Starting from the Stenhouse Bay Jetty car park off Pondalowie Bay Road, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around the headland above Stenhouse Bay via the Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk. Located within Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Inneston was once a thriving 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. Nowadays, a thriving artificial reef lies beneath the jetty, making an ideal site for diving and fishing. This short and easy walk winds around the headland above Stenhouse Bay, passing a series of lookouts that provide spectacular views of Investigator Strait and the Stenhouse Bay Jetty, with interpretive signs detailing the mining history and vegetation of the area. The trail also passes an old rusted locomotive and wagons from the gypsum mining industry, as well as a seaman's grave from 1940. The walk begins near the Stenhouse Bay Campground, which is suitable for tents, caravans, camper vans and camper trailers and has toilets. This loop consists of wide, gently undulating walking trails, with compacted natural surfaces, suitable for all 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.