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Eaton to the Cut, Kayak Trail

  • 1-3 hours
  • 4 km

This easy 4 km return paddle starts at the Eaton boat ramp, takes you across the Leschenault Estuary to the narrow strip of land between the estuary and the ocean.

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Boat ramp at Eaton, on the Old Coast Road 161km (1 hour 40 minutes) south of Perth

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Start at the tidal part of the Collie River at Eaton which is 161km (1 hour 40 minutes) south of Perth. The  boat ramp is on the south side of the old bridge. Follow the river out onto Lechenault Inlet. To the west (in front of you) you will see the Cut, a rock wall lined channel linking the inlet to the sea.

Paddle directly to the cut, around 1.5km, and land on a small beach inside the north side. There is a grassy camping area with BBQ's here, accessable only by boat. Kangaroos abound.

If camping overnight you will need to be self sufficient as there is no drinking water or toilets provided. There is no need to book and most likely you will have the place to yourself.

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Time / Duration

Allow at least a half day

Length

4 km return

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

Boat ramp at Eaton, on the Old Coast Road 161km (1 hour 40 minutes) south of Perth

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Trail End

Hazards & Warnings

Kangaroo ticks abound on the grass of the camping area.

Facilities

If you do camp you will need to be completely self-sufficient - including drinking water.
  • Camping
  • Car Park

Best time of year

September to April

Fees

No fees apply

Trail Access

Road 2WD

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2 trail goers have rated Eaton to the Cut, Kayak Trail as 4 out of 5!

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steve bennett

Reviewed 14 Sep 2016, 8:23am

A great mix of river, estuary and ocean. There is a campsite on the western tip that is for boats only. Be careful of the water movements through the cut if venturing out to sea as it can be difficult to paddle against.
Graeme Barrett

Reviewed 24 Jan 2015, 5:28pm

This is a great kayak trail. You can put in at the Eaton boat ramp or at Pelican Point (nice shallow water for quite a way) and paddle across to the far side of the estuary for a wander or to fish. If you want to try the cut, beware the tide direction and chop. It can get quite rough and the flow of tide is strong. Two weeks ago I mis-timed and even with my Watersnake motor on high speed and me peddling (Hobie Revo 13), the tide was pushing me back in to the channel.

But for those times when you hit the tide at when it's not too difficult to handle, go to the right on the ocean side and you will most likely be surrounded by the dolphins in residence there. It's a fantastic experience as they swim with, around and under your kayak.

Remember, check the tide times before tackling the cut, and wear safety gear.

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