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East Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 3 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

The trail up East Mt Barren is a short but moderately difficult walk offering impressive views from the summit over Culham Inlet, the Eyre Range, Hamersley Inlet and the peaks of mid Mt Barren and Thumb Peak. Offering flowers throughout the year.

View from the summit
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Hamersley Inlet Road, Fitzgerald River National Park, 600km from Perth

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Hamersley Inlet Road Fitzgerald River National Park

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The Barrens are a prominent feature of the Fitzgerald River National Park because the quartzite of their sedimentary rocks has resisted weathering more than other rock types. Over time, the lines of weakness have created boulders and smaller rocks, with crevices that provide a diversity of wildlife.

The slopes of East Mt Barren contain many of the endemic species of Fitzgerald River National Park.

At the base of the peak there is a mallee-heath community comprising eucalypts, myrtles, banksias and pea flowers. Mountain banksia, and the bright red Barrens regelia attract honeyeaters while honey possums search out more discrete flowers closer to the gound. Barrens clawflower, trigger plants and jugflowers appear higher up the trail. 

The trail commences on a timber boardwalk and then follows the western ridge towards the summit. The first ridge and final 50 metres to the summit are rough underfoot, steep and often slippery. The path is marked and it is essentail to look for these markers. The section of path near the summit looks like a rock wall; however the path leads through clefts in the rock and some scrambling is required to attain the summit.

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Time / Duration

2 - 3 hours

Length

3km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Hamersley Inlet Road, Fitzgerald River National Park, 600km from Perth

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Trail End

Hamersley Inlet Road Fitzgerald River National Park

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

The trail is steep and often rough. The final 50 metres to the summit requires some rock scrambling.

Hazards & Warnings

Trail may be slippery after rain. Cliff risks are significant in this park.

Facilities

There are campsites with barbeques and toilets nearby at Hamersley Inlet and Four Mile Beach. Fees apply. Note that no water is available .
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Telephone
  • View Platform

Best time of year

March to November

Fees

National Park fees

Trail Access

Road or bus to Hopetoun, 600km from Perth. Road to trail.

Prohibited Items

No Pets, No fires
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2 trail goers have rated East Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP as 4.5 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 5 Jun 2022, 10:00pm

Absolutely love East Mt Barren. The whole region is just amazing
Tracey Chappell

Reviewed 26 Jan 2020, 8:55pm

This entire park is mind blowing with the vegetation diversity and hills. The walk is over loose rocks but it's not too tough because it's pretty short. The views were amazing 360 degrees over the ocean, hills and pastural land. We went up and back in just over an hour with a stop up the top. The road in can be a bit corrugated. Also highly recommend Pt Ann.

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