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Shannon Picnic area in Shannon National Park, 348 km (4 hours) south of Perth
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Shannon Picnic area in Shannon National Park
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About Rocks Walk Trail, Shannon NP
This walk starts at the Shannon Dam in the Shannon National Park.
Cross the causeway at Shannon Dam and start to climb alongside the karri crowns. As you walk, try to identify the different tree species. The chattering birds urge you to continue your climb. As you go higher, the trees thin out and the drought tolerant jarrah tree becomes more prevalent as the ground becomes rocky. Turn a corner in the trail and there is Mokare’s Rock, complete with a colourful carpet of flowers, mosses and lichens, from a boardwalk, you can get a close look at the delicate foliage without damaging it. Pause for a moment to enjoy the view across the Shannon River Basin, before slowly winding your way down through shady glens of karri oaks to the short spur trail to Smeathers Rock. It's worth taking this 360m return trail to see the Hollowbutt Karri and the forest views from Smeathers Rock.
From Smeathers Rock, it is a short walk back to the Dam.
For a longer walk, you can start at the Shannon Campground and follow the Shannon Dam Walk Trail up to the Dam before picking up the Rocks Walk Trail.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
2 hour 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 ItemsPlenty of water for a 2 hour walk.
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.
Hazards & WarningsSome sections steep.
FacilitiesSome of these facilities are only at the Shannon Campground.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- Parking for Disabled
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- Toilet Facilities for Disabled
Best time of year
All year round
National Park fees
Drive or bus to Pemberton. No transport from Pemberton to Shannon Dam.
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Shannon DamVisitors can enjoy a range of recreational activities from canoeing/kayaking, swimming, cycling and bush walking.
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