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Thungara Trail 5 - Coastal, Port Denison

  • 1-3 hours
  • 6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

This is one of six trails on which to explore the area of Dongara and Port Denison. This walk starts at Granny’s Beach in Port Denison and around the Irwin River.

This boardwalk, located along Ocean Drive in Port Denison, takes you over the Irwin River, to the coast.
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Point Leander Drive, Port Denison, 353km (3.5 hours) north of Perth

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Beginning at Granny's Beach located in the Arurine Bay in Port Denison this beach is where the local school children hold their swimming lessons. You can either walk along the beach until you see the Irwin River or follow the footpath along the Indian Ocean coastline until you come to the boardwalk river crossing. Cross the walk bridge and follow the Irwin River.

This section of the beach is known as Nun's Pool as it was the popular swimming spot for the Dominican Sisters who walked along the river to the beach from their school at the now Priory Lodge Hotel.

The path can be seen at the Bird Hide which runs along the Dongara side of the river. Cross the bridge on Point Leander Drive and back down onto the River trail on the Port Denison side.

The house at the end of the river trail was the site of the first Flour Mill in 1865, it was later the local Dr Bartlett's house and later again the Benedictine's Retreat. It is now known as Denison House and is used by local arts and crafts groups.

Follow the river around and back onto the footpath on Retreat Boulevard which will join the Estuary boardwalk. Here you can see an array of birdlife including the West Australian Black Swan, Ibis, Pelicans and several others.

Follow the footpath along Ocean Drive back to the starting point.

Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre

(08) 9927 1404

Dongara – Port Denison Visitors Centre

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Time / Duration

1-2 hours


6.2km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Point Leander Drive, Port Denison, 353km (3.5 hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Hazards & Warnings

This walk depends on whether rivermouth is open or closed- it is usually closed (which means it can be walked)


  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Kiosk

Best time of year

August to May

Prohibited Items

Dogs on leads permitted
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