Meelup Reserve Trail
14.5 km return
4h to 6h
Meelup Reserve Trail
14.5 km
Return

Run
2h to 3h

Walk
4h to 6h

Starting from the carpark on Hurford Street, Dunsborough, this walk takes you past Curtis Bay, Castle Rock, Castle Bay, Meelup Beach, Point Picquet, and Eagle Bay via the Meelup Reserve Trail. Linking Dunsborough to Eagle Bay, the 7.8km Meelup Reserve Trail leads walkers along the coast to beautiful secluded beaches and impressive granite rock formations. Most of the beaches along this track are renowned swimming beaches and are particularly inviting with their calm turquoise water. Small reefs and rocky outcrops provide good snorkeling opportunities. On the trail there's plenty of wildlife and wildflowers in spring. There are numerous vantage points along the way which are great for viewing whales from September to December. During the first few kilometres of the walk, the trail features several short turn offs leading to a number of small secluded beaches that can only be reached from the trail. One of the main highlights of the walk is the imposing Castle Rock. Further ahead, Castle Bay is framed by the striking formations of Sail Rock to the west and Castle Rock to the east, making it a very picturesque spot for a beach picnic on the white sand and a refreshing swim in the clear turquoise waters. From Castle Bay onwards the beaches are larger, however there are still some rugged sections that divide up the beaches. Meelup Beach is the heart of the Meelup Regional Park. Here, the protected bay offers ideal swimming conditions. Barbecues and picnic tables sit under leafy gum trees on large grassy areas, making it the perfect spot for a picnic all year round. Another nice feature of Meelup Beach is that it is also where Meelup Brook runs into the ocean. Meelup to Eagle Bay is a little more rugged ascending the hill to higher views of the beautiful water. This section features the only real ascent of the trail, although it isn't very long or difficult. After a downhill wander, stunning Eagle Bay looms in the distance. The trail continues through Reidle Park to the Eagle Bay Carpark, with a well shaded boardwalk leading down to the beach. This is a fairly easy walk along a mostly flat trail with very little change in elevation. The trail is clear, well maintained and reasonably well signed. There are large panels at the start of the trail and markers all along the way. The trail from Dunsborough to Point Piquet is very easy to follow, but becomes a bit confusing from there to Eagle Bay. Walkers can either return to their car via the Meelup Reserve Trail, arrange for a taxi or park a second car at the end of the trail near Riedle Park in Eagle Bay. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Points of Interest
Gannet Rock car park
Meelup Beach car park
Reidle Park
Toilet

Places & Areas
Australia
Australia/Perth Time Zone
City Of Busselton
Dunsborough
Eagle Bay
Meelup Beach
Naturaliste
Reidle Park
Western Australia