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About Mt Chudalup Summit Walk Trail, Northcliffe
Mt Chudalup is a 187m high granite outcrop in the D'Entrecasteaux National Park, on the way to Windy Harbour 16km south of Northcliffe.
Mt Chudalup, known as a monadnock, rises abruptly from the surrounding sedge and heathlands. This massive block of granite is fringed by Karri and Marri forest. The summit offers magnificent 360 degree views of the surrounding D'Entrecastreaux National Park and the coast beyond.
The best way to experience the fantastic views over the National Park and beyond is to take the Summit Walk Trail which leaves the picnic shelter at the carpark and leads up through karri and marri forest which gives way to peppermints, grass trees, snottygobbles, banksias and sheoaks.
One you reach the top of Mount Chudalup, you can enjoy sweeping views of the coast and surrounds, including the Meerup and Doggerup Dunes, the Southern Ocean, D’Entrecasteaux National Park and the Shannon Forest.
From the top you can see also the patterns of the land that give D’Entrecasteaux National Park its unique character. It is a transition between the coastal belt and the tall forests. Continuous lashing by the Southern Ocean winds has created an extensive sand dune system. These coastal dunes have blocked the flow of streams and creeks trying to empty into the ocean. Over time this has created a chain of lakes and wetlands extending from the Broke Inlet in the south to Lake Jasper (the largest freshwater lake in the south-west) north-west of Mount Chudalup.
Once you reach the granite section, look out for the amazing diversity of mosses and lichens. This granite outcrop is home to 42 species of moss, 28 species of lichen and 6 species of liverwort. They are an integral part of the complex ecosystem that exists on this "granite island".
Be aware that the granite can be slippery in wet weather and there are steep drop offs on the summit.
Be trail ready for Mt Chudalup Summit Walk Trail, Northcliffe
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
40 minutes return
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful ItemsTake enough water for a moderate climb.
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & WarningsThe peak of Mount Chudalup has dangerous sheer faces. Exercise caution at all times – especially in windy weather.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
Best time of year
All year round
National Park fees
Drive or bus to Northcliffe then drive from Northcliffe 16km to Mt Chudalup.
Prohibited ItemsNo pets
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