TRAIL NOTES: Coastal Plains Walk Trail

(updated July 14, 2014)

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.

Please  see Jamie’s comment below dated July 14, 2014 for an update on the Trail. It seems that the Coastal Plains Trail from just before just before Neaves Road to Cooper Road has been officially closed due to ongoing vandalism and anti social behaviour. This includes the Prickly Bark camp site.  The actual on the ground status of the Trail may vary over time but it is still currently in place.

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.


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


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.


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.

15 Responses to TRAIL NOTES: Coastal Plains Walk Trail

  1. Mike Dean 29 January 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 29 January 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 3 February 2010 at 12:39 PM #

    Hi Mike

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


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

    Hi Mike

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


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

    Hi Mike

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


  6. Damon Hatchett 13 January 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

  7. Jamie 14 July 2014 at 8:12 AM #

    Dear Aushiker

    My fiancee and I completed the Coastal Plain Track yesterday. We started from Yanchep (started from Ghost House Trail which linked to Coastal Plain Trail). We notified the Yanchep Centre that we will be completing the hike.
    The trail was easy to follow. Some parts the were covered with branches and trees were growing over the trail.
    The blue (emu feet sign) led us to the right direction when we came across a T junction. We used a compass and the map guide the was given to us from Yanchep National Park.

    We came across three huts, first hut was shapcotts campsite, beautiful spot, very well looked after, register book with camping supplies. Firewood supplied for those who were camping overnight, water tank (water has not been treated and toilet facilities.
    Ridges – was the same, beautiful spot also, great to have lunch.
    Moitch – (The same as above) We camped overnight, no person to be seen. Had the campsite to ourselves, , toilet facilities, fab spot, ring burner with firewood supplies.
    I didn’t come across any tics (thank goodness)

    The walk is breath taking, wild flowers blossom and the scenery changes every 30min of our journey. It may be bushland, but it is amazing.
    We came across a few motorbikers and hikers. We also came across loads of kangaroos, birdlife and a snake. We followed fresh Emu footprints on the track for a few km’s of our journey didn’t see any…

    BE WARNED: After hiking over 40km, we came across the sign (just before Neaves Road) stating
    – “PUBLIC CLOSURE NOTICE” Due to ongoing Vandalism and Anti Social behaviour Prickly Bark camp site and the section of Coastal Plain Walk trail from Neaves to Cooper Road has been removed.

    We were both disappointed no one informed us at the centre about this matter.We hiked all this way with no notice. We had our vehicle waiting for us at Cooper Road. We notice the gates closed off the track. You could see all the rubbish people had left behind. (Disappointing for hikers)

    We wanted to complete this track to end and we were not going back, so we went around the fence and notice the track was still there, we spotted the blue emu feet and followed the track right through. Well signed posted, right to the end. The trail was quite stunning, it was peaceful, there were roos jumping around, we were glad we carried on. We found a log which layer over the vegetation which was a perfect place to have a spot of lunch.

    We missed the Pirckly Bark Campsite – we continued our hike through to the end of cooper road (we were put off about the campsite) however, we did make up our km’s from Ghost House Trail.
    At the end of the track we saw the exact warning sign about the public closure.

    We informed Yanchep Centre about the closure matter and informed them about how awesome the walk was. (Please call the centre if you decide to complete the walk)

    We did the hike in 2 days. It was a challenging hike. Winter is the best time to do it.
    STUNNING, AMAZING, MUST DO – for those who enjoy a hike and a challenge.

    I plan to do the Cookatoo Walking Trail Next.. (nice and easy walk).

    • Aushiker 14 July 2014 at 2:42 PM #

      Thanks Jamie for the update trail report. It is very much appreciated even it if has bad news about the Pricklybark Campsite. That is very disappointing … why do we have to behave like this?

  8. Jamie 14 July 2014 at 8:25 AM #

    Also.. I would like to thank you for your information about the Coastal Plain Track.
    I read it a few days before we completed the track. Great info.

    Regards Jamie

  9. will 31 January 2016 at 7:54 PM #

    Hello every one, I did the Coastal Plain walk from Cooper Rd to Prickly Bark Camp site today. Was disappointed to see the whole camp site was destroyed with just tin roofing laying on the ground the track itself was a little over grown but its not to bad.

  10. Lou 30 October 2017 at 8:06 PM #

    Just did this hike on the weekend. I loved it. We went from Neaves Rd to Yanchep NP. What a great trail. Remember to take plenty of water as tank at Ridges Hut has been stolen. Saw the last of the stunning wildflowers and walked on just about every surface – soft sand, hard sand, limestone, tarmac road, pine needles, gravel. Well marked trail. We were happy hikers.

    • Aushiker 31 October 2017 at 12:56 PM #

      Great to hear you had a good walk and thanks heaps for the update on the water tank at Ridges Campsite.

    • Bree 22 August 2018 at 3:41 PM #

      Hi Lou, Just wondering how you found the take off point on Neaves road. i Have been trying to look for it on maps so i can get a proper coordinate. I know it is in the Melaleuca conservation park, but how did you o finding it. thank you

      • lousadventuresblog 1 January 2019 at 8:34 PM #

        Sorry Bree I just saw this. It’s 14.5km from my driveway…lol. But seriously I’ve never measured the distance from the Joondalup Dr/Pinjar Rd roundabout, perhaps I should. The entrance has a small access from road, gate, trailhead sign inside gate. There is a speed sign on roadside which has a tyre wrapped around the pole at the base if that helps identify the spot. One of these days I’ll count the km when I go past.

  11. Liz Browning 25 May 2020 at 9:35 PM #

    I completed the Coastal Plains Trail way back in 2008. It was fantastic then. I recently did the Cockatoo Walk from Yanchep National Park, which prompted me to do a search and I found this page. I thought it might be of interest to you, that I spoke to one of the rangers whilst walking the Eagle View Walk in John Forest National Park recently, and he told me that Prickly Bark Shelter had been burnt down, replaced, and burnt down a second time. That is why they had to shorten the length of the trail. Motor bikes and vandals seem to be the curse of the walker! Ridges still has no water tank too, but there was a small container of water in the shelter for walkers. I wouldn’t rely on that though. It is still a beautiful trail. Happy Walking!

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