The Nullaki is the lower peninsula of the Wilson inlet near Denmark, a large section of it is now privately owned but there’s still access for people to come and explore and walk a section of the Bibbulman walk trail where it follows the southern end of the inlet.
The walk is easy, though in the middle of winter it’s a little mushy in places but not enough for you to get wet. As with many of the walk trails that follow sections of the Bibbulman which are “X km’s return”, you’re not actually sure where the turn around point is, so the 4km return trail ended up being 7 or 8 km’s for me.
The trail begins with some shady areas under trees away from the waters edge and although it’s a beautiful section of forest, you start to wonder if you will ever get to see the water up close. After one or two kilometres the trail opens up and starts to follow right along the edge of the water.
If you’re a fan of birds, especially water birds, this is a fantastic walk for you. The area is very quiet without much traffic of any sort so water birds tend to congregate in the trees along the edge of the inlet and so long as your quiet and careful you can get reasonably close to them. Obviously I’m neither careful enough nor quiet enough because I didn’t manage to get any reasonable pictures of the locals.
I saw lots of birds off in the distance but never managed to get close enough to get some good pictures. There were a good variety too, cormorants, spoon bills, pelicans and an assortment of other birds along the trail including blue wrens, fantails and other common birds were in the area.
The first flowers in the area are just coming into bloom, there are plenty more on the way in the coming weeks and months, I saw a number of orchid plants yet they weren’t in flower as yet, there were also some more unwelcome flower with a number of weed species evident including the Arum lily also known as the death lily which is a big weed problem down this way.
There are some luxury houses along the Nulaki, but also some people with less money as you might have noticed by the jetty in the first picture on this post. I’d hate to be mowing the lawn area above , it was massive. However, I think the best aspect of this property was the tree on the waterline at the base of their property, magnificent.
The walk was enjoyable, the rain held off but there was a down side to my day. Arriving back at my car I discovered that somewhere along the walk I’d lost my immobilizer out of my pocket, and I’d been bush bashing off the main track in places trying to find interesting photos, damn my silly track suit pants with poor baggy pockets.
My enjoyable walk had ended on a sour note. My phone was in the car, the dog was in there as well and I had to smash a window to get my phone to call for help, how embarrassing at 47 years old I needed to phone my mum to come and pick me up. Still luckily it happened here, rather than somewhere REALLY in the middle of no where. After discovering that a replacement key/immobilizer would cost over $700 I went back the next day and after about 3 hours, by pure chance I managed to find it about 30m off the main track where I’d trekked off into the bush.
Never again will I wear tracksuit pants while bush walking. I went straight to a camping store in Albany and bought some hiking pants with zippered pockets.
And all for a very poor photo of moss off the beaten path.. Oh well..