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About Stokes Heritage Trail, Stokes NP, Esperance
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).
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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 ItemsNo drinking water available in the park. Bring extra water for your walk.
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 & WarningsTrail surface is gravel so caution is advised. Stairs may be slippery when wet. Beware of snakes in hotter months (Oct - March).
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
Best time of year
September to May
Prohibited ItemsNo pets, No fires. No bicycles on walk trail.
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