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Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gully Reserve

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

This easy 1.3 kilometre return trail in Stockyard Gully takes you along a sandy gully and into a cool and refreshing tunnel carved into limestone. The tunnel itself is big enough to stand within and walk through.

Sunlight pouring through the downstream entrance
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Cockleshell Gully Road picnic area, 50km NE of Jurien Bay which is 220m (2.5hours) north of Perth

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Stockyard Gully has an interesting history, named after the Stockmen who used the deep and cool gullies as a natural holding pen for their cattle. The stock were droved from Geraldton to Perth for market during the 1950's. The cave and gully offered a safe and refreshing place to camp.

Nowadays the droving days are gone and instead remains an oasis of lush vegetation along a sandy river bed and an inviting tunnel. From the upstream picnic area, follow the sandy creek bed into the cave. Then get your torch out because it is going to be dark. The cave is great for those entering a cave for the first time, its wide open spaces make all feel at ease. It is self-guiding however, care must be made to ensure your own safety and the welfare of the cave and its inhabitants. Keep noise to a minimum, no smoking within the cave and don't shine your torch at the bats. Bee hives are present in large numbers and both entrances, take care not to disturb the bees. The bees will be more prevalent on hot days.

The reserve itself is abundant in flora species, a real mecca during wildflower season.

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(08) 9956 6670

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Time / Duration

30 minutes


1.3km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Cockleshell Gully Road picnic area, 50km NE of Jurien Bay which is 220m (2.5hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Hazards & Warnings

Large number of bee hives and ticks present in this area


  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

Wildflower season August to September

Trail Access

4WD access along Cockleshell Gully Road

Prohibited Items

No firearm, pets or wood fires.
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1 trail goers have rated Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gully Reserve as 5 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Mark Little

Reviewed 2 Sep 2016, 8:38pm

Excellent!! Kids love it. Long tunnel where it becomes pitch black for lights off spooky fun with the kids. Cool in summer and a waterway in winter!

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