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Monkey Rock Trail, Denmark Monkey Rock Trail, Denmark

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

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

The Monkey Rock Trail is a well used section of the Shiela Hill Trail/ Mt Hallowell and Bibbulmun Track. The 2km return track winds through Karri and Marri forest and leads up onto Monkey Rock, where walkers will be rewarded with stunning views over the coast.

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The Monkey Rock Trail is a well used segment of the Shiela Hill Trail/ Mt Hallowell and Bibbulmun Track.

From the Monkey Rock carpark, follow the Bibbulmun Track markers until you reach the Dieback Cleaning Station (please make use of this station to prevent the spread of this biodiversity threat). The path climbs gradually through tall Karri and Marri forests, past a large fallen log and traverses around a magnificent rock formation. The top of the rock offers astounding panoramic views over Lights Beach and surrounding Denmark. The trail becomes moderately steep at the rock section and takes around 30 minutes to reach the summit. Note that during the wet months, the trail can become quite waterlogged especially around the granite rock.

For the easiest access to the summit, follow the trail to the highest point near the rear of the granite rock (the path will level off and continue along as the Bibbulmun Track). Once on the rock you will discover steps to take you over the most diffcult parts to the summit.

To access the trail, the Monkey Rock carpark is located on Lights Road (look for the brown street sign between 306 and 322 Lights Road) approximately 8km from Denmark town centre.

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(08) 9848 2648

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Time / Duration

One to three hours


2.2km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Monkey Rock carpark, Lights Road, Denmark. 429km SW of Perth.

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 4

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

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Difficulty Notes

Medium to difficult trail

Hazards & Warnings

Beware of snakes during warmer months of October to April.


Monkey Rock can be a dangerous place as there are no guard rails. Be extremely careful and watch children at all times.


Dogs are required to be on a lead at all times

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Best time of year

All year round.

Trail Access

By car to Denmark

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1 trail goers have rated Monkey Rock Trail, Denmark as 5 out of 5!

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Jazmin Maher

Reviewed 27 Jan 2023, 10:14am

Very steep incline, but overall not too difficult. Do not attempt in wet weather because it will be very slippery. The views are incredible from the top and definitely worth it.

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