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Tagon Coastal Trail, Cape Arid NP

  • Half day
  • 14 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

Tagon Coastal Trail is a 14 kilometre return moderately difficult walk in Cape Arid National Park. The Tagon Coastal Trail winds through coastal heath and across rocky headlands, providing excellent vantage points for whale watching.

Little Tagon, one of the beautiful beaches the walk takes you along
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Trail Start

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Western end of Yokinup Bay, Cape Arid National Park 125km (1.5 hours) east of Esperance

Trail End

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Eastern end of Kennedy beach

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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.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service

+61 8 9776 1207

Esperance Wheatbealt Visitor Centre

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Time / Duration

4 - 6 hours

Length

14km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Western end of Yokinup Bay, Cape Arid National Park 125km (1.5 hours) east of Esperance

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Trail End

Eastern end of Kennedy beach

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Moderate to Difficult walk. Sandy beach and exposed granite sections. Trail unmarked.

Hazards & Warnings

Trail surface is natural pavements of sand, gravel and rock with steep edges so caution is advised. Stay clear of waters edge.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

All year round

Fees

National Park fees

Trail Access

To access the trail turn down Thomas River Road an unsealed road off Merivale Road.

Prohibited Items

No pets or bicycles
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