Starting from the dirt car park in Cape Arid National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit, offering views of coastal heathland to Thomas River and Yokinup Bay. There are a number of important plant species in the area, including yellow hibbertia, scarlet honey myrtle and the golden southern plains banksia. The trail was introduced by Len Otte, the first ranger to be a resident in the park. After his sudden death, it was decided that the path was named after him as a tribute to his achievements. The walk texture includes natural pavements, granite and gravel in different sections. There are certain moderately hilly sections. 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.
Turn on to South Coast Highway, 1 then drive for 75 m
Turn left onto Harbour Road, 1 and drive for another 1.3 km
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Fisheries Road and drive for another 104.8 km
Turn right onto Tagon Road and drive for another 5.6 km
Turn right onto Merivale Road and drive for another 65 m
Turn sharp left onto Thomas River Road and drive for another 8.2 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the dirt car park 580 metres north of Thomas River Campground, head towards the slanted signposts along the dirt path. Pass by the said signposts (to your right) and head over the metal structure. Follow the narrow dirt track as it meanders into the bushland to continue along Len Otte Nature Trail.....
Directions & comments
After another 850 m turn left.
After another 780 m pass the "Belinup Hill" (45 m on your left).
After another 295 m continue straight.
After another 850 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Len Otte Nature Trail
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)