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Walking the walk
Allan Whittome Walking the walk

The good people of Badgingarra have been celebrating the extension to the popular Vern Westbrook walk just out of town. Now stretching for 3.7km, the walk along the Hill River to the top of a breakaway is named after farmer Vern Westbrook, one of the pioneers of the area and a man that would do "anything for anyone", according to local school teacher Allan Whittome.

And in the same spirit, the walk is a true town project driven by the Badgingarra Community Association and the West Midlands Group.

Vern Westwood Walk details: WALK BROCHURE


Local artist Sarah Kenny designed the signs that line the route and the information on these and in a new 16-page booklet were researched by the children of Badgingarra Primary School. They have put together fascinating facts about the plants and animals of the area, the geological formations and the different ways the land has been used. With the help of artist Carol Igglesden, the children have also made 12 "junk bug" sculptures out of found materials and these line the walk which crosses a trio of bridges to the top of a breakaway where there are views of Mt Lesueur, towards The Pinnacles and up the valley in the direction of Watheroo and Moora.

Walkers will see the ruins of the old stockyards and a dam. The surrounding lands were used by drovers who supplied horses and cattle for the Indian Army, and slit trenches dug during World War II to defend the road back to the Moora Hospital from a feared Japanese invasion are still in evidence. At the moment, the area is resplendent with wildflowers, according to Mr Whittome.

"The wildflowers along the walk are incredible," he says, "there are spider and enamel orchids and verticordia, all sorts - the flowers have just gone off."

'The wildflowers along the walk are incredible.' "Allan Whittome

The Vern Westbrook Walk is 3.6km east of Badgingarra on the North West Road to Moora.