Walking trails near Yallingup
Hiking is a great way to discover the Margaret River region
Photos by Jennifer Morton
The Margaret River region is a Mecca for nature lovers who enjoy spending a day (or more) in the Great Outdoors. When holidaying in Yallingup, you’re spoiled for choice of walking trails that will allow you to discover the region’s natural beauty.
From short bush walks to multi-day treks along the coast, walking the trails near Yallingup and Dunsborough is an activity for just about everyone. Here are a few of our favourites walk trails in and around Yallingup to inspire you to pack your walking shoes or hiking boots.
Head to the entrance of Ngigli Cave in Yallingup and you’ll find signs for this short walk that will take you through peppermint trees and around the outside of the cave system. During summer, take a torch and go at dusk. You may see ringtail possums getting ready for a night of foraging in the forest. This loop track is graded easy and suitable for most ages and levels of fitness.
Length: 0.6 km loop track
Allow: 20-30 minutes
Cape Naturaliste Track
Starting at the Cape Naturaliste car park, this easy four kilometre loop trail will take you almost to the top of the cape. This is a good one for families as the terrain is stable and easy. Be sure to bring a camera as there are many spectacular photo opportunities along the way.
Length: 4 km loop track
Allow: 2 hours
Canal Rocks to Wyadup Bay
Canal Rocks, near Yallingup, is a hub for fisherman, snorkellers, tourists, photographers and scenery seekers. The collection of rocks sit in the crashing waves and draws people in with their mesmerising colours and shapes. After viewing the waves from the bridge, you can take a hike south to Wyadup Bay. The path, which is part of the Cape to Cape Track, starts at the Canal Rocks upper car park. This section starts off easy but then can be rough and steep. You could always just go to the look-out and back, which is about 400 metres return.
Length: 4 km return
Allow: 1-2 hours
Hike to Quinninup Falls
The path to Quinninup Falls is also part of the Cape to Cape Track (see below). The track to the Falls is mostly easy, there’s even a boardwalk for a small section. But there is also a good-sized sand dune to navigate, which is easy and fun on the way there and not-so-fun on the way back (don’t worry, it’s not too hard). The Falls are the big ticket draw here but viewing the coastline from this angle is breathtaking and worth all the sand in your shoes. See our detailed guide on how to get to Quinninup Falls.
Length: 3 km return
Allow: 75 minutes
Cape to Cape Track
The daddy of the south west hiking trails is the 135 kilometre Cape to Cape Track. This one is for serious trekkers who have a few days and a lot of energy to spare. The coastal track runs between Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta. Some the of trail is considered easy, while some sections are rugged and rough. The good news is if you don’t want to walk the entire track, there are ways to experience small pieces of it (see the other trails listed above).
Length: 135 km one-way
Allow: 5-8 days
Tips for bushwalking around Yallingup
- Wear suitable, closed-toes footwear
- Slip, slop slap sunscreen on during high UV weather
- Bring water: 1 litre per person, per hour
- Do not stray off the tracks
- Be mindful of snakes in spring and summer
- Tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back
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