Wardanup Trail Loop

1 h 30 min to 2 h
45 min to 1 h 15 min

6.3 km
circuit

↑ 244 m
↓ -244 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Rabbit Hill Carpark at the end of Dawson Drive, Yallingup, this walk takes you on a circuit up Wardanup Hill, past Ngilgi Cave and along Yallingup Beach via the Wardanup Trail. A favourite with the locals, this picturesque 6.4 kilometre loop walk encompasses both coastal scenery and shady forest paths. You'll head along the cliff line that will provide you countless panoramic views. Keep an eye out for surfers as well. The trail climbs steeply up over Wardanup Hill through coastal peppermint forest, then heads down to Ngilgi Cave, an amazing Karst cave system with a beautiful array of varied crystal formations enhanced by colourful lighting. The trail then descends into the Yallingup Brook valley and the Yallingup township, passing the spectacular Yallingup reef and onto Yallingup Beach, where you walk along the sand before climbing back up to the Rabbit Hill Carpark. The Wardanup Trail is best suited for moderately experienced hikers due to the changing terrain that includes a sandy beach, dense forest coverage, steep hillsides, cliffs, and coastal rocks. Sturdy walking/hiking boots are recommended to handle the different ground coverings. The trail is open to the public every day, has restroom facilities and resting areas to take in the changing views or just to sit and enjoy a bottle of water and a snack. The loop trail is clearly defined and well signposted, with orange markers to guide you along the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.6347313,115.0299232)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bussell Highway, 10
  • Turn on to Wildwood Road then drive for 17.3 km
  • Turn right onto Caves Road, 250 and drive for another 3 km
  • Turn left onto Yallingup Beach Road and drive for another 1.9 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Dawson Drive and drive for another 460 m
  • Keep left onto Dawson Drive and drive for another 235 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Rabbit Hill Carpark at the end of Dawson Drive, Yallingup, head along the sandy path at the corner of the carpark, then climb the steps onto the wooden lookout with a couple of benches. From the lookout, head along the short sealed path until it joins the Cape to Cape Track, then turn left and follow the trail ahead to continue the Wardanup Trail Loop.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 20 m veer right, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 50 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 650 m pass a seat (60 m on your left).
Then come to the viewpoint (60 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 370 m turn right.
After another 740 m pass a seat (7 m on your right)., has no backrest.
Then come to the viewpoint (7 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 275 m turn right.
After another 40 m pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 135 m turn right.
After another 1 km turn right.
After another 175 m turn left.
After another 380 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 6 m come to the viewpoint (5 m on your right).
After another 5 m turn right.
After another 295 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Ngilgi Cave, as mentioned in the description. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 120 m turn right.
After another 15 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 220 m turn left.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 170 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 35 m pass the restaurant (115 m on your left).
After another 85 m veer right.
After another 125 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 140 m veer left, to head along Wardanup Crescent.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Elsegood Avenue & Valley Road) continue straight, to head along Valley Road.
After another 260 m pass the "Ablution/Laundry" (70 m on your left). This toilet is male and female.
Then come to the "Yallingup Beach Holiday Park" (9 m on your left).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Valley Road.
After another 40 m turn right.
After another 25 m pass the car park (25 m on your left).
After another 70 m pass the playground (90 m on your left).
Then pass the "Shaana" (10 m on your right).
After another 1 m turn right.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the water tap (9 m on your right).
After another 9 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 3 m turn right, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 10 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your left).
After another 680 m come to the end.

This side trip takes you to the Ngilgi Cave, as mentioned in the description.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 15 m back from the start).
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 35 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 145 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Wardanup Trail Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.3 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 5.4 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 5.5 km.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 1.3 km apart with the largest gap of 2.5 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
5.4 kmYallingup Beach Holiday Park
Toilet
5.5 kmAblution/Laundry
Toilet
5.6 km[toilet]
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