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Isle Road. 5km west of Walpole via the South Western Highway and Isle Road (gravel).
Trail EndGet directions
Sealers Cove, Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park
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About Isle Road to Sealers Cove, Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network
This paddle combines the best of both worlds - a paddle on the Nornalup Inlet and a walk through the Walpole Nornalup National Park to the isolated Circus Beach.
Keep Newdegate Island on your left as you leave the Deep River delta and head for Rocky Point and beyond to Sealers Cove. Secure your kayak here and swap your paddle for your walking shoes.
The Circus Beach walk trail is a 3km return, Class 3 walk. You'll wander thorugh peppermint groves, jarrah forest and low coastal heath. Listen for frog calls as you pass the freshwater Crinia Lake which is nestled between high dunes. A good level of fitness is recommended for this walk.
Swimming is not recommended at Circus Beach however, Sealers Cove is a refreshing place for a dip.
The Nornalup Inlet is exposed to wind, waves and tidal currents and is appropriate for medium to advanced paddlers. Weather conditions can change quickly and paddlers need to ensure that their skills are sufficient to manage the trip.
Be aware that there is no vehicle access to Sealers Cove or Circus Beach.
You can paddle to a range of destinations from Isle Road. Look for other suggestions in the Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network on TrailsWA or on the trailhead signage at Isle Road.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
2.5km one way paddle to Sealers Cove. 3km return walk from Sealers Cove to Circus Beach
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails) required.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails)
- Plenty of water and food for duration of trip.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+)
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions
- Lifejacket or flotation device
- Leg or paddle leash if paddling in the ocean
Additional Useful Items• Always let someone know of your trip plans.
• Check the weather forecast, tide charts and be aware of strong south-easterly winds. Conditions can change rapidly.
• Plan your trip according to your ability and fitness level.
• Wear appropriate sun protection (hat, sunscreen, long sleeves).
• Wear a life jacket.
• Take adequate drinking water.
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Shaded Area
- Water Access Points
Walpole is about 430km south of Perth. Isle Road canoe launch is 5km west of Walpole.
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