Starting from the dirt car park in Francois Peron National Park, this return walk takes you to Skipjack Point and back via Wanamalu Trail. You can enjoy the views of the contrasting red beach and blue sky and observe the marine life through the crystal clear waters. The unique views are breathtaking and suitable for photography. Walk along the red dunes and look for dolphins, manta rays and dugongs as you traverse. There is not a lot of shade through the walk, so you might want to bring sunscreen and plenty of water with you. You will need a 4WD vehicle to reach the area. 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.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Car (You may need a 4WD vehicle to get to the starting point.)
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the end of Cape Peron (4wd only) road, pass through the bollard and head along the sand track marked by the "Cliff Risk Area" sign towards the ocean. Keep right and head towards the slanted "Wanamalu Trail on Wulyibidi" sign. Pass by the said sign (to your left) and follow the sand track gently uphill to continue along the Wanamalu Trail to Skipjack Point Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Wanamalu Trail & Cape Peron 4wd only Start heading along Wanamalu Trail (a walking track).
After 25 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Skipjack Point 4wd only & Wanamalu Trail) turn sharp left, to head along Skipjack Point 4wd only (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Skipjack Point & Skipjack Point 4wd only) turn left, to head along Skipjack Point (a walking track).
After another 255 m continue straight, to head along Skipjack Point.
After another 6 m come to the "Skipjack Point" (20 m on your left).
After another 9 m come to "Skipjack Point".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Wanamalu Trail to Skipjack Point
1 h to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)