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Thungara Trail 6 - Lookouts, Port Denison

  • 1-3 hours
  • 9 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

This is one of six trails on which to explore the area of Dongara and Port Denison. This walk starts at the Fishermen’s Lookout, takes you down through the marina in Port Denison, along the beach, then along the river into Dongara and back.

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Fishermen's Memorial Lookout, Harbour View, Port Denison. 353km (3.5 hours) north of Perth

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This walk begins at the Fisherman's lookout and Obelisk located at Point Leander reef in the Arurine Bay, the area contains the sites of several shipwrecks. Head along the Marina foreshore past the fishing fleet which began in the mid 1950s bringing in the Western Rock Lobsters. You'll pass the old processing factory which opened in 2002, now they are processed in Geraldton. 

Cross the road to Grannies beach where the school children have their swimming lessons and follow the path along Surf Beach passing Nun's Pool where the Dominican Sisters used to bath whilst living at the now Priory Lodge Hotel but then their Convent and school.

If you have time cross the road and climb the stairs to the lookout which overlooks the Indian Ocean and the Irwin River Estuary. Otherwise take the boardwalk which crosses the river. Follow the river all the way into the Dongara side. You will see an array of bird life on this section of the walk.

When you approach the Irwin River Bridge take the stairs up and cross the river on Point Leander Drive. Head back down to the Irwin River Park and follow the river trail, you will see a building right on the banks of the river which was the site of the first Flour Mill in 1865. This has also been the home of Dr Bartlett and the Benedictine's Retreat and is now Denison House and houses the local arts and crafts groups.

Follow the river around and you will come to a footpath in Retreat Boulevade, this will lead onto the boardwalk and Ocean Drive which will take you back to where you started.

Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre

(08) 9927 1404

Dongara – Port Denison Visitors Centre

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Time / Duration

1-2 hours


9km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Fishermen's Memorial Lookout, Harbour View, Port Denison. 353km (3.5 hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Hazards & Warnings

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


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • Public Telephone
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled

Best time of year

August to May


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Prohibited Items

Dogs allowed on leads
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