April 30, 2019

Local resident Monica Stahlhut gives us the inside scoop on the best walking trails at Watagan Park.

Walk One – Wildlife enthusiasts
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Distance: 3.5km
  • Difficulty: Easy

I found this track by walking around the local streets and decided to mix it with some bush parts. Early in the morning or late afternoon are the best times to explore this trail—there’s less heat exposure and mosquitoes can be a bit of an issue later in the evening. I would recommend this for those who enjoy spotting wonderful wildlife on their walks—you’ll even get the chance to chat to some of your friendly neighbours on the way!

Walk Two – Peace and tranquillity
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Distance: 3.5km
  • Difficulty: Easy

This has to be one of my favourite tracks! It mainly follows along a footpath, but there is a slight section without it. You can walk this track at any time of day as it’s super easy, and you can even stop at the Avondale shops or cafe for a coffee before you make your way back home. I chose this walk because I love to see something different, and there are always new sights along the way, from baby goats to geese and ducks.

Walk Three – Backyard discoveries
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Distance: 3.7km
  • Difficulty: Easy

Explore almost the entire estate with this trail. Start in precinct one at the front and move your way up through the newer section and back down in a big loop. When the gate is open, I usually walk along the airstrip and up into the bush (this adds roughly another two kilometres to the trail). If you do decide to follow the airstrip, you should be on the lookout for snakes as well, although I have only seen a few this season. This is a really nice, quiet walk that you can take at any time of the day. It does have a few hills, but they are by no means difficult.

For more of Monica’s favourite tracks follow @monstar_79 on Instagram. What local trails are at the top of your list? Share them with others by tagging #WPWanderer and #wataganpark

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