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Peak Charles National Park is 507km (5 hours) east of Perth and 174km (2 hours) NW of Esperance.
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About Peak Charles Trail, Peak Charles NP
Peak Charles differs markedly from other rock outcrops in the region in size, height and steepness. The trail to the summit consists of three sections. The sections you choose to do will depend on your level of fitness, how well equipped you are and weather conditions.
Moderate incline, rough surfaces, very slippery when wet.
Height: 295 metres Total distance from here: 600 metres return (allow 45 minutes)
The start of the trail is well defined and has no markers. It takes you through open woodland across mildly undulating terrain with loose rocks to exposed rock at the base of Peak Charles. From this point the trail is marked by white-tipped poles. Some high stepping onto rocks is required. This section of the trail ends at Mushroom Rock, one of many intriguing rock formations on the slopes of Peak Charles.
Steep incline, rough, unstable surfaces. Very slippery when wet. Strong winds.
Height: 460 metres Total distance from here 2.2km return (allow 2 hours)
This section of the trail, which is marked by white-tipped poles inserted into rock cairns, is much steeper and has large loose rocks. It requires frequent high stepping and handholds to get up in places. There is also some rock scrambling. The trail traverses up bare rock and through vegetated areas to a saddle on the southeast ridge that offers sweeping views over the woodlands, sandplain heaths and salt lake systems of the surrounding countryside.
PEAK CHARLES SUMMIT
Exceeds walktrail classification as this section requires frequent rock scrambling.
Very steep, exposed incline. Rough surfaces. Very slippery when wet. Strong winds.
Height: 651 metres
Total distance from here: 3.4km return (allow 3 hours)
This section of the trail is very steep and requires foot and hand placement in crevices to pull yourself up in places. You must be able to lift your own weight several times. There are no markers and you mst be able to find and assess appropriate hand and foot holds. On the descent you have to crab crawl on your hands and feet with your back to the rock. If you are short you may need to be pulled up in a few places on the ascent by another person and you will have to slide down some short sections of steep on the descent. The summit is largely bare and marked by a tall rock cairn.
Be trail ready for Peak Charles Trail, Peak Charles NP
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
2 - 3 hours
1.6 kilometres to the summit, 3.2 kilometres 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 ItemsFor most of the year there is no fresh water, so if you intend to visit, make sure you are totally self-sufficient.
Keep to formed paths or bare rock to protect fragile plant communities.
Take all rubbish, including food scraps out with you.
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Hazards & WarningsTrail has a natural surface of granite and rock so caution is advised. If wet or windy do not attempt steep rocky bare sections of the trail. Take extreme care near steep slopes. Stay away from cliff edges.
FacilitiesThe campground has no facilities - so you'll need to be self-sufficient and take your own water and cooking equipment.
Interpretive panels at the campground give more information about Peak Charles.
- Car Park
- Interpretive Centre
- Public Toilet
Best time of year
All year round except in wet or windy conditions.
National Park fees
The road accessing the park is gravel and a four-wheel drive is recommended.
Prohibited ItemsNo pets in National Parks
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Peak Charles National Park
Peak Charles SummitView from the top
Campsite and parking areaView from above
Peak Charles SummitA long way down
Day Use Area Peak Charles National Park
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