I’ll start by saying this was a rather unpleasant bushwalk, mainly because I got caught in heavy rain on the way back… and got slightly lost. And wandering through thick and wet scrub is not my idea of fun. The intent of this walk was cross the valley between the Yeomans Track and Wallaroo Track, and in the process look at an Aboriginal rock engraving site that had recently been “found”. The walk starts rather uneventfully, as I make good progress along the Salvation Loop and then down the Walleroo Track.
Before reaching the end of the Walleroo Track, I turn left onto the Yeomans Track.
It’s been a couple of years since the last time I ventured down the Yeomans Track, and I’m surprised how overgrown the track has become. Originally a wide firetrail, most of the trail is now a narrow bushwalking track. I’m already getting scratched arms and legs, before I’ve even left the track!
At the end of the Wallaroo Track, I head into the bush, trying to stick as much as possible to the rock platforms as the scrub is pretty dense. Although it’s impossible to avoid some bush-bashing through dense scrub, there are some expansive areas of rock near the top of the ridge that make progress a bit easier.
There’s also some impressive rock formations below the top of the rock platform.
Below me and to the west is Yeomans Bay, which has a few boats moored in the sheltered bay, despite the very overcast weather.
I locate the Aboriginal engraving of a kangaroo, which is fairly large and has an unusual band across its body. The engraving was first documented by R.H. Mathews in 1898 – who noted some of the kangaroo’s unusual features – but its location was never accurately recorded.
I still need to traverse the valley and find my way back up to the Wallaroo Track, on the way crossing a small creek which flows into Castle Bay. There’s a small but nice multi-tiered waterfall, surrounded by ferns.
Above the waterfall are a series of small cascades and waterholes in the creek bed. It’s a nice spot for a break before tackling the climb up the valley to the Wallaroo Track.
Unfortunately, the rain sets in for the second half of my bushwalk, getting increasingly heavy as I trudge up the steep slope.
There’s a few filtered views of the water as I get higher up the slope, and some nice Christmas Bells (Blandfordia nobilis) which form part of the Lily family.
The rest of the walk should be pretty straightforward… but somehow I overshoot and miss the Wallaroo Track. I spend an extra half an hour wandering through the dense scrub before finally spotting the firetail below me. With the rain showing no sign of abating, I slog back along the Wallaroo Track and Salvation Loop, arriving at the car completely drenched.
Getting to the Yeomans Track and Wallaroo Track Loop
While much of this loop is on established and marked trails, the section between the Yeomans Track and Wallaroo Track is off track: basic route-finding / navigation is required and the scrub is thick in places. If you’re stay on track, take the Wallaroo Track which is one of the less-busy West Head trails and has some nice views at the end.
Guide to West Head
For more West Head bushwalking suggestions, have a look at the Guide to West Head bushwalks post or download the PDF summary.