Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Day 16
Monday, April 15, 2013
Today was another easy walk; not as colorful as the past few days, but some interesting sites. We crossed the Murray River over the Long Gully Bridge, an historic curved wooden railway trestle bridge that is now open to foot traffic only. We then passed under the Worsley Alumina conveyer belt, which transports bauxite (a naturally occurring aluminum oxide) 50 km from the Mt. Saddleback mine to the refinery.
Next, we wandered through more jarrah, marri, and wandoo forests where we came across a hand carved wooden sign that stated "Yarragil Hilton - this way". A little further along we came across a tree with a large hollow opening in the trunk and another hand carved sign reading "Yarragil Hilton", a little bit of amusement along the track. We also came across wooden rails from the old logging railway that use to support the timber mining in this area.
We finally came to Lake Balingall, formed by the damming of the Harris River in 1989, where we made camp at the Harris Dam campsite for the night. A couple of people from our group went fishing and were good enough to share their catch with all of us, so we had fresh fish for dinner.