Kura Kartaga Langa Reserve Boyup Brook Billabong and Trail Length 750 metres Kura Kartaga Langa meaning 'Place of Special Memories’ was the name given to this nature reserve by the Nyoongar people who grew up around Boyup Brook. Behind the old Railway Buildings, across the footbridge, a short trail leads to a tranquil rock pool, which is the Boyup Brook Billabong. Leading to the west from the path to the Billabong along the banks of the Boyup Brook is the Kura Kartaga Langa walk trail, taking no more than 15 minutes from beginning to end. At the junction of the two paths is a picnic table where, if you wait for a while and if you are very lucky, MAY bring sightings of small bird life such as Robin Red Breasts and Blue Wrens. A restful place, with a feeling of peaceful solitude, despite its close proximity to town. Before WWII immigrant men who came to Boyup Brook built simple dwellings here before sending for their families. Some were lucky enough to have loved ones arrive before the war stopped travel but others didn’t. These families developed amazingly productive gardens, which they shared generously. Some of these now feral plants can still be found scattered through the area. The trails are bush tracks and suitable footwear and trousers are recommended, especially in summer.
Bridle Trail to Skeleton Bridge Length – 5km return horse/cycle/walk walking time 1.25 hours This trail starts behind the old railway station and shares the path with the Bicentennial Walk Trail along the Brook 'til it reaches the Flaxmill precinct. Take the left fork and rejoin the disused railway line. After passing the Flaxmill, the path becomes a wide, open trail affording gorgeous panoramic views of farmland and the River flood plain. Access and a shorter walk can be taken by starting from the big machinery storage shed at the end of the entrance drive into the Flaxmill and Caravan Park. On the left, signs in the paddock will indicate the direction to the Bridle Trail. Turn right at the T junction and the old railway line leads to the Blackwood River and Skeleton Bridge. Please leave all shut gates shut behind you. Skeleton Bridge opened on the 21 May 1912 and closed 3rd June 1982, has an 80 metre span and a 12 metre drop from its centre point. The name Skeleton Bridge is a local one and conjecture is that the reference is to the open sleeper pattern. It is also is referred to as ‘Skelly’ and ‘Skellows’ Bridge by some residents. A gazebo provides shelter, detailed bridge information and a picnic table. Please take your rubbish with you when leaving A scale model of the bridge, constructed by Robert Jameison, is displayed in the Flaxmil Caravan Park office phone Gyula on 0427 651 437 to view.
Bicentennial Walk Trail
Length – 6km walking time 1.5 hrs Traversing the town boundary, this walk trail is accessible from several points. It passes through bush reserves abundant with wildflowers in season, along the banks of the Blackwood River and the Boyup Brook behind the railway station where a short detour can be made to the Boyup Brook Billabong picnic area. Opportunities to picnic by the Blackwood River are found in the Lion’s Park and the Music Park. Seven sitting places are provided along the route.