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About Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
The vibrant red dunes contrast with the white sandy near coastal area and host a diversity of plants, with an impressive flowering display in spring. Birds are abundant, including the rare Western (thick-billed) Grasswren, Chiming Wedgebill, White-browed Babbler, Zebra Finch, Southern Scrubwren and Crested Bellbird.
The tidal flats and beach are a haven for shorebird species including Pelicans, Osprey, Bar-tailed Godwit, Plover, Curlew, Fairy Turns and Sandpipers. The hiking trail options start from the World Heritage garden adjoining the Monkey Mia Visitor Centre.
All hikes, at about 550m from the Visitor Centre, have access to an 85m long boardwalk - ending with a lookout on top of the red sand dune. The lookout has panoramic views of the coastline, Monkey Mia and Faure Island.
Sandy trail sections may make it a bit more of an effort. It's recommended that the longest trail is only walked in the cool of the morning or late afternoon to avoid heat stress.
Short return walk - Class 2 1.1km return. Allow 45 minutes: This trail meanders across white, coastal sandplain, then up a boardwalk to a lookout at the top of the red sand dune.
Medium loop walk - Class 3 1.5km loop. Allow 1 hour: From the lookout, walk back down onto the sandplain and take the trail to the beach. Turn left at the beach to return to Monkey Mia.
Long loop walk - Class 3 2.45km loop. Allow 1.5 hours: Continue from the lookout along the top of the red sand dune for 480 metres, then descend and cross the white coastal sandplain to the beach. Turn left and walk 1km along the beach back to Monkey Mia.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Allow 45mins - 1 hour
Mostly flat with ascending hill viewing platform.
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
Monkey Mia Car Park 26kms from Denham which is 826km (9 hours) north of Perth
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.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Short return Trail: Class 2 | Medium loop Trail: Class 3 | Long loop Trail: Class 3
The Monkey Mia resort houses a range of facilities to accomodate travelers including tent sites, caravan sites and hotel rooms.
The town of Denham and the Francois Peron National Park are close-by alternative accomodation options.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Interpretive Centre
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Visitor Information Centre
- Bicycles Prohibited
- Child Activities
- Coach Parking
- First Aid Equipment
- All accessible toilet facilities
Best time of year
May to October
Monkey Mia Day/Month pass required. (National Park Pass/RAC bookings cannot be used)
826km North of Perth (9+ Hours) Drive, bus or fly to Denham / Monkey Mia (26km East of Denham). 2WD access.
No pets or bikes on this trail
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Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Viewing Platform Aerial
Enjoy unobstructed views of the Bay from the walk trail viewing platform.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Boardwalk
Boardwalk lower section facing north-east towards the trail junction.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Boardwalk (1)
The viewing platform is accessed via the boardwalk to help prevent disturbance of the dune vegetation and habitat.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Trail Head Sign (1)
South facing trail head signage.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Viewing Platform (1)
View of interpretive panels and seating available at the boardwalk viewing platform.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Trail Map (1)
Please read the trail map for important trail information.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia - Echidna (KWordsworth)
Observe the local wildlife such as this echidna seen walking along the trail at sunrise.
Sand Spit - Local Birdlife (looking East towards Faure Island)Resident cormorants, pelicans, terns and seagulls mingle with visiting shorebirds near where longer trails meet the beach.
Contrasting landscapesContrast of red dunes meeting white sandy flats along the trail.
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