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Conspicuous Beach to Rame Head Campsite, Walpole-Nornalup Trails WA Top Trail Icon

  • Half day
  • 6.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

A spectacular walk along coastal cliffs with outstanding and far reaching views east and west along the south coast.  This Bibbulmun Track day walk from Conspicuous Beach to Rame Head Campsite is 6.6km return.

Looking east from Rame Head Shelter, you can enjoy this amazing view
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Trail Start

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Conspicuous Beach car park near Nornalup, 433km (5 hours) south of Perth

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Rame Head Campsite

Follow the track that intersects the beach access path to the left. This is actually the Bibbulmun Track. There is a lookout part way along, after which the Track steepens considerably. When you reach a fork in the path, turn right. You will soon reach the lookout at the top. Whales are frequently seen from the Conspicuous Beach Lookout from July to October. You may spot the distinctive cloud that is formed as a whale exhales air from the blow-hole on the top of its head. Southern right whales calve and suckle their young in sheltered bays along the southern coast. About the size of a bus, these large stocky creatures weigh up to 80 tonnes and may be 18m long. Despite their size, they are agile and active, and their acrobatic antics can keep whale watchers entranced for hours. However, their commonest behaviour is lying around like logs at the surface. The large head comprises up to a quarter of the total body length, and the lower jawline is distinctively bowed. There is no dorsal fin, but they have broad, triangular and flat flippers. The twin blow-holes produce a high, V-shaped blow. There are horny growths called callosities on various parts of the head. The patterns formed by the callosities are different for each individual. In July and August, humpback whales pass quickly on the way to their breeding grounds in the north, and return in October at a more leisurely pace, when they may be seen breaching and playing quite close to the shore. Humpbacks are the fifth largest of the great whales. Named because of the distinct 'hump' that shows as the whale arches its back when it dives, humpbacks also have knobby heads, very long flippers with knobs on the front edge, and a humped dorsal fin. They are blackish, with white undersides and sides. The maximum length is 18 metres and a mature adult may weigh up to 45 tonnes.

Conspicuous Beach is undeveloped, and apart from sightseers is used only by the occasional surfer or fisherman. In other words, it is pretty much as it has been for the thousands of years since the sea level rose after the last ice age. If you like coastline which is scenic, unspoiled and pristine (or close to it), then Conspicuous Beach is a spot to be enjoyed. Swimming is not recommended at this beach; other than the rare calm days it is usually too rough to be considered safe. Surfing and fishing are not without risks either. Like other beaches on Western Australia's south coast which are windswept and exposed to big southern swells, Conspicuous Beach is best enjoyed by walking along it and sitting on it. The scenery, the sounds and sights of crashing waves, and being immersed in the wildness of raw nature are the attractions here.

The beach is named for the small, yet indeed quite conspicuous, limestone cliff perched atop a tall, steep hill that towers over the beach. The walk up to the cliff-top lookout is quite steep. When you reach the top, the views are quite spectacular and well worth the climb.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shelter at Rame Head campsite. Named for the prominent headland close by, the campsite was built in 1998 by Mountain Designs staff and their families. The 'Nornalup' design sleeps 12 to 15.
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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.

Track notes

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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Time / Duration

4-5 hours return

Length

6.6km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Conspicuous Beach car park near Nornalup, 433km (5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Rame Head Campsite

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Facilities

Toilets and a small gazebo are located at Conspicuous Beach car park. Another toilet as well as a water tank are located at Rame Head campsite.
  • Camping
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

April to December

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Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets or bikes
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1 trail goers have rated Conspicuous Beach to Rame Head Campsite, Walpole-Nornalup as 5 out of 5!

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Fayley Arthur

Reviewed 4 Apr 2020, 3:26pm

The walk along the ridge line of the dunes before you get to Conspicuous beach has an amazing \u201cno one else gets to see this\u201d kind of feel, because it's such a different perspective from what you see in your car. After the stairs at Conspicuous beach there is a small beach walk until your back in the dunes then along the cliff top. The views are seriously breathtaking. We went in springtime. If you have the time, extend this walk by starting at the Valley of the Giants carpark and walk through the tingle forest, then jarrah, karri, farmland, sea dunes, and finally clifftop - a bit of everything! We were blessed as the dunes were a sea of flowering shrubs when we went in September.

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