(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.
LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE TRAIL
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.