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Meelup Reserve Trail is a 7.4km, grade 1 one way hike, located in Dunsborough, Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.
This coastal walk weaves along the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay from Dunsborough to Meelup. Highlights include whale watching lookouts, various ecosystems, small bay communities and some of the best beaches in Western Australia.
Specific trail features the vast array of sea life including seals and dolphins, wildlife including kangaroos, snakes, Birds (including New Holland Honey Eaters and Commorants), the beautiful coastal flora (including peppermint forest), the beautiful views and good swimming at the unpatrolled beaches (Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay and Meelup). Heading off from the beach in Old Dunsborough, the well maintained trail winds its way past beach shacks before reaching the coastal scrub en-route to Meelup beach. Meelup is an iconic Australian beach with white sand and crystal clear waters. Protected from prevailing south west winds and swells it provides a safe swimming haven for the whole family. Stop here during peak season for an ice cream, picnic and a swim. Meelup to Eagle Bay is a little more rugged ascending the hill to higher views of the beautiful water. After a downhill wander, stunning Eagle Bay (and its cafÃ©) looms in the distance. The trail continues down to the beach. The trail commences two kilometres from the centre of Dunsborough. Dunsborough is located approximately 255 kilometres, or a 2.5-3 hour drive from Perth. You can catch a public transport bus from Perth to Dunsborough (which will take approximately 4.5 hours), visit www.transwa.wa.gov.au for timetables and fares. Other sealed trail access points exist at Meelup, Point Picquet and Eagle Bay providing an opportunity to shorten the length of the walk.
Start Point: Old Dunsborough, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, 255km (2.5 – 3 hours) south of Perth
End Point: Meelup
Region: Dunsborough, South West
For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.