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Greenough River Nature Trail

Bush Walk

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  • Full day
  • 17 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2
    • 4WD Easiest
    • Mountain Bike Easy

This 17 kilometre loop walk is flat and offers a mix of coastal vegetation and beautiful river views. Allow at least four hours and take plenty of water to do this one. There is signage showing maps of the route at various points. Mountain bikes are permitted but be warned it’s a sandy track used by 4WDs.

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Greenough River carpark. 393km (4 hours) north of Perth. 23km south of Geraldton

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The Greenough River meets the sea (often blocked by a sandbar) at Cape Burney, 10km south of Geraldton. The river meanders through a mix of rich wheatfarms, remnant bushland, coastal vegetation and dunes. This day walk includes all this variety, plus numerous wildflowers in spring. The varied habitats ensure there is a wide variety of birds about. The dune and riverbank areas are havens for small birds such as wrens and honeyeaters. Pelicans, egrets, ducks and cormerants are often seen feeding in the river and estuary areas.

The walk from the mouth of the River to Rudd's Gully is about three and a half kilometres.If you fancy a dip in the river after your long walk, Devlin Pool is just a short walk past the gully. 

If doing the whole loop, allow plenty of time for its 17km length. Spring is a good time to do this walk. In summer wear a hat, lots of water, your bathers and a picnic.

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Time / Duration

3 to 6 hours

Length

17km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Greenough River carpark. 393km (4 hours) north of Perth. 23km south of Geraldton

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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.

4WD

Easiest

All-wheel Drive and High Range 4WD vehicles. Suitable for Novice Drivers. 

Mountain Bike

Easy

Likely to be a combination of fire road or wide single track with a gentle gradient, smooth surface and relatively free of unavoidable obstacles. Short sections may exceed these criteria. Frequent encounters are likely with walkers, runners, horse riders and other cyclists. Suitable for beginner/novice mountain bikers in good health with basic mountain bike
skills and using off-road bikes.

Facilities

Caravan Park at Greenough River
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • View Platform

Best time of year

May to November

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Trail Access

2WD

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2 trail goers have rated Greenough River Nature Trail as 2 out of 5!

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Twiddle sticks

Reviewed 18 Aug 2019, 2:20pm

Surprised anyone would dare call this an official trail. Only rode part of it but it's just a combination of 4wd tracks used by locals to access the riverside. Trail is mostly packed sand with moments of mud, limestone and soft sand. Gave up and turned around after about 4km, when I was sufficiently disgusted and convinced that it was not going to improve. The rivermouth / ocean front is worth visiting tho, and they're both accessible by car.
Joanne Page

Reviewed 21 Oct 2018, 8:07am

Going clockwise from the Cape Burney, the walk is well maintained, with lookouts and several seats placed evenly along the trail up to Devlin Pool road south entrance. After that there is no seating and you start to see farmland on your left. Once you cross the river and start the return there are some short sandy sections. Overall, a good trail, took me 3 hours 45 minutes with only a few quick stops for photos. Was getting a bit bored on the last hour though. Saw some pelicans, ducks, sandpiper, ibis, rabbits and a lizard.

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