Starting from Rotary Park on Bussell Highway, Margaret River, this walk takes you to 10 Mile Brook Dam and back via the 10 Mile Brook Trail. This is a pleasant 15km return walk along a shared-use trail that leads to 10 Mile Brook Dam. Mile Brook Dam got its name from the small brook that was dammed in the 1990s to supply the Margaret River and surrounding settlements with water. The walk starts at Rotary Park near 'Old Kate', a preserved steam engine at the northern edge of Margaret River. The trail follows one of the many old timber tramways in the area, meandering alongside the river with some wonderful views and scenery along the way. Keep a lookout out for the White-breasted Robin, Golden Whistler and other birds along the trail. This is also a great spot for seeing beautiful wildflowers in Spring. Upon reaching the dam, there's a nice picnic stop at Rusden Picnic Site before following the river back to Rotary Park. The picnic site has toilets, barbeque facilities and picnic tables. This is a moderately easy trail, suitable for most ages. The trail is a combination of compacted earth and coarse gravel, with a flat surface and little elevation change. The path is suitable for bicycles, prams, and possibly also for wheelchair users with assistance. There are summer and winter routes, so be sure to take the winter route during the wet months as the summer route gets very wet underfoot. 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.
Getting started From Rotary Park on Bussell Highway, Margaret River, head along the sealed path through the park, passing by "Old Kate" and a picnic area with barbeques (to your right). The sealed path turns into a dirt trail after about 100m. After about 1km the trail reaches a fork. Continue on the left fork and follow the trail up a steady hill, then cross Perimeter Road. Follow the trail ahead, keeping Margaret River to your right, and continue the 10 Mile Brook Trail.....
Directions & comments
Rotary Park "Old Kate" (about 40 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 15 m back from the start). This car park is wheelchair accessible.
There is a toilet (about 10 m back from the start). This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
Find the Rotary Park at the start.
After 115 m pass the car park (150 m on your right).
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 810 m continue straight.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 255 m continue straight.
After another 940 m continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Perimeter Road & 10 Mile Brook Walk) continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 940 m turn right, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 1.8 km (at the intersection of 10 Mile Brook Walk & 10 Mile Brook Winter Loop) continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 1.6 km continue straight.
After another 490 m continue straight.
After another 50 m continue straight.
Continue another 135 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 7.5 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
10 Mile Brook Trail
3 h to 4 h
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)