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Rest Point to Sealers Cove, Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network

Bush Walk

inSouth West
Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • Half day
  • 4.5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

Why not combine a paddle with a walk? Paddle through the channel between the Knolls, past Newdegate Island to Sealers Cove. Follow the walk trail for 1.5 kilometres through peppermint groves and jarrah forest to the rugged beauty of Circus Beach.

Circus Beach
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Trail Start

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Rest Point Caravan Park, Rest Point Road, Walpole

Trail End

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Sealers Cove, Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park

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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. 

Paddle around the western edge of the Nornalup Inlet, past Newdegate Island and Rocky Point 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 Rest Point. Look for other suggestions in the Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network on TrailsWA or on the trailhead signage at Rest Point.  

Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre

(08) 9840 1111

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4.5km one way

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

Rest Point Caravan Park, Rest Point Road, Walpole

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Trail End

Sealers Cove, Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park

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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.


  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Water Access Points

Trail Access

Walpole is about 430km south of Perth. Rest Point is 5km west of Walpole via the South Western Highway and Rest Point Road

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