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Western end of Yokinup Bay, Cape Arid National Park 125km (1.5 hours) east of Esperance
Trail EndGet directions
Eastern end of Kennedy beach
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About Tagon Coastal Trail, Cape Arid NP
Tagon Coastal Trail starts at the eastern end of Yokinup Bay at the mouth of the Thomas River. Depending on the time of year and if the river is broken through to the ocean, walkers may have to wade through the river to access the start of the walk from the picnic area car park. A great location to spot a number of different bird species including Hooded Plovers, Crested Terns and Oyster Catchers. The trail offers spectacular views of the coastline and a great vantage point for watching migatory whales (July- October).
The walk takes you up a moderately steep incline over exposed granite around a number of headlands traversing through coastal heath where emus can be spotted. The trail can be sandy with granite outcrops to cross and is unmarked apart from where the vegetation has been trimmed to delineate the path or the occasional wooden marker peg across the granite outcrop. Where the trail follows the beach it is unmarked and walkers should follow the tide line. Walk trail surface consists of natural pavements made up of rock material including exposed granite, gravel and beach sand. Some parts of the track may be eroded after heavy rain.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
4 - 6 hours
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 ample water. No drinking water available in park.
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Hazards & WarningsTrail surface is natural pavements of sand, gravel and rock with steep edges so caution is advised. Stay clear of waters edge.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
Best time of year
All year round
National Park fees
To access the trail turn down Thomas River Road an unsealed road off Merivale Road.
Prohibited ItemsNo pets or bicycles
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Little TagonLittle Tagon, one of the beautiful beaches the walk takes you along
Yokinup BayThe walk trail begins at Yokinup Bay taking you seven kilometres to Kennedy Beach
Dolphin Cove LookoutApproximately halfway along the walk is Dolphin Cove Lookout and car park allowing the walk to be done in sections.
Monitor LizardMany monitor lizards can be seen basking in the sun along the walk trail.
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