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 cliffs to snorkelling or paddling in the pristine water - it's hard to beat a coastal trail!
The Coastal Trail near Esperance 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.
Talk of coastal trails in WA is not complete without a mention of the iconic Cape to Cape Track – where you can journey between the iconic Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses with the spectacular coastal scenery and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean by your side
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 interpretive plaques on the seabed.
- Reabold Hill Summit Boardwalk – highest natural point with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.
- Cape to Cape Track
- Rottnest Island
- Bald Head Walk Trail, Torndirrup NP
- Big Lagoo Paddle Trail, Francois Peron NP
- Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP
- Great Ocean Walk Trail, Esperance
- Meelup Reserve Trail, Dunsborough