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The Hakea Trail is a 23km, grade 4, one way hike located in the East Fitzgerald National Park, Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.
The Hakea Trail is a 23 kilometre spectacular and rugged coastal walk trail in the East Fitzgerald National Park. It starts at the Cave Point Car Park and extends westward to Quoin Head. However, the trail can be accessed at several points along its route. The trail has markers bearing the Royal Hakea.
Cave Point to West Beach Headland. A short beach walk followed by an ascent through heathland to woodland, culminating in a viewpoint with a seat.
West Beach Headland to Hamersley Inlet. The trail leads to Nature’s Rockery lookout from where there are 360 degree views of the central peaks and western coastline. It continues to Edward’s Point Steps. After descending these steps, the trail continues around to a rocky beach and headland. Once this headland is rounded you then walk along Hamersley Beach. Beware four wheel drive vehicles. Also take care if the tide is high. At the end of the beach there is a pole indicating the Hamesley Inlet Link Trail. This 1.5km trail will take you to the Car Park and Picnic Area at Hamersley Inlet.
Hamersley Inlet to Tamala Karst Lookout. Suited to an easy return trip this section takes in the sheltered woodlands of the link trail, some beach walking and then the creamy cliffs of the Tamala Karst formation. Good views from the lookout.
Tamala Karst Lookout to Whalebone Creek Campground. Melaleuca woodland, inland and cliff top walking make this section varied and spectacular.
Whalebone Creek Campground to Quoin Head. Spectacular coastal and inland views. The trail ends at the Quoin Head four wheel drive track. Note that this vehicle track to Quoin Head from Hamersley Inlet is a four wheel drive track, involving creek crossings and a steep descent to Quoin Head.
About the region
Fitzgerald River National Park is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Within the park are found nearly 20 per cent of Western Australias flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries. The park features a tantalising variety of landscapes to explore from rolling plains, colourful breakaways, rugged peaks and headlands to stunning bays and inlets. During winter, southern right whales shelter close to shore with their newborn calves.
Located within Fitzgerald River National Park, there are a few access points for the Hakea Trail to break it up into sections. The easiest place to access the trail is Cave Point, which can be reached using the paved roads from the eastern entrance of the park.
Start Point: Cave Point Fitzgerald River National Park, 600 km from Perth
End Point: Quoin Head Fitzgerald River National Park
Region: East Fitzgerald National Park, Golden Outback
For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.