1st April 2018
All Year Round
Directions - Located just outside of Esperance, from the town centre take Dempster Rd north to the roundabout. Take the Fisheries Rd exit and follow this until you reach Windabout Rd. Follow Windabout Rd all the way past the first Kepwari Walk sign and park next to the second Kepwari Walk sign located on the south side of the road.
The Hike - With our Fitzgerald River National Park adventures over we had scheduled a few days of relaxing and exploring in Esperance over the Easter break. After a couple of nights camping and doing a few hikes we checked into our AirBnB ready to have a nice hot shower and sleep in a comfortable bed. Caris had suggested doing this hike during our time in Esperance (yes Caris suggested a hike) to add activities to the itinerary so I was happy to add another hike to the trip. We did the usual tourist stuff like Stonehenge, the museum, the Coastal Drive and the Sunday Markets along with the not so Pink Lake.
One sunny afternoon we headed out of town to visit an excellent nursery that stocked a variety of WA natives that you don't often find in Perth including a small Traffic Light Bush Kale aka Royal Hakea before making our way to the start of the hike. With a large haul of plants ready to add to our already crowded garden we headed out to the lake system north of town and parked Newt mistakenly at the first Kepwari Walk sign. Deciding to head in a south/west direction, that turned out to be a great idea given we were not starting at the right end. The first highlight you come across is the bridge over the ghost tree inlet of Woody Lake. Remnants of when the lake system was healthier, they have been submerged with saltier water to create a spooky space that would be great to see at sunrise with a bit of mist around. The path then takes you above the ghost inlet for elevated views of the surrounding lakes and snakes around for a while before a cool scrub lined tunnel takes you down to what turned out to be the actual start point.
Having realised the error of our ways we checked out the lake in between Woody and Windabout Lakes to find more ghost trees lining the edge of the water. With the sun slowly setting I was able to get in a few silhouette shots before we headed back the way we came, soaking in the elevated views above the landscape. Arriving back at Newt we were on to new territory as we crossed the road and towards the flatter wetlands area that surround the lakes. The next part of the walk isn't the most interesting as you can't see the lakes and the vegetation on the one side of the path is a bit scraggly, highlighted with the occasional Banksia tree. Crossing a small boardwalk section takes you closer to the first of two bird hides that rectifies the lack of lake views. Passing a "Quiet Please" sign along the boardwalk you are taken to a small wooden shack on stilts over the lake and from here you can sit and try and spot the various bird life shown on the information boards.