Starting from the Gate 2 car park on Colmans Road, Western River, this walk takes you to Billy Goat Waterfall and back via the Billygoat Falls Track. Located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, Western River Wilderness Protection Area is a rugged protected area with steep slopes, deep gullies and high coastal cliffs, featuring a scenic waterfall on Waterfall Creek known as Billy Goat Waterfall. The area contains a wide variety of vegetation communities, including open forest, woodland and scrub, and provides a nesting and feeding habitat for the endangered glossy black cockatoo. This hike follows a quiet and secluded fire track through sheoak trees, gently descending the valley to Billy Goat Waterfall, where Waterfall Creek cascades into a deep ravine. After crossing the creek on stepping stones, the walk follows a short walking trail that ends at a lookout, offering excellent views of the waterfall, which only flows during winter or after rainfall. This walk consists of gently undulating fire tracks and walking trails, with some creek crossings and uneven natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. 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.