Whether you’re after a quick walk, a full day’s walking or even a multi-day hike, the Margaret River region has you covered.
Here are a few suggestions to get a healthy dose of fresh air and immerse yourself in the region’s spectacular landscape on foot.
Carter Road Trail Head
For a quick nature fix, without leaving Margaret River township too far behind, head to the Carter Road Trail Head. Located a few kilometres northwest of Margaret River, the Carter Road Trail Head is set among the forest and along the picturesque Bramley Brook.
There are four fantastic short to medium length walk trails to suit everyone. The longest trail is the 3.4km Big Brook Walk, an easy grade circuit trail that crisscrosses the Bramley Brook and follows a section of the Rails to Trails Trail. Another medium grade walk is The Old Chimney Walk, a 2.7km circuit walk that takes in the old chimney and the original mill at Wharncliffe.
For an extra challenge, The Pine Plantation Walk 1.7km and the 3km Bridge Walk have some steep grade sections. Both walks offer plenty of stunning views along the way.
Ten Mile Brook Trail Walk
This is a joint cycle and walk trail to the Ten Mile Brook Dam which serves as a water catchment area for Margaret River. The 15km return walk starts at the Rotary Park and is classed as an easy gradient with most of the trail on gravel road.
Much of the trail follows the river and is at its prettiest when the river is at its fullest. Once you’ve reached the dam, there’s a nice picnic stop at Rusden Picnic area before you head back.
For a map and trail notes from TrailsWA click here.
Formerly known as the Rails to Trail Track, the Wadandi Track is a joint cycle and walking trail that follows the former Busselton to Flinders Bay Railway.
The full trail is yet to be completed, but for now, you can enjoy the 25km section from Cowaramup to Witchcliffe in the south. This easy grade trail passes through natural bushland, vineyards, farmland and takes in some of the local heritage surrounding the timber trade.
For a map and trail notes from TrailsWA click here.
Cape Naturaliste to Sugarloaf Rock
Enjoy one of the most scenic corners of the coastline on this stunning 3.5km section of the Cape to Cape trail. This section of the trail is a mix of bitumen and timber boardwalk making it suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
This is a great walk for the whole family and takes in the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, as well as the Sugarloaf Rock formation. There’s also an option to walk to the Whale Lookout, with good chances of seeing the migrating humpback whales between June and October.
For more trail notes and a map click here.
The 6.3km Wardanup Trail starts and ends at Rabbit Carpark in Yallingup. The trail passes through Yallingup township, the gardens at Caves House and Ngili Cave before it climbs over Wardanup Hill.
The trail has some fairly steep sections and covers a wide range of terrain including a walk along the beach. The hard work is well rewarded with sensational views of the Yallingup coastline.
Click here for trail notes and map from TrailsWA.
This pleasant 4km circuit walking trail is fun for the whole family and starts at Rabbit Carpark in Yallingup. From here the trail winds around the back of Smiths Beach, then takes you on to a section of the Cape to Cape Walk and follows the beach before winding back up through the dunes above Smiths Beach and back to Yallingup. You can, of course, do it walk in either direction and start and end at Smiths Carpark.
Click here for trail notes and a map from TrailsWA.
Possum Spotlighting Trail in Busselton
Give the kids an excuse to stay up late with this night walk through the Tuart Forest in Busselton.
The big appeal of this 1.5km walk is that it’s done by torchlight, with the chance to see possums and other night creatures. The walk begins at the Layman picnic site in Busselton – bring a torch, it’s dark.
You can also take nocturnal wildlife tour to see woylies and other creatures of the night. For tour details and prices click here.
Cape to Cape Walk
The 135km long Cape to Cape Walk is one of the country’s premium long distance walking trails. The trail follows the spectacular coastline stretching from the northern terminus at Cape Naturaliste all the way to Cape Leeuwin in the south.
It’s a five to six-day hike to complete the trail from end to end. However, the great things about the trail is that you can do as much or as little as you want with some of the best sections within easy access from almost all of the beach car parks along the coast. Although you can’t go wrong whatever part of the trail you choose to walk, some of the highlights of the trail include:
- Hamelin Bay to Cosy Corner
- Castle Rock to Wyadup Beach
- Smith’s Beach to Canal Rocks
There are some great tour options for the Cape to Cape Track that cater for a single day or multi-day hikes; including this 8-day tour from Perth, that you can find details for here.
Want more trails
Be sure to visit the excellent TrailsWA website. Here you’ll find comprehensive trail notes about all kinds of trails throughout Western Australia. This includes walking trails as well as cycling trails, kayaking trails, 4WD and even bridle trails.
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