Top Trail: Conspicuous Beach to Rame Head Campsite, Walpole-Nornalup
About the Trail
This walk provides a taste of unspoiled coastline. Much of the coastline around Walpole is gorgeously rugged, but difficult to get to. Conspicuous Beach is one of the few beaches in the area accessible to two-wheel-drive vehicles. As an example of WA's wild and isolated coastal splendour it is hard to beat.
This section offers two whale watching lookouts before traversing a beach section. The track then climbs steeply to Conspicuous Cliffs for spectacular views over the Southern Ocean then descends through coastal heath. Keep an eye open for tiny wrens and other small birds en route to Rame Head camp site.
Southern Right and Humpback whales can be seen in winter and spring breaching and playing quite close to the shore. Enjoy further outstanding views towards Point Irwin and beyond from Rame Head campsite. The ascent to Rame Head campsite can be challenging.
Vehicle access- Conspicuous Beach carpark
From Walpole, head east on South Coast Hwy for 15km, turn right onto Conspicuous Beach Rd and travel 6km to carpark near beach.
0.0 From Conspicuous Beach carpark, take the trail toward beach.
0.1 At foot of boardwalk descend steps and turn left along beach towards Conspicuous Cliff.
0.3 Turn left off beach at pine pole on edge of dunes and climb sand-blow.
0.6 In the valley between two sand ridges, head inland beyond small swampy area. Veer right and begin ascent towards Conspicuous Cliff.
1.4 The shoulder of the ridge has excellent views west along the coast. View extends as far as Nuyts Wilderness and Point Nuyts in the west and over Irwin Inlet and Quarram Beach to the east.
1.9 The sharp left-hand bend on point of sand ridge has spectacular views over Conspicuous Beach and west to Point Nuyts. The granite knob of Mt Frankland can also be seen to north. Soon pass within 50m of the crest of Conspicuous Cliff. Please keep to marked trail here.
2.0 Cross ridge with wonderful views east across Point Irwin to Point Hillier. West Cape Howe is visible on the far horizon on clear days. Back to the west, views of the Nornalup and Walpole Inlets, Mt Clare and the Walpole town site can be seen.
2.8 Skirt face of steep sand ridge with spectacular views over ocean below and east as far as West Cape Howe and Rame Head campsite in the foreground.
3.3 Turn right at T-junction and arrive at Rame Head campsite with outstanding views toward Point Irwin and beyond.
Retrace your steps to your vehicle.
This is one of many day walks possible on the Bibbulmun Track which stretches 1000km from Kalamunda on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast.
The Bibbulmun Track offers a wide range of experiences, from a gentle stroll to enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural environment, to an epic eight week adventure camping out at the 49 campsites and enjoying the hospitality of nine communities along the way. Those that walk every step of the way can be registered as end-to-enders.
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