Mokare Heritage Trail
Directions - The official trail head is located about 1.5km south east of the centre of Denmark along Hollings Rd at the Rivermouth Bridge. There is some parking available near the bridge. Alternatively you can start at the bridge next to town as the loop still takes you past here.
The Hike - After finishing my first sectional end to end of the Bibbulmun Track, I had an enjoyable night in Albany, celebrating with a well deserved meal and wine at Little Italy (recommended). Thanks to the difficult logistics of my final five days on the track, my car was located back in Denmark so the next morning I had booked the TransWA bus back to pick up my car before checking into my AirBnB in Albany for a few days rest. My accommodation had breakfast in the package so I headed down to find Sarin, the amazing host at the Guesthouse Albany in the dining area with fresh coffee. An enjoyable breakfast with Gandalf and Pixie was had before we all headed off to the bus station (they were heading back to Perth). With a warm and sunny finish to my Bibbulmun journey, the weather had turned with some lovely south coast drizzle setting in for the morning.
Given check-in at my AirBnB wasn't until 2pm and I wasn't entirely confident that my car would start again once I got it going (this would be the last road trip for Newt before dying), I decided to spend a bit of time in Denmark before moving on. After having a mid morning snack at the bakery and checking out several of the stores that make Denmark special (I love a good crystal shop or crafty homewares store), I grabbed my camera and thought I'd check out the Mokare Heritage Trail. Donovan from The Long Way's Better had highlighted me to this trail back when he did it and it seemed like a fantastic way to spend an hour or two. It's great having an accessible and enjoyable walk so close to a country town that doesn't feel like you're in a town so with my casual walking shoes on I headed off to the start. Having walked this route already a few days prior as I headed into Denmark from the Bibbulmun Track, it was a familiar sight when I reached the bridge at the mouth of the Denmark River. A father had taken his son out for a play on his bike so I patiently waited for them to clear the bridge before taking many photos of the grey and moody conditions.
The old wooden bridge is a lovely object to photograph and a great place to fully take in the beauty of the Denmark River. To the south you can see the mouth where it opens up into the Wilson Inlet, although it was a little difficult on my visit thanks to the clouds and the rain but it still looked magical. To the north is where the trail will take you through the Karri lined river banks into a world of wildflowers, Paperbarks, reeds and bird life. I was lucky enough to spot a few pelicans on my walk to the bridge and I think the two that I saw eventually decided to take up a spot right in front of the bridge on an unseen log. The Pelican became a bit of a common sighting on my post Bibbulmun break and I managed to get a good shot of the two of them as they stood on the water having a break. The path from the bridge takes you along the Munda Biddi towards Albany but another Mokare Heritage Trail sign points you down a set of stairs and off along the river. I stopped for a while here just photographing the bridge from down below and admiring what would be the first of many cool scenes involving the gnarly Paperbark trees that line the edge of the river.