Gnamma Trail

30 min to 1 h
30 min to 1 h 15 min

2.7 km

↑ 32 m
↓ -32 m

Moderate track
Starting from The Humps car park off Bates Road, Hyden, this walk takes you on a circuit via the Gnamma Trail. The Gnamma Trail has strong Noongar (Aboriginal) focus to its interpretation, with ten panels consisting of words and illustrations created by Noongar artists and elders to describe this landscape, its features and the birds, animals and plants that live in it. The terrain is flat with no steps or steep sections, suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. The trail passes through a range of local vegetation rich with springtime wildflowers and numerous birds, revealing fine examples of a gnamma and a lizard trap used by the land's original inhabitants in millennia past. Gnammas are waterholes in the rocks that were formed through weathering of faults in granite which Aboriginal people then enlarged by using fire. The importance of gnammas to the survival of Aboriginal people cannot be underestimated as they retain water long after rain, providing a vital source of fresh water in the blistering hot dry summers. 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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