Trails: Coastal

Trails are a great way to explore some of Western Australia's 12,000 kilometres of pristine coastline.  From walking along sandy beaches and dramatic cliff tops to snorkelling or paddling in the pristine water - it's hard to beat a coastal trail!

The Coastal Trail near Esperence includes Lucky Bay which is famous for its sunbathing kangaroos, which often lounge on the snow-white beaches.

Up north the self-drive Shark Bay World Heritage Drive takes in a huge range of unique features including the tiny cockleshells of Shell Beach, the stromatolites of Hamelin Bay and the dolphins at Monkey Mia.

Closer to Perth, many of the cycle paths follow the coastline, and a family favourite is to cycle around Rottnest Island which also has two excellent snorkel trails with interperative plaques on the sea bed.

Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand National Park.

Coastal Trails in Western Australia

Trail Name Top Trail Rating Region Time Length Difficulty
Bald Head Walk Trail, Torndirrup NP South West Full day 12.5km Difficult
Bigurda Trail, Kalbarri NP Coral Coast Half day 8km Moderate
Blowholes Trail, Torndirrup NP South West Less than 1 hour 1.6km Easy
Boolagoorda Trail, Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.4km Easy
Bunker Bay Loop, Dunsborough South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 3.6km Moderate
Cape Naturaliste to Sugarloaf Rock, Dunsborough South West 1-3 hours 3.5km Easy
Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 4.0km Easy
Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River This is a Top Trail South West Multiple day 135km Easy
Caves Trail, Yallingup South West Less than 1 hour (Loop) .6km Easy
Coastal trail - Silver Sands to Madora Bay, Mandurah Perth 1-3 hours 11km Easy
Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP This is a Top Trail Golden Outback Multiple day 17km Difficult
Coogee Maritime Trail Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) .3km Easy
Coral Bay Kayak Trail Coral Coast Half day (Loop) 2km Easy
Direction Island Heritage Trail Indian Ocean Islands 1-3 hours (Loop) 3.5km Easy
Dolly Beach, Christmas Island Indian Ocean Islands 1-3 hours 2km Easy
Eagle Bluff Boardwalk, Shark Bay Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) .4km Easy
Eaton to the Cut, Kayak Trail South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 5km Easy
Ellen Cove to Albany Port This is a Top Trail South West 1-3 hours 6km Easy
Erskine Nature Trail, Mandurah Perth 1-3 hours 6km Easy
Frenchman Peak Walktrail, Cape Le Grand NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 3km Difficult
Gabbi Karniny Bidi, Rottnest Island This is a Top Trail Perth Half day (Loop) 9.7km Moderate
Garden Island Kayak Trail, Rockingham Perth Half day 10km Moderate
Getting high in nature, Australia’s South West South West Multiple day (Loop) 1000km Easy
Great Ocean Way, Esperance This is a Top Trail Golden Outback Half day 12km Easy
Greenough River Nature Trail Coral Coast Half day (Loop) 17km Moderate
Hakea Walk Trail, East Fitzgerald NP This is a Top Trail Golden Outback Multiple day 23km Moderate
Halls Head Coastal Trail, Mandurah Perth 1-3 hours 12km Easy
Henderson Cliffs Walk Trail, Beeliar Park Perth Less than 1 hour (Loop) 0.4km Easy
Hill Springs, Cape Arid National Park Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 0.5km Easy
Inlet Drive Cycle Path, Denmark South West 1-3 hours 4km Easy
Island Top Walk Trail, Woody Island Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 2.1km Moderate
Jurien Bay Underwater Interpretive Snorkel and Dive Trail This is a Top Trail Coral Coast 1-3 hours (Loop) 0.1km Easy
Karlinyah Bidi, Rottnest Island Perth 1-3 hours 5.9km Moderate
Lake Thetis Loop Trail, Cervantes Coral Coast 1-3 hours (Loop) 1.5km Easy
Len Otte Nature Trail, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 1km Moderate
Little Island Kayak Trail, Hillary’s Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) 5km Easy
Mamang Trail, Fitzgerald River NP Golden Outback Multiple day 31 km Moderate
Mandu Mandu Walk, Cape Range NP, Exmouth Coral Coast 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Moderate
Mariner’s Cove Trail, Creery Wetlands, Mandurah Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Easy
Meelup Reserve Trail, Dunsborough This is a Top Trail South West Full day 7.4km Easy
Mt Arid, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 4km Difficult
Mt Brown Walk Trail, Beeliar Park Perth 1-3 hours 2km Easy
Ngank Yira Bidi, Rottnest Island Perth Half day 9.4km Moderate
Ocean Beach Cycleway and Footpath, Denmark South West 1-3 hours 8.5km Easy
One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon This is a Top Trail Coral Coast 1-3 hours 3km Easy
Parker Point Snorkel Trail, Rottnest Island This is a Top Trail Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) .2km Easy
Peak Head Track, Torndirrup National Park South West 1-3 hours 4.8km Difficult
Peel Region Canoe Trails This is a Top Trail Perth Half day 20km Easy
Pelican Trail, Augusta South West Less than 1 hour 2.4km Easy
Penguin Island Boardwalk & Walk Trail This is a Top Trail Perth Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.5km Easy
Point Ann Heritage Trail, Fitzgerald NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.5km Easy
Point Possession Heritage Trail, Torndirrup NP South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 5km Easy
Pupalong Loop Walk, D’Entrecasteaux NP South West Less than 1 hour (Loop) .4km Easy
Quenda Trail, Yallingup South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 4km Moderate
Ride the Sunset Coast- Marmion to Burns Beach This is a Top Trail Perth 1-3 hours 14km Easy
Shark Bay Kayak Trail, Denham Coral Coast Multiple day 90km Difficult
Shark Bay World Heritage Drive This is a Top Trail Coral Coast Multiple day 160km Easy
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Paddle Perth Half day (Loop) 8km Moderate
Skinny Dip Bay Walk, Woody Island Nature Reserve Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 1.5km Difficult
Tagon Coastal Trail, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback Half day 14km Difficult
The Dales, Christmas Island This is a Top Trail Indian Ocean Islands 1-3 hours (Loop) 7.2km Moderate
Thungara Trails, Dongara Denison   -- Coral Coast -- -- --
Torpedo Trail, Yallingup South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Moderate
Turquoise Way Trail, Jurien Bay This is a Top Trail Coral Coast 1-3 hours 14.2km Easy
Twiggy’s Landing and Shearwater Lookout Walk, Woody Island Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 1km Moderate
Wanamalu Trail, Cape Peron, Shark Bay Coral Coast 1-3 hours 3.6km Moderate
Wardan Nara Bidi, Rottnest Island Perth Half day 10km Moderate
Wardanup Trail, Yallingup South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 6.3km Moderate
West Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 1.7km Moderate
Whale Lookout Walk Trail, Cape Naturaliste South West Less than 1 hour 2.4km Easy
Whale Trail, Augusta South West 1-3 hours 6km Easy
Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail, Denmark South West Half day 12km Easy
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia, Shark Bay Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) 2.7km Moderate
Yardie Creek Walk Trail, Cape Range NP This is a Top Trail Coral Coast 1-3 hours 2km Moderate
Yeagarup Dunes to Warren Beach Track, Pemberton South West 1-3 hours 6km Moderate