Camel Trail

4 h to 6 h

15.3 km

↑ 375 m
↓ -375 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Python Pool car park off Roeburn-Wittenoom Road, Millstream-Chichester National Park, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Herbert and back via the Camel Trail. Linking the stunning Python Pool to the lookout at Mount Herbert, this historic trail follows part of an old route used by cameleers to lead their camels to reliable water sources. The Camel Trail winds up the rugged basalt and sandstone escarpment of the Chichester Ranges through rolling spinifex covered hills and large termite mounds, passing McKenzie Spring before heading to the summit of Mount Herbert. There are a couple of benches along the way that allow you to stop for a rest and take in the view of the surrounding landscape. Most of the walk is fairly straightforward, but there are a few unclear moments when the trail's camel-emblazoned markers are helpful in confirming that you've taken the right path. Even in the more difficult section up to Mount Herbert, the Camel Trail is surprisingly gentle and makes for a perfect introduction to walking in the Australian Outback. Although the trail is relatively easy, walkers should take care as there are some natural obstacles, uneven surfaces and rocky sections. If you're not going to walk out & back, it may be a good idea to start from Mount Herbert. If you're planning on returning to your starting spot on the other hand, begin from Python Pool. 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.
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