Yallingup is a picture-perfect region, found near Margaret River in WA. This area is great for surfing, beach days and hiking. This article will give you information about the hiking trails in Yallingup. These hiking trails form part of the cape to cape scenic walking track that goes from the Naturalist lighthouse to the Leeuwin lighthouse.
Distance – 3 kms
Allow – 45 minutes – 1 hour.
This scenic loop trail takes you through a diverse range of coastal vegetation with abundant native wildflowers through spring. To the South, you will see the turquoise waters of Smiths beach through the extensive outcrops of Canal Rocks. To the North, is Yallingup Town and SugarLoaf Rock. You will follow the trail inland through coastal forest and enjoy the descent into the valley of Yallingup Brook. The blue signs mark the trail from Yallingup Beach, past Torpedo Carpark, through the forest, around Yallingup Township and back to Slippery Rock.
When you reach the Yallingup Township, it can be difficult to follow the signage. You need to walk down past Caves house and follow the path down the hill, back towards the beach. If you do feel lost, ask a local for directions.
You can start this trail at the Torpedo Car Park or Yallingup Beach car park.
Distance – 4 km loop trail
Allow – 1 – 2 hours.
This loop trail leads you along Smiths Beach and past the granite outcrops of Torpedo Rock. You can expect ocean views and expose to unique coastal vegetation on the inland section of the trail.
You can start the trail at the Smiths Beach carpark, or the Torpedo Rock Car Park (found at the top of the hill as you drive into Yallingup). As it is a loop, can simply follow the trail until you return to where you started.
Distance – 6.3km Loop Trail
Allow – 2 – 2.5 hours
This loop trail leads you from the north of Yallingup all the way to Sugarloaf rock and back. The well-marked trail follows the coast along the cliff line, through coastal vegetations, offering stunning coastal views all the way to Sugarloaf Rock. The trail then climbs up over Wardanup Hill through coastal peppermint forest then down to Ngilgi Cave and into the valley of Yallingup Brook and back into town.
Tips for hiking in Yallingup
- Keep to the marked trails at all times.
- If you do get lost, ask someone.
- Always carry plenty of water. 1 litre per hour is advised.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen. The Australian sun is very strong.
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes.
- Carry appropriate clothing – a jacket and rain jacket, depending on the time of year.
- Be aware of snakes and other wildlife.
- If you take rubbish on the hike with you, be sure to take it home with you.
- Lamont’s on Smiths Beach in Yallingup makes amazing coffee!