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TRAIL NOTES: Coastal Plains Walk Trail

The Coastal Plains Walk Trail is a 55 km trail located in the northern outer region of the greater Perth metropolis. It starts within the Yanchep National Park (approximately 6 km north of the McNess House Visitors Centre within the park) and ends in the Melaleuca Park, west of Bullsbrook (northeast of Wanneroo). The trail is fairly well established, with four campsites (Shapcotts, Ridges, Moitch, and Prickly Bark). The southern terminus is 2.7 km east of Prickly Bark campsite on Coopers Road.

Each campsite consists of a three sided bunk style shelter, a fire ring, two picnic tables, water tank feed off the shelter roof and tent sites.

As the area walked in is a coastal plain (emphasis on plain) the track is sandy. Also the track does not go near water or the coast, hence it is “coastal” in name only, therefore the only source of water are the campsites.

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) suggest 3 1/2 days to complete the walk, however I would suggest a three day walk schedule, overnighting at Ridges and Moitch is quite feasible for most reasonably experienced walkers.

The Trail is predominately sand and some sections, particularly either side of the Moitch campsite are popular with trail bike riders who rip up the trail. Therefore I suggest the best time to walk the trail is during autumn and winter, once we have had good rains to help harden up the surface and before the sand dries out and becomes soft. I have walked the trail in November and that was really too late into the season and was quite hard going.

After your walk of the Trail please do post a comment here so we can have a Trail status update for other walkers.

MAPS/DOCUMENTATION

CALM’s 2005/2006 Operations Maps (1:50 000) Yanchep 2034-4 & Muchea 2034-1 show the complete track.

TRACK NOTES

The camp coordinates (with the exception of Shapcotts) and the trail heads (with the exception of Ghost House trail head) are also available as a GPS Exchange (*.gpx) file, a OziExplorer waypoint file and for Google Earth fans as a Google Earth *.kmz file. If anyone can assist with the missing coordinates, they would be appreciated.

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Would you like to talk to others about walking the Coastal Plains Walk Trail? If so please join your fellow bushwalkers at the Yahoo! group, Aushiker, where there are friendly members familiar with the trail.

6 Responses to TRAIL NOTES: Coastal Plains Walk Trail

  1. Mike Dean January 29, 2010 at 1:42 AM #

    Dear Aushiker,
    Great website. Thanks for all yr work. I think I have found some of yr geocaches too!
    This comment left – other than to say thanks – to let you know that the link to GPX and OziExplorer WPT files on the Coastal Plans walktrail page arent working (Error 404).
    Best regards
    Mike Dean

  2. Mike Dean January 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM #

    Dear Aushiker,
    Great website. Thanks for all yr work. I think I have found some of yr geocaches too!
    This comment left – other than to say thanks – to let you know that the link to GPX and OziExplorer WPT files on the Coastal Plans walktrail page arent working (Error 404).
    Best regards
    Mike Dean

  3. Andrew Priest February 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM #

    Hi Mike

    Thanks for the comments and heads-up on the link issues. They should be now fixed.

    Regards
    Andrew

  4. Andrew Priest February 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM #

    Hi Mike

    Thanks for the comments and heads-up on the link issues. They should be now fixed.

    Regards
    Andrew

  5. Andrew Priest February 3, 2010 at 8:39 PM #

    Hi Mike

    Thanks for the comments and heads-up on the link issues. They should be now fixed.

    Regards
    Andrew

  6. Damon Hatchett January 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM #

    Hi, Thank you for your web page. Stayed recently (Jan 2012) and loved the new “Shack” at Shapcotts, so lovely. Just a warning that the bush tics are terrible at the moment so take plenty of repellant! No joke i have never had so many ever in my life. At least 15 or 20 very small ones.

    Happy hiking everyone

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