Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale
Baldwins Bluff Nature Trail
- Region: Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale
- Length:6km Return
- Grade:Walk Class 3 - 4
- Trail Manager:DEC
- Start Point:Serpentine National Park
- End Point:Serpentine National Park
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Baldwins Bluff Nature Trail is located in the Serpentine National Park, 50km south-east of Perth, 1 hours drive from Perth via the South Western Highway. A carpark is located at the start of the trail which contains a picnic area, toilets, BBQ's and water. Onsite information includes trail markers and an information board in the car park.
Baldwins Bluff is a large granite outcrop on a north-facing part of the Darling Scarp. At 180m above sea level, it gives uninterupted views. During the ascent, walkers pass through areas of redgum and wandoo forest. The walk features a variety of plant and bird species, scenic views and a spectacular granite outcrops.
The trail proceeds south from the information board behind the public toilets where the trail markers begin. The trail then passes through about 20m of previously grazed paddock, note the absence of native flora. Further on is an old redgum stump regenerated by coppice shoots. These form when a mature tree is damaged by wind or storm, or when it is cut down. A little further is a granite outcrop which gives the impression that there has been a landslide, which is not the case.
This trail then crosses a small stream, where the forest trees have changed from redgum to wandoo. The trail takes a turn to the right, where the trail meanders along the top of the scarp where an abundance of wildflowers (in season) can be seen. At the end of the walk the summit provides excellent panoramic views of Serpentine Falls and pastured valleys beyond. Looking west, views of the coastal plain to the ocean beyond from Bunbury in the south to the Perth skyline in the north can be observed.
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