Inspired by Australia's natural, developing and fun environments.
Get some inspiration.
Published October 18th 2016
In search of the elusive heath goanna
The sheltered waters of Yangie Bay provide for a spectacular backdrop to the Yangie Bay Campground and the walking trails that emanate from within. Located within the Coffin Bay National Park on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, a short hike on one of these trails is a must if you are in the neighbourhood.
The information board and trailhead is near the toilet facilities alongside the small boat ramp and details are provided of the four marked walks in the area varying in distance and intensity from 1km to 20km. All four walks start off in the same direction towards the Yangie Lookout with information boards en-route explaining some of the history of the region, its flora and fauna.
In a clever way to inspire children, Heath the Goanna provides a running commentary on most boards along the route about the region and the history and lifestyle of goannas. Heath Goannas are a rare and endangered lizard species with a heritage that extends over thousands of years with links back to the dinosaur age.
From the Yangie Lookout, the walking trails descent in different directions with options for everyone. For those less inclined, they may return back to the Campground as they came, thus completing a 1km return trip. Alternatively they may continue down and around the range before reaching the bay and following the shoreline back to the Campground.
For those with a lot more energy, the Yangie Island Hike takes you on a 5km return trek to view the beautiful Yangie Island located in the western part of the bay, while those with plenty of time may like to take the 20km Yangie Bay to Long Beach Hike which takes walkers on an extended trek through the natural sheoak and mallee lands.
Each of the walking trails are sign posted to minimise getting lost, something which is a distinct possibility given the variety of distractions around. Abundant wildflowers during spring present a pleasant aroma and vibrant colours, while wallabies are often seen basking in the sun. The emu with her chicks makes for a surprise, but sadly we are unable to find any heath goannas on the trails today. Perhaps next time.
The Yangie Bay Campground is 16km southwest of the township of Coffin Bay. Fees apply to enter the park with different rates applicable for day trips or overnight stays. Further details are available from the National Parks SA website or you can pick up a brochure from the Information Centres in Coffin Bay or Port Lincoln.