Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gully Reserve Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gully Reserve
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About Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gully Reserve
Stockyard Gully has an interesting history, named after the Stockmen who used the deep and cool gullies as a natural holding pen for their cattle. The stock were droved from Geraldton to Perth for market during the 1950's. The cave and gully offered a safe and refreshing place to camp.
Nowadays the droving days are gone and instead remains an oasis of lush vegetation along a sandy river bed and an inviting tunnel. From the upstream picnic area, follow the sandy creek bed into the cave. Then get your torch out because it is going to be dark. The cave is great for those entering a cave for the first time, its wide open spaces make all feel at ease. It is self-guiding however, care must be made to ensure your own safety and the welfare of the cave and its inhabitants. Keep noise to a minimum, no smoking within the cave and don't shine your torch at the bats. Bee hives are present in large numbers and both entrances, take care not to disturb the bees. The bees will be more prevalent on hot days.
The reserve itself is abundant in flora species, a real mecca during wildflower season.
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What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful Items+ extra water. No drinking water available
+ torch for use in cave
+ insect repellent for ticks
+ protective clothing from bees
Cockleshell Gully Road picnic area, 50km NE of Jurien Bay which is 220m (2.5hours) north of Perth
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.
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Hazards & WarningsLarge number of bee hives and ticks present in this area
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
Best time of year
Wildflower season August to September
4WD access along Cockleshell Gully Road
Prohibited ItemsNo firearm, pets or wood fires.
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Stockyard Gully Cave downstream entranceSunlight pouring through the downstream entrance
Rocky gullyDense vegetation either side of the rocky gully
Rare floodSome years after enough rainfall the gully floods and flows through the cave
Scale of the caveVisitor's dwarfed by the cave entrance
Entering the darknessGet your torches out
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