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Coalmine Beach to Nornalup, Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network

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Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

Paddle from the tranquil Coalmine Beach on the Nornalup Inlet up Kwakoorillup Beela (the Frankland River) to the sleepy hamlet of Nornalup. You’ll paddle past low lying areas of melaleucas and rushes before feeling dwarfed by the towering karri trees of the Walpole Nornalup National Park as you get closer to Nornalup.

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Coalmine Beach, Walpole Nornalup National Park

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Nornalup

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Although the largest river by volume in the region, the Frankland River has a peaceful feel as it sweeps lazily around the bends to where it meets the Nornalup Inlet. It provides a lifeline for creatures both in the water and in the forest that line its banks. 

Black bream, whiting and southern blue spot flathead are just a few of at least 40 fish species that have been recorded here. Keep an eye out for waterbirds as you approach the delta of the Frankland River. You might see black swans, swamp hens, cormorants and herons. 

From Coalmine Beach, paddle east around the northern edge of the Nornalup Inlet and then follow the Frankland River up to Nornalup. 

Offering protection from the wind, the lower Frankland River is classified as easy with slow to fast moving water and few obstacles. Although the river flows all year round, about eighty percent of the discharge occurs during winter and spring, which can result in seasonal currents requiring advanced paddling skills.

The Nornalup Inlet is exposed to wind, waves and tidal currents and is appropriate for medium to advanced paddlers. Weather conditions can change quickly and paddlers need to ensure that their skills are sufficient to manage the entire trip (self-rescue and navigation skills required).

This trail is 9km one way between Coalmine Beach and Nornalup. There is water access and carparking at either end. 

You can paddle to a range of destinations from Coalmine Beach. Look for other suggestions in the Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network on TrailsWA or on the trailhead signage at Coalmine Beach.  

Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre

(08) 9840 1111

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Length

9km one way

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

Coalmine Beach, Walpole Nornalup National Park

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Trail End

Nornalup

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Facilities

  • Bicycle Path
  • Bicycle Rack
  • Car Park
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Water Access Points

Trail Access

Walpole is about 430km south of Perth. Coalmine Beach is 4.5km east of Walpole via the South Coast Highway and Coalmine Beach Road

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