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, named after the tiny brook that was dammed in the mid-1990's to create a new supply of water for the quickly growing Margaret River and other townships. 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
There is a "Rotary Park "Old Kate"" sign (about 40m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 15m back from the start). This car park is wheelchair accessible.
There is a toilet (about 10m back from the start). This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After 10m head into the Rotary Park.
After 115m pass the car park (150m on your right).
After another 60m continue straight.
After another 810m continue straight.
After another 60m continue straight.
After another 255m continue straight.
After another 940m continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 150m (at the intersection of Perimeter Road & 10 Mile Brook Walk) continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 70m continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 940m turn right, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 1.8km (at the intersection of 10 Mile Brook Walk & 10 Mile Brook Winter Loop) continue straight, to head along 10 Mile Brook Walk.
After another 1.6km continue straight.
After another 490m continue straight.
After another 50m continue straight.
AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
3h to 4h
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)