Starting from the dirt car park in Cape Arid National Park, this walk takes you on a stroll, visiting the ruins of the historic Hill Springs. It is a historically informative walk and also provides panoramic views. Hill Springs belonged to John Baesjou and his family until 1910. The trail also visits the grave of William Ponton, John's uncle. Additionally, it offers visitors open views over the Recherche Archipelago and behind Mt Arid. There are no marks along the path, but the vegetation is cleared for a better walking experience. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Car (A 4WD vehicle is needed to get to the starting point.)
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Directions & comments
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip is part of the walk and takes you up north for a bit. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 130 m veer left.
Continue another 135 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 265 m to get back to the start.
This side trip is part of the walk and takes you up north for a bit.
Directions & comments
After another 130 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
9 min to 20 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)