Starting near the horse stable ruins at the Inneston Historic Township off Pondalowie Bay Road, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, this walk takes you to Stenhouse Bay and back via the Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike. Located within Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Inneston was once a thriving and self-sufficient gypsum mining town, first settled in the late 1880s and abandoned in the 1930s after the Great Depression. In 1913, the jetty was built at Stenhouse Bay to enable the shipping of gypsum, which was transported from Inneston by a horse-drawn tram until locomotives were introduced. This hike follows the old wooden tramway that runs between Inneston and Stenhouse Bay, which is steeped in Colonial and Maritime history and has slowly been reclaimed by nature. The trail passes through regenerating coastal vegetation and sites rich in European heritage, with interpretive signs detailing the local environment and history. Along the way, walkers may find sections of the steel rails that replaced the original timber rails. The walk ends near the Stenhouse Bay Campground, which is suitable for tents, caravans, camper vans and camper trailers and has toilets. This hike consists of wide, gently undulating walking trails, with compacted natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels, and can be done in either direction. 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.