Bald Head walk trail in Albany, Western Australia (WA) (-35.098763, 117.967622) is a challenging linear 13-kilometer return track, located in the Torndirrup National Park. The trail crosses the Flinders Peninsula from East to West, and, with spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound, represents a major tourist attraction (and financial and social asset), for the City of Albany.
In September 2019, we conducted field measurements using two methods broadly based on the techniques and variables considered previously (Randall and Newsome 2008). The two datasets were generated by a problem assessment sampling method (PAM) or a stratified sampling method (SM) (transect-based).
During this field study, we assessed the condition of the trail and the effectiveness of the boardwalk, steps and other features, in relation to their location and condition. Depth and length of eroded/widened trail sections, and roots exposure were also assessed using slope and distance from trailhead as predictors. The collected data was analysed using GIS and statistical methods to provide recommendations to the WA Department of Parks & Wildlife for future optimized conservation and management strategies.