delicious looking concoction of croutons, parmesan and crispy bacon, thought 'I'll have that', and then realised that underneath that thin layer of crunchy goodness it was 3/4 limp soggy lettuce?

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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