Trail con­nects out­back, ocean

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to ex­plore the nat­u­ral scenery and her­itage in their town’s own back­yard at sig­na­ture event, the Yabu­rara Com­mu­nity Walk, next week.

The KCA’s sixth an­nual walk, a free event de­signed to bring peo­ple to­gether to cel­e­brate Kar­ratha’s great out­doors, is com­ing up fast on Satur­day, Au­gust 20.

The 3.5km low-im­pact walk over the Kar­ratha hills will start at Kar­ratha Visi­tor Cen­tre and fin­ish at the Leisure­plex, with the KCA pro­vid­ing buses to ferry peo­ple from the Leisure­plex carpark up to the start of the track.

KCA chair­woman Joanne Pritchard and deputy chair­man Stu­art Otto said the walk had been very well­sup­ported since its be­gin­nings six years ago, and al­ways at­tracted more than 100 peo­ple.

“You get tourists who are here on the day and then you get the com­mu­nity at large who have never done the walk who get up there and see — we call it where the out­back meets the ocean,” Mr Otto said. “Be­cause you look over the back and you see the beau­ti­ful out­back of Aus­tralia, and then to the front you’ve got Nickol Bay (as) the view, and it’s spec­tac­u­lar.”

New fea­tures of this year’s walk in­clude an early tour through Kar­ratha Visi­tor Cen­tre to show­case its re­cent up­grades, as well as a free photo com­pe­ti­tion to pro­mote the event and get walkers even more in­volved, with $100 of prize money up for grabs in the cat­e­gories of scenery, peo­ple and hu­mour.

The Pil­bara Ports Author­ity is the main spon­sor of this year’s walk.

Kate Cardew, 8, who has par­tic­i­pated in the walk for sev­eral years, said there were a lot of sights.

“Some­times when you go up to the top, you see the whole of Kar­ratha, and even some kan­ga­roos,” she said. “And there’s lots of rock art.”

The Yabu­rara Com­mu­nity Walk is on 8am-11am on Au­gust 20.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers and walk par­tic­i­pants, back row, Stu­art Otto, Jo Pritchard, Shirley Simp­son; front row, Elsie Cardew, 10, Kate Cardew, 8, Shon­tay Cardew and Dion Fraser.

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