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Mt Chudalup Summit Walk Trail, Northcliffe

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

Situated 16 km south of Northcliffe just off the Windy Harbour Road.  Mount Chudalup towers over the surrounding karri forest. The climb to the top of this 185 metre granite dome is steep in places but well worth the effort.

The view from Mount Chudalup
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Mount Chudalup car park in D’Entrecasteaux National Park which is 16 km south of Northcliffe on the Windy Harbour Road.

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Mount Chudalup

Mt Chudalup rises abruptly from the surrounding sedge and heathlands. Fringed by karri and marri forest, the summit is 187 metres above sea level and offers stunning 360o views of the surrounding D’Entrecasteaux National Park and the southern coastline beyond.

One of the best ways to experience Windy Harbour’s stunning setting is to take a walk along a cliff top. Coastal Survivors Walk is a coastal walk along the dunes and cliff tops which links Point D’Entrecasteaux and Windy Harbour via Cathedral Rock. Learn about the coastal plants and animals and their adaptations to this most demanding of environments.

Experience the best of the south-west’s wild, windswept coast at Point D’Entrecasteaux from several cliff top lookout platforms.
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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.

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Time / Duration

40 minutes return

Length

2km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Mount Chudalup car park in D’Entrecasteaux National Park which is 16 km south of Northcliffe on the Windy Harbour Road.

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Trail End

Mount Chudalup

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

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.

Difficulty Notes

Steep in sections. The peak of Mount Chudalup has dangerous sheer faces. Exercise caution at all times – especially in windy weather.

Hazards & Warnings

The peak of Mount Chudalup has dangerous sheer faces. Exercise caution at all times – especially in windy weather.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled

Best time of year

All year round

Fees

National Park fees

Trail Access

Drive or bus to Northcliffe then drive from Northcliffe 16km to Mt Chudalup.

Prohibited Items

No pets
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1 trail goers have rated Mt Chudalup Summit Walk Trail, Northcliffe as 4 out of 5!

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Sarah Meredith

Reviewed 19 Apr 2022, 2:11pm

Really nice and simple hike to the top. There is some scrambling over rocks at the end (two different sections) that are a little steep. Most kids would be able to do this, but be careful once at the top, due to the the cliff edges. There's no protection at the top, so be sure to have sun and wind protection with you!

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