Posts made in June, 2014

Gabbi Karniny Bidi- 2nd Section of the Wadjemup Bidi is Open!

Posted on 26 Jun, 2014

Gabbi Karniny Bidi- 2nd Section of the Wadjemup Bidi is Open!

Discover the Salt Lakes Gabbi Karniny Bidi is part of the greater Rottnest Island ‘Wadjemup Bidi’. The trail is a major new recreation and conservation initiative that will be implemented in sections over a six year timeframe, which started in July 2013. It involves the construction of a ~45 kilometre network of trails that will provide an exploratory narrative of the Island’s environment, connecting you with the beautiful natural features, abundance of wildlife and rich cultural history that the island has to offer. There will be five primary walks linking facets of the islands diversity. The alignment of the trail was designed to allow walkers to hop on and off of the Islands bus services between sections. The second section of the Wadjemup Bidi, Gabbi Karniny Bidi, starts from The Settlement and heads west out Digby Drive. Elevated panoramic views can be experienced within 500m of the settlement from Vlamingh look out; which is accessed next to the European cemetery. The walk then continues past Lake Herschel and meanders through the lake systems. You will come across a “walk on water” boardwalk which allows you to pass along the southern edge of Lake Vincent. The boardwalk has been purposefully constructed to be walkable during high winter water levels. The Rottnest Foundation was successful in receiving a $100,000 Trails Grant from the Department of Sport & Recreation (supported by Lotterywest), which enabled the development of  this boardwalk.   Following Pink Lake Road the walk heads for Little Parakeet Bay. The Department of Environment and Conservation [Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW)], as of 1st July 2013] provided financial support to the Rottnest Foundation for the re-development of Little Parakeet beach access in the form of an Environmental Community Grant under the ‘Interpretation and Sustainable Recreation in Natural Areas’ program. This grant enabled the old degraded stairs to be removed and two new composite stairways with stainless steel handrails to be installed. A compacted limestone pathway and additional post and rail jarrah fencing was installed to provide defined and safe entry points to the stairs. More bike racks were installed to accommodate the popularity of the site and a new bin surround was provided to manage waste. Improved site drainage by way of coir logs and brushing was installed to address any erosion issues. The eroded areas were rehabilitated with native plant species to improve stability and environmental amenity of the site. Interpretive signage was installed to communicate sustainable management messages about the fragile coastal environment. This project was completed in December 2012. Gabbi Karniny Bidi then continues along the coastline all the way up to Bathurst Lighthouse. By this time you will be ready to stroll along Thomson Bay for a well-deserved refreshment back in the Settlement. Gabbi Karniny Bidi can be experienced at different times of the day within different seasons of the year, each offering completely different experiences. On a crisp winter morning the heavy dew will be reflecting the rising sun.  Overcast days with intimidating clouds will be pierced by the stunning view of the fresh white of Wadjemup Lighthouse in the distance. On balmy summer evenings expect to be treated to a spectrum of burning sunset colours across the lake and a view of the dipping sun from one of the newly installed bench seats which have been purposefully placed to encapsulate the best...

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Wadjemup Bidi Features in FACET Winter (2014) Newsletter!

Posted on 25 Jun, 2014

Wadjemup Bidi Features in FACET Winter (2014) Newsletter!

Article- The Story Continues- Interpretation Shaping Rottnest Island

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Ngank Yira Bidi- 1st Section of the Wadjemup Bidi is Open!

Posted on 25 Jun, 2014

Ngank Yira Bidi- 1st Section of the Wadjemup Bidi is Open!

Uncover Bickley Battery Ngank Yira Bidi is part of the greater Rottnest Island ‘Wadjemup Bidi’. The trail is a major new recreation and conservation initiative that involves the construction of a ~45km network of trails that will provide an exploratory narrative of the Island’s environment, connecting you with the beautiful natural features, abundance of wildlife and rich cultural history that the island has to offer. There will be five primary walks linking facets of the islands diversity. The alignment of the trail was designed to allow walkers to hop on and off of the Islands bus services between sections. Ngank Yira Bidi explores many significant historic military sites as well as diverse landscapes from coastal headlands and bays, to woodlands and inland lakes. Ngank Yira Bidi starts in The Settlement, Thompson Bay (where the ferry arrives at the main jetty) and meanders through the south west corner of the Island through Bickley Battery and up to Oliver Hill. Traversing the Defense Heritage Trail out at Kingstown. Discover the first sculpture installation on the Island, The Osprey “Beachcomber” by artist Fleur Marron made from 80% recycled material and then the walk ventures west towards the picturesque Henrietta Rocks, where there is an old ship wreck that is easily accessible from shore. The Henrietta Rocks beach access structure, installed in 2012, gives easy access to walkers and beach goers and acts as a perfect vantage point to view the striking turquoise surrounding ocean and the snorkelers exploring around the “Shark” shipwreck. The Western Australian Planning Commission in partnership with Caring for Our Country provided substantial financial support for the ‘Coastal protection and rehabilitation at Henrietta Rocks’ project in the form of a Coastwest grant. The grant application was written and submitted as a collaborative effort between the RIA, Rottnest Society and Winnit Club and enabled the implementation of a beach access structure leading down to the beach, built using recycled plastic and composite fibre and for the informal tracks and eroded areas to be revegetated with plantings, stabilisation matting and brushing. Interpretative signage was also installed at two locations, displaying information on the wreck and Aboriginal culture. Additional facilities were installed, including: seating, bike racks, jarrah post-and-rail fencing, recycled bin enclosure facilities and vegetation screening to enhance visitor experience. At this point the walk continues on along the beach and then takes a inland turn heading north into the centre of the Island. You will pass the Rottnest Island air strip and arrive at the beautiful Serpentine Salt Lake where you can expect to experience a diverse range of birdlife, both resident and migratory. The peaceful walk along the lakes edge will take you up to Oliver Hill, where you can explore the 9.2inch Word War II gun. There are Rottnest Voluntary Guides on duty 364 days of the year; for a small fee guides can lead you through the underground tunnels, divulging the mesmerizing history that the deep dark depths of the shafts contain. After you have completed your tour, or had a spot of lunch taking in the 360 degrees view, you may wish to relax on your journey back to the Settlement on the Rottnest Island train “Captain Hussey” (check the train schedule before you leave the settlement, as it may be on a restricted service in off peak times. Also be aware that the train can be busy during peak periods and it is recommended you get your ticket before you set off). Or you may wish to continue your adventure, heading back to the coast through the woodland heath, to uncover the splendor of Salmon Bay....

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